Prozone to Provide U.S. Soccer Federation with Global Player Performance Analysis

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Chicago, IL – October 9, 2015 – Prozone, a pioneer in sports performance and analysis, recently signed a landmark deal with the U.S. Soccer Federation to deliver a wide range of services to the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) and U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT). Prozone, which was purchased by STATS LLC in May 2015, will provide the U.S. National Teams its advanced video and analytics platforms that are used by soccer clubs and leagues all over the world.

As part of the deal, the USMNT and USWNT will have access to the PROZONE3 and MATCHVIEWER systems for all international fixtures. By supporting players and staff with detailed technical and physical performance information, the insights derived by the technology will transform the teams’ match preparation and opposition scouting processes.

Both teams will also be provided with access to the REALVIEW and GAMEPLAN platforms in order to enhance the presentation and sharing of key information. An elite telestrator system, REALVIEW is designed to deliver an interactive and engaging analysis experience, while the GAMEPLAN application enables data, reports and video to be instantly shared to the mobile devices of players and coaches.

“Prozone has been an essential tool for U.S. Soccer and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Communications Neil Buethe. “The insights we derive from the data provided by Prozone are used to enhance the development and on-field performance of our players and teams at all levels.”

The new agreement will also provide the U.S. MNT with a unique monitoring service, which will highlight all potential player pool selections across all of the leagues they currently play in worldwide. This service tracks the performances of American players across the globe by archiving video clips from all games played and are sortable by individual players.

In addition to the services provided to the senior national teams, Prozone will process over 900 U.S. Soccer Development Academy games. These games will be processed throughout the year, with the data made available to academy teams through MATCHVIEWER and used to provide age-group benchmarks for U.S. Soccer.

“We are delighted to partner with U.S. Soccer in an agreement which will see our services used across many of the federation’s teams and departments,” said Stewart Mairs, Prozone’s U.S. Football (Soccer) Operations Manager. “The insights provided will also be used in the coach education process to help raise awareness of performance analysis techniques for future generations of coaches. We look forward to continuing our support of U.S. Soccer and providing a holistic service solution which can continue to develop performance on the field.”

Stadia Ventures Invites STATS to Judge Inaugural Pitch Day for Sports Startups

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Chicago, IL – August 18, 2015– STATS LLC, the world leading sports technology, data and content company, has been invited by St. Louis-based Stadia Ventures to participate in the first Finalist Pitch Day. Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Greg Kirkorsky will represent STATS along with 32 other judges to review 10 established sports business startups. The judges will identify the startups with the greatest potential in sports industry and provide them the opportunity to continue to grow their business with Stadia Ventures’ Accelerator program.

Stadia Ventures’ Accelerator program helps to develop companies that are in an early-growth stage and focused on sports business. Once admitted into the program the startups will receive mentorship, education and up to a $100,000 equity investment over the course of a few months, culminating with a graduation demo day in front of investors, executives and media.

“STATS is thrilled to be able to learn from and share expertise with some of the brightest and innovative minds in the sports technology space,” said Kirkorsky. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to get involved with some cutting-edge sports focused startups and to see the exciting new technologies they are developing.”

STATS is the leader in the sports technology space and prides itself on providing innovative content and solutions to satisfy diverse customer needs. With the recent acquisitions of Bsports, The Sports Network (TSN), TVTI, Automated Insights and Prozone, STATS is continuously expanding its reach and capabilities, while adding advanced and complementary technologies to its suite of products and solutions.

STATS announces FCS preseason Top 25 poll, launches www.fcs.football destination site

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Chicago, IL – August 10, 2015– STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, unveiled its preseason FCS Top 25 poll Monday – featuring four-time defending champion North Dakota State as the overwhelming No. 1 – and launched a destination site for FCS players and fans throughout the country.

STATS, which purchased The Sports Network (TSN) in February, announced it would expand TSN’s commitment to FCS coverage when revealing its preseason All-America team last month. For almost three decades, TSN served the FCS community with such staples as a pre- and postseason All-America team, weekly Top 25 poll, national players of the week, award watch lists and season-ending honors.

To no one’s surprise, North Dakota State University (NDSU) will be a significant part of that coverage. The Bison, who received 144 out of 147 first-place votes, begin their quest for an unprecedented fifth straight FCS title when they take on No. 13 Montana in the FCS Kickoff – the first game of the college football season – on Aug. 29. The game will be televised by ESPN.

