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STATS Acquires Bloomberg Sports, Establishes the Industry’s Preeminent Sports Analytics Portfolio

Northbrook, IL and New York, NY – September 4, 2014 – STATS, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, and Bloomberg, the leading global provider in data analytics, announced today that STATS has acquired Bloomberg Sports (BSports) and its sophisticated system of data analysis, predictive modelling and integrated data systems.

By combining BSports with its Sports Solutions Group, STATS becomes the industry’s premier resource for sports analytics, offering a complete suite of sports data products and services to multi-media, team, league, gaming and technology customers.

BSports complements STATS’ Sports Solutions Group. With almost all Major League Baseball teams using the BSports Pro2 integrated data system, the acquisition significantly strengthens STATS’ position in baseball. BSports uses advanced analytics and science-based predictive models that provide industry-leading projections across most major sports. These models are a perfect addition to STATS as it solidifies its premiere position in delivering core sports data.

“On behalf of everyone here, I would like to welcome the team at Bloomberg Sports to the STATS family,” said STATS CEO Gary Walrath. “Our mission is to revolutionize the way sports are viewed, understood, played, and enjoyed. The addition of BSports’ very talented team and compelling portfolio of products significantly bolsters our global strategy.”

BSports President Bill Squadron will remain with the company and report to Walrath. The BSports division will continue to use the underlying Bloomberg Sports technology.

“When we started Bloomberg Sports, our goal was for it to become the industry-leading provider of creative, premium data analytics services to sports professionals and fans, which is exactly what’s happened,” Squadron said. “We are proud of what we have built and are delighted to see it take the next logical step, which is combining forces with the industry’s leading data company.”

The transaction is STATS’ first since becoming a flagship member of Vista Equity Partners’ portfolio of companies this past June.

“We believe the combination of data and software analytics will enable STATS to continue to provide its existing and new customers with tremendous value. We are thrilled to welcome the Bloomberg Sports team to the STATS family and plan to continue to build upon the foundation of success they have achieved to date,” said Christian Sowul, Principal at Vista Equity Partners.

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STATS extends relationship with MLB Advanced Media; Serves as League’s Official Real-Time Data Distributor

New York and Northbrook, IL – July 10, 2014 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, announced today that it has extended its multi-year agreement with MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball, and will continue to serve as the real-time data licensor for MLB, a role it has held since the relationship began in 2010.

As part of the agreement, STATS distributes real-time and post-game information from MLB games to global media outlets in web, mobile, broadcast and print. STATS also distributes content from all MLB affiliated minor leagues, such as Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A and Rookie League, and the Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Winter Leagues.

“We are pleased to continue this partnership. STATS has provided a reliable distribution platform for the more than two million pitches we track data for each year across professional baseball,” said Kenny Gersh, Senior Vice President, Business Development, MLBAM.

“Major League Baseball Advanced Media is an important strategic partner. We could not be more pleased to continue the partnership and disseminate the MLB experience across the globe,” said STATS CEO Gary Walrath.

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STATS and Catapult join forces to provide unique Athletic Performance Data and Analytics on a Single Unified Platform

Melbourne, Australia, and Northbrook, IL – June 17, 2014  – STATS LLC and Catapult have announced a partnership that combines two of the leaders in elite athlete analysis and offers teams streamlined performance data on their athletes. The partnership will initially focus on NBA and college basketball, with plans to expand into other sports in the future.

STATS, a global leader in sports content and technology, will integrate game data from its SportVU player tracking technology with data from the practice environment via Catapult’s tracking monitors to provide a complete data snapshot all on a single dashboard. With full access to practice, training and game data, teams are afforded new insights into injury prevention, the next frontier of sports analytics.

“We learned a tremendous amount about the physical toll endured by an NBA player with our first full year of player tracking analytics. By combining these data sets we can help minimize injuries and maximize performance. This is incredibly valuable. Teams are investing millions of dollars into their players and we can help keep their talent on the court,” said Brian Kopp, Senior Vice President, Sports Solutions at STATS.

Catapult CEO, Shaun Holthouse, is excited about the heavyweight partnership, stating that this will take player analysis to an unprecedented level.

“We’ve owned this wearable technology in elite sport space for a while now, and our team is ruthless in pursuing new and better ways to enhance athlete performance and minimize the risk of injury,” Holthouse said. “We are thrilled to be working with the STATS team to provide player insights that have never been possible before. This is an exciting step for anyone interested in sports, technology and/or data analysis.”

Catapult’s wearable GNSS and LPS tracking devices are worn unobtrusively under players’ jerseys in practice and capture data such as heart rate, speed, distance, PlayerLoad, metabolic power, jumps and acceleration and deceleration forces.

