|Industry||Sports Technology and Data|
|Founded||April 30, 1981|
|Carl Mergele (CEO)|
|Products||Sports data, analytics and team tracking solutions|
|Brands||Bloomberg Sports, Prozone, TVTI, Automated Insights, The Sports Network, BSports|
|Owner||Vista Equity Partners|
STATS LLC is a sports data, technology, statistics, and content company founded in 1981. STATS provides content to multimedia platforms, television broadcasters, leagues and teams, fantasy providers, and players, in addition to major B2B and B2C brands. STATS provides Associated Press editorial content and maintains relationships with many major sports leagues worldwide. They cover more than 300 leagues and competitions across the globe totaling of 83,000 events annually.
STATS LLC is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with other corporate offices in Limerick, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Bangalore, Dubai, The Hague, Mexico City, Barcelona, New York City and Los Angeles.
STATS was founded in April 1981 by John Dewan, who became the company's CEO. The company name is an acronym for "Sports Team Analysis and Tracking Systems". STATS was an outgrowth of the grassroots non-profit Project Scoresheet, a volunteer network created to collect baseball statistics.
In 1996 STATS and Motorola won on appeal a court case brought by the NBA. The case was barring 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.
In the 1990s, STATS expanded to the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Women's National Basketball Association, in addition to other sports.
STATS provides several products to leagues, teams, and the media.
Their SportVU system uses an array of cameras and image processing software to provide real-time player tracking and ball positioning data, as well as statistical analysis of