“What we’ve done has been phenomenal, but we have to stay hungry,” said NDSU coach Chris Klieman. “It’s different in my five years here now that we have most of our guys back on offense and very few on defense. We are going to need some young guys to step up, and we’re going to be challenged right away at Montana.”

Illinois State, Sam Houston State, Villanova, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Washington, Jacksonville State, Chattanooga, New Hampshire and Northern Iowa rounded out the top 10.

STATS’ coverage of the subdivision will be spearheaded by longtime TSN FCS Executive Director Craig Haley and supported by journalists based out of STATS’ Chicagoland headquarters. The company is leveraging its core editorial, data and product expertise to create a destination site – www.fcs.football – featuring breaking news, real-time scores and video analysis that no FCS fan will want to go without.

“By continuing the FCS Top 25 poll and bolstering it with a destination website, STATS is showing its commitment to improving FCS player and fan experiences. It’s such fertile ground for coverage,” Haley said.

The site will continue to evolve throughout the season both in its look and content. A conference-by-conference preview package and regular video installments on timely topics are set to kick off this week, in addition to features and breaking news as the season nears.

“The idea is to make fcs.football a one-stop shop for everyone’s FCS coverage needs,” said Brian Orefice, STATS’ Director of News and Editorial Operations, “whether that fan is looking for the latest score from a Maine Black Bears game or breaking news on the San Diego Toreros.”

The FCS competes at the NCAA’s Division I level, and is home to 125 schools in 13 conferences across the country. Approximately 150 FCS players are on NFL rosters annually, including current stars Tony Romo (Eastern Illinois), Joe Flacco (Delaware), Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado), Jared Allen (Idaho State) and Julius Thomas (Portland State).

STATS and Equibase Announce Strategic Partnership

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Chicago, IL – August 9, 2015– STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, and Equibase Company, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database, have entered into a strategic partnership to develop products and services for horseplayers. The announcement was made by STATS’ Executive Vice President for Strategic Relationships, Bill Squadron, during his presentation at the 63rd Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, NY.

“Combining the skill set and sports technology capabilities of STATS with Equibase’s data and expertise will be a win-win for both avid horseplayers and new fans to the sport,” said Squadron. “The predictive algorithms we have developed for other sports have natural applications that will be leveraged for horse racing. We couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities.”

STATS has been established as a world leader in sports technology for football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer. The partnership with Equibase marks a new arena for STATS to enter and will provide an unprecedented product to Thoroughbred racing enthusiasts.

“Equibase closely monitors how other sports use data to serve their fans and we have been very impressed with STATS and their suite of offerings, in particular those for Major League Baseball and soccer’s Premier League,” said Equibase President and Chief Operating Officer Hank Zeitlin. “I am confident our collaboration with STATS will result in a truly innovative product that is unique to anything else currently on the market.”

STATS and LeTV Sports bring SportVU Player Tracking to China’s International Champions Cup Matches

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Chicago – July 23, 2015 STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, announced it has partnered with LeTV Sports, China’s largest online sports company, to bring its revolutionary SportVU player tracking technology to the broadcast of the 2015 International Champions Cup (ICC) matches played in China, July 25-30.

With SportVU, LeTV will provide unique player and team attributes live on the pitch via enhanced data graphics for a richer viewing experience. On-air player tracking statistics including team and player possession stats, player run comparisons (to measure the distances and pace run by individual players), and player heat maps (to illustrate the areas of the pitch where individual players spent most time). These innovative on-screen graphics will be incorporated into the broadcast of each match from all three venues of the ICC matches in China.

“We’re pleased to partner with LeTV Sports and offer a fascinating lineup of unique performance data with SportVU. Chinese soccer fans will gain a deeper understanding of the action with speed profiles, accumulated distances, possession data and coverage maps all in real-time,” said Bill Squadron, executive vice president of strategic partnerships at STATS.

STATS has established itself as a leader in Chinese sports content, technology and production. This past May, the company acquired Prozone, whose Beijing office has provided live tracking and analysis for all Chinese Super League matches since 2012, as well as national team matches for the Chinese Football Association. In 2013, Prozone launched live media services in China with in-match tracking for broadcasts of Beijing Guan’s home matches. STATS will not only leverage the infrastructure and expertise of Prozone’s Beijing office to enhance its league and team business but also bring optimized services and enhanced media platforms and technologies to the Chinese market.

SportVU utilizes a sophisticated technology to collect positioning data of the ball and participants (players and referees) on the pitch in real-time. All aspects of STATS’ data collection process are completely non-intrusive to game action. The technology is used by international leagues and federations around the globe and STATS is the Official Player Tracking Partner of the NBA.