STATS’ SportVU is a system of six cameras and STATS’ proprietary software that calibrates and measures both players and the ball in x and y coordinates. The result is a continuous stream of ground-breaking statistics based around speed, distance, player separation and ball possession data that allows for more detailed and targeted analysis of players and teams.

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Vista Equity Partners Completes Acquisition of STATS

Northbrook, IL – June 12, 2014 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content provider, announced that it has been acquired by Vista Equity Partners, strengthening the opportunity for continued innovation in the use and dissemination of sports data and revolutionizing the way sporting events are viewed, analyzed, understood and enjoyed.

The transaction, originally announced May 15, 2014, closed Friday, June 6, 2014. Vista, a leading private equity firm with approximately $11.5 billion in cumulative capital commitments in software, data and technology-enabled services companies, purchased the company from FOX Sports and The Associated Press.

Founded in 1981 and headquartered outside Chicago, STATS has a presence across 13 countries worldwide. The company has more than 30 years of experience in sophisticated sports data collection, processing and distribution. By leveraging the unparalleled amount of sports data amassed over the years, and by further investing in innovative new technologies and analytics, STATS has the power to continue transforming the way sports content is used and consumed.

“STATS has an impressive record of changing the way professional sports are delivered to its customers and consumed by fans,” said Robert F. Smith, CEO and founder of Vista Equity Partners. “Their seasoned management team has a track record of value creation and we are eager to build upon that success to better provide customers and partners with new products, datasets and technology that will help them grow their own businesses.”

“This is a huge opportunity for us and our 600+ global customers,” said Gary Walrath, CEO of STATS. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Vista as we look to accelerate our growth and provide best-in-class solutions. With the most expansive sports data set in North America covering nearly 45,000 live sports events annually, a deepening global footprint and our long-standing professional sports league relationships, STATS is well-positioned to transform and define the next generation of sports information services and solutions.”

“STATS is a highly successful enterprise that we expect will continue its growth and innovation under Vista,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt.

“We believe that STATS will continue to excel as a leader in sports technology, data and content, scaling even greater heights under Vista’s direction,” said Eric Shanks, President and COO, FOX Sports.

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STATS Powers Taiwan Sports Lottery’s Second Screen Experience for MLB, NBA and Global Football Leagues

Taiwan and Northbrook, IL – May 20, 2014 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, has announced an agreement with Taiwan Sports Lottery Company to provide in-depth second screen solutions for TSLC’s coverage of MLB, the NBA and international football leagues such as EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

STATS’ MatchCast and GameZone companions will be the first web applications that Taiwan Sports Lottery Company has brought to market. Featuring enhanced data visualization, MatchCast and GameZone are all-in-one solutions that provide deep engagement. In addition to the social content and commentary that attracts casual fans, STATS’ companions offer the detailed statistics that die-hard fans crave, allowing them to dive deep into the game experience with rich information.

Ted Lin, General Manager of Taiwan Sports Lottery Company said, “By working with STATS, the leading sport information provider in USA, our users can easily seize important sports statistics and live information of various sports through the GameZone and MatchCast. We strongly believe that through STATS’ professional, timely and comprehensive information, we will bring with user a premium sport lottery service experience. Taiwan Sports Lottery Company aims to providing one stop service, from live betting information to comprehensive coverage of sports information, offering professional and entertaining sport betting service to users.”

“We are excited to provide our second screen solution to Taiwan Sports Lottery Company and their users. They have developed a tremendous audience and we look forward to further collaborations,” said Danny Fok, STATS’ Associate Director of Business Development in Asia.

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FOX Sports and The Associated Press Announce Agreement to Sell Sports Data Company STATS LLC to Vista Equity Partners

New York, May 15, 2014 – FOX Sports and The Associated Press announced Thursday that they have agreed to sell their sports data company, STATS LLC, to Vista Equity Partners, a leading San Francisco-based private equity firm with over $12 billion in committed capital focused on investing in software, data and technology-enabled services companies.

FOX Sports brought in AP as an equal partner in STATS in 2005. Based in Chicago, STATS is one of the world’s leading sports technology, data and content companies, providing real-time scores, historical sports information, sports content from AP and specialized technology for viewing, tracking and analyzing sports.

Both AP and FOX Sports will continue their usual business relationship with STATS after the sale. AP customers will not be affected by the sale.

“It’s been a privilege to partner with the AP, and under the leadership of STATS CEO Gary Walrath, help grow STATS into one of the most innovative sports technology and information companies in the world,” said Eric Shanks, President and COO, FOX Sports. “We’re confident Vista will be able to build upon that success and drive STATS to even greater heights.”

“AP and FOX Sports have had an excellent and productive partnership. Together with the STATS team we’ve built a highly successful enterprise that we expect will be able to continue its growth and innovation under Vista,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt.

