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STATS LLC is a global sports statistics and information company – the company name originated as an acronym for "Sports Team Analysis and Tracking Systems". It was founded on April 30, 1981 by John Dewan, who became the company's CEO. STATS was an outgrowth of the grassroots non-profit Project Scoresheet, a volunteer network created to collect baseball statistics, prompted by a suggestion made by Bill James, who later joined STATS for a time. In 1987, STATS developed a reporter network for Major League Baseball and provided research for NBC's postseason baseball coverage, and by 1989 was doing the same for ESPN's broadcasts.
While the company initially focused only on baseball, in the 1990s they expanded their focus to the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Women's National Basketball Association and many other sports.
STATS was bought by Fox Sports in 2000, and is now a joint venture between News Corporation and Associated Press, which each hold 50% since the merger of STATS with AP Megasports in 2005. Since that time, the company has been known as STATS LLC.
On March 5, 2009, the company announced the purchase of PA SportsTicker wire service from Press Association, a UK news and information company. It had previously been owned by ESPN. It had also been in Jersey City until July 11, 2004 before being forced to move to Bristol by ESPN, who sold the company to the Press Association in 2006.
STATS LLC is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, with corporate offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Bangalore, Dubai, The Hague, Mexico City, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. The company covers 85 sports leagues and over 55,000 events a year. The current CEO is Gary Walrath.
In 1996 STATS and Motorola won on appeal a court case brought by the NBA, which was trying to stop STATS from distributing in-game information via a special wireless device created by Motorola. The victory in this case has played a large part in other cases where professional sports leagues have tried to suppress live in-game information being distributed by other outlets. STATS is currently the NBA's official provider of statistics.
- STATS Europe
- Data Stadium (major shareholder) - Japan's leading sports information provider.
- STATS website: Timeline
- ACTA Sports: The Bill James Handbook 2009
- STATS LLC official website: Contact Us
- STATS LLC official website: About Us
- STATS website: History
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- Abrams, Jonathan. "Quantifying Basketball's Intangibles With Some Help From Computers" New York Times (June 15, 2009)