STATS’ National Fantasy Football Championship Partners with RotoBowl

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Chicago and Philadelphia – July 20, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, announced it has partnered with RotoBowl.com to bring its National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC) series of high-stakes fantasy games to the RotoBowl audience. The partnership unites two of the longest running fantasy sports entities, who have combined to award more than $16 million in prizes over the last 11 years, and allows RotoBowl’s customers to compete for larger prize pools.

By participating in the NFFC’s Online Championship, RotoBowl customers will now have a chance to compete for more than $3 million in prizes this season in the NFFC, including a $100,000 grand prize in the NFFC Online Championship. In all, the NFFC has five national contests this year, each with grand prizes of $80,000 or more.

“The opportunity to join the STATS family is a resounding victory for RotoBowl users who can now compete for even higher cash prizes,” said Chris Clarke, RotoBowl managing director and co-founder. “This partnership will provide access to the largest and most compelling fantasy contests around to our strong base of fantasy football players.”

“We’re very excited to welcome RotoBowl’s die-hard players as they compete for even bigger prizes in the NFFC,” said Greg Ambrosius, STATS’ General Manager of Consumer Gaming. “It’s a natural fit as our games are very similar to RotoBowl’s format and we have other offerings like the NFFC Cutline, NFFC Draft Champions National Championship and NFFC Primetime that will appeal to this audience. Their contest even used Third Round Reversal, which is a staple of NFFC drafts.”

Since 2004, the NFFC along with its baseball and basketball counterparts (NFBC and NFBKC) have awarded more than $28 million in prize money as the longest-running high-stakes fantasy sports contests in the industry.

STATS Expands Football Championship Subdivision Coverage; Announces All-America Team

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Robust Coverage builds off Sports Information Leader’s acquisition of FCS partner The Sports Network

Chicago – July 9, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, announced its preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-America teams today to kick off a broad plan that will see it significantly expand its coverage of FCS. The 2015 group is headlined by Villanova quarterback John Robertson, the returning national player of the year, as well as five members of four-time defending champion North Dakota State across the three All-America teams.

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STATS, which purchased The Sports Network (TSN) in February, will look to build on the momentum its acquisition has created for rich content in the FCS market. For almost three decades, TSN has served the FCS community with such staples as a pre- and postseason All-America team, weekly Top 25 poll, national players of the week, award watch lists and season-ending awards.

In addition, STATS is creating a dedicated FCS website featuring breaking news, real-time scores and other unique content that will combine the strengths of the company’s data, editorial and products expertise for players, coaches and fans.

“The FCS community is thrilled for what the future holds as our new partner STATS enhances our coverage, building on years of teamwork and relationships forged by The Sports Network,” said FCS Managing Director Mike Kern. “FCS Football is ‘Every Down, Every Day,’ and we’re confident that STATS will be with us every step of the way.”

To help build out its FCS coverage, STATS has brought on Phil Sokol, TSN’s former Director of Operations, and Craig Haley, the company’s former FCS Senior Editor.

“As STATS looks to grow all areas of its sports coverage globally, we couldn’t be more excited to take on this initiative and accept this responsibility,” said Brian Orefice, STATS’ Director of News and Editorial Operations. “Bringing together Phil and Craig’s wealth of FCS knowledge and experience with STATS’ resources and distribution power will break new ground in what was already unprecedented coverage.”

In the coming weeks, STATS will announce initial watch lists for its Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards, details around its new FCS website and plans for its postseason awards. The company is scheduled to release its preseason Top 25 poll on Aug. 10, with the FCS Kickoff set for Saturday, Aug. 29 – when four-time defending champion North Dakota State takes on Montana.

“The FCS schools and conferences have relied upon our national coverage for years,” said Haley, “and the players, teams and national playoffs on this level are so deserving of it. To continue this passion of ours is thrilling.”

The FCS competes at the NCAA’s Division I level, and is home to 125 schools in 13 conferences across the country. Approximately 150 FCS players are on NFL rosters annually, including current stars Tony Romo (Eastern Illinois), Joe Flacco (Delaware), Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado), Jared Allen (Idaho State) and Julius Thomas (Portland State).

STATS Extends Award-Winning NFL Fantasy Projections to Daily Fantasy

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Chicago – June 17, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, announced today it has extended its product offering for daily fantasy sports. STATS is introducing a robust package of NFL daily fantasy tools for media clients, including weekly projections for every player that will enable value plays, optimal lineups and player rankings.