The Raine Group acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Associated Press and 21st Century Fox. The transaction is expected to close this summer and terms have not been disclosed.

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HY Connect and STATS Clean Up During Awards Season with Light-Hearted “Performance Enhancing” Campaign for Wahl

Northbrook, IL and Milwaukee, WI March 18, 2014 – As players geared up for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star game, Wahl Clipper Corporation gave guys an even more compelling reason to get their beard on – releasing a light-hearted study that linked facial hair to superior athletic performance. The campaign was developed by HY Connect, an independent multi-channel marketing and communications firm based in Chicago and Milwaukee. The creativity and effectiveness of the campaign recently earned the agency two honors — Best Use of Social Media for Public/Media Relations and honorable mention for Best Media Relations Stunt from Ragan’s PR Daily, an industry leader in sharing best in class stories and trends in the field of PR, social media and marketing.

“Guys wear facial hair for many reasons: style, confidence and intimidation” said Steve Yde, director of marketing for Wahl. “This study was a fun way to show that enhanced performance may be as simple as growing a mustache or beard.”

HY Connect teamed up with STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports analytics company, to crunch ten years of data and show that players with facial hair in the MLB All-Star game and Home Run Derby outperform their smooth cheeked comrades. A series of infographics helped tell the story and break through to media. The study generated more than 1,600 media placements with major outlets including USA Today, The Associated Press, Sporting News and Men’s Fitness. More than eight million social media impressions were secured as well with the help of facial hair ambassadors MLB All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, pitchers Sam LeCure of Cincinnati and John Axford of Milwaukee sharing the infographics with their social media followers. The American Mustache Institute also shared the infographics with its community.

“At the time we were taking a little bit of a risk positioning facial hair as an alternative to performance enhancing drugs in baseball but our men’s interest media targets loved the angle,” said HY Connect VP Account Management Patrick Kopischkie. “We are excited to be recognized with these prestigious awards.”

“It was very gratifying to see the Wahl facial hair campaign successfully connect humor with objective sports data. Our research was brought to life through a series of in-depth and creative infographics. They proved to be the perfect forum to tell Wahl’s story. We look forward to partnering with HY Connect and Wahl again in the future,” said Greg Kirkorsky, senior vice president of sales at STATS.

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Sportz Interactive Announces New CEO, Gears for Growth in 2014

Mumbai, India – January 21, 2014 – One of the world’s most innovative sports solutions companies, Sportz Interactive has announced Arvind Iyengar as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. The move was architected by the company’s Founder-CEO Naveen Aranha, who now transitions to a role focused on global partnerships and growth.

Iyengar comes with an impressive track record, having worked across continents with the likes of McKinsey & Company, ESPN STAR Sports, the NBA and one of the world’s leading private equity firms, KKR (Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts). An alumnus of IIT Bombay, Arvind completed his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Siebel Scholar and an inaugural recipient of the Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Fellowship. He also holds the distinction of being the first Indian to win the Henry Ford II Scholarship for finishing top of his class at Stanford.

“I’ve known Arvind for a while and he is absolutely inspirational. I’m delighted that we were able to attract him with the challenge of leading Sportz Interactive through an era filled with growth and opportunities,” said Aranha who will continue to stay fully involved with the business he founded in 2002. “Arvind comes in to complement the vision and dreams of the Sportz Interactive family. Every member of the team is excited and geared up for the future.”

Iyengar, who has a deep passion for sport, had this to say about his appointment: “Naveen and the team have done a fantastic job driving stellar growth over the past decade. Built on a strong foundation with innovation at its core, Sportz Interactive is now well positioned to create the next generation of products and solutions that will revolutionize the fan experience. I am excited to lead the team in our next phase of growth.”

Sportz Interactive, which is an integral part of the Chicago-headquartered STATS Global Network, has aggressive expansion plans for 2014 and promises to redefine the sports fan experience in the coming months. “This year is filled with multiple marquee sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup. We will be working with our partners and clients around the world to bring out a suite of offerings across digital, mobile and social platforms. Our emerging products spanning second screen experiences, fantasy sports and infographics are going to be game changers,” the new CEO said.

Gary Walrath, CEO of STATS LLC, which owns a controlling interest in Sportz Interactive, added: “Naveen has done a fabulous job leading Sportz Interactive since its founding in 2002 to their current pole position in South Asia today. We’re delighted that Arvind will guide Sportz Interactive forward from an already strong, profitable foundation to achieve its full potential as the unrivaled pacesetter in its chosen markets. STATS is proud to be closely associated with these two dynamic thought leaders and eager to help bring new product capabilities to sports fans everywhere.”

Iyengar’s appointment coincided with the unveiling of a new corporate logo and vision at the Sportz Interactive headquarters in Mumbai, India which houses close to 100 employees.