Daily fantasy sports is one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry. STATS’ projections are tied to the scoring and player values of the leading daily fantasy contest providers. STATS’ content will be available through APIs, custom data feed and hosted solutions. Earlier this year, STATS launched daily fantasy projections for Major League Baseball and will continue forward with a roll out of daily projections for NHL and NBA later this year.

“The reaction from clients and partners to our baseball rollout was overwhelmingly positive, so it was only natural to continue with NFL projections. Daily fantasy sports continues to grow stronger and there is a strong desire by media companies to provide content that will attract this audience throughout the season,” said Bill Squadron, Executive Vice President of Global Strategy at STATS.

With its acquisition of BSports in September 2014, STATS set the standard in predictive analytics by integrating a new wave of data-driven models for team and player performance. Bolstered by this predictive modeling, STATS swept the Fantasy Sports Trade Association awards for fantasy football and baseball projections this past January.

STATS, MVPindex Announce Social Media Integration Partnership

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Integration of Sports Analytics Data with Social Media Feeds to Create Dynamic, Programmatic Content for Publishers and Media Outlets

Chicago and Dallas – May 27, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, and Dallas-based MVPindex today announced further expansion of their partnership through the launch of a combined social media offering for STATS’ digital media partners. The new content offering blends STATS’ on the field performance data with the robust social media statistics from the MVPindex database of more than 25,000 athletes, teams, and leagues to enhance consumer engagement across the web.

Initial integration efforts will combine STATS’ rich NFL content and in-depth data with MVPindex social media insights such as the most active athletes or teams on social media and top social content from those teams and athletes. This dynamic content will be delivered via social feeds and widgets. While the initial effort will focus on the NFL, additional major sports including baseball and golf are targeted areas for expansion.

“The MVPindex allows us to enhance the value of our robust performance data with relevant social media content that provides a more complete look into every aspect of the game and is in high demand from media companies, marketers and fans,” said Greg Kirkorsky, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing at STATS.

“Publishers and media outlets all want to provide sports fans and viewers with unique and compelling content around their favorite athletes and teams.  Social media content that is highly relevant and programmatically tied to traditional STATS data gives publishers a lot of flexibility,” said Kyle Nelson, co-founder and CMO of MVPindex. “With the MVPindex platform and STATS integration, we can easily augment the data for performance on the field with what is being communicated off the field in social media such as athlete vs. athlete, trending stories, or stories with the highest engagement and then deliver the feeds on a global basis within standard content guidelines.”

The two companies will announce the availability of this unique content, along with live demonstrations of sample integrations, at the 2015 Intersport Brand Engagement Summit in Chicago on May 27th and 28th.

Kinduct integrates with STATS for Revolutionary Athlete Management Capabilities on a Single Platform

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HALIFAX, NS and CHICAGO – May 20, 2015 – Kinduct Technologies announced today a new collaboration with sports analytics powerhouse STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company. Kinduct will integrate STATS’ suite of data and analytics products — including its industry-leading SportVU® real-time player tracking technology — into its Kinduct Performance product to provide teams and leagues with an extremely powerful solution that increases player performance and reduces the risk of injury.

Kinduct’s Performance management platform helps sports teams and organizations collect, organize, share and analyze data in one centralized platform, leading to informed decisions and powerful results for their athletes. As a result, teams can more quickly process information on a tablet, smart phone or handheld device. Kinduct’s software is the only source for teams to access league-wide player tracking data. The Kinduct Performance Management platform has also been integrated with STATS’ ICE platform which provides in-depth analysis of on-court performance data used for scouting and game-planning.

“We have been working very closely with the STATS team over the past six months to develop an integrated technology solution that we feel is unparalleled in the world of sport performance,” says Travis McDonough, Kinduct’s Founder and CEO. “We have successfully deployed our integrated platform with a number of teams in the NBA, four of which are still in the hunt for this year’s NBA Championship.”

Paul Robbins, STATS’ Director of Elite Performance, introduced the integrated solution at last week’s NBA Combine — a multi-day showcase in preparation for the annual June NBA draft, where college basketball players take physical measurements, participate in interviews, undergo drills, take medical tests, go through five-on-five drills and perform various athletic tests in front of NBA coaches, general managers and scouts.

“The marriage of STATS’ player tracking and analytics solutions with Kinduct’s athlete management applications and content has produced a unique and powerful offering for teams and leagues around the globe,” says Robbins. “It’s a very exciting time for our industry and our work with Kinduct is a prime example of how STATS continues to accelerate its pace of innovation to create truly game-changing sports analytics products and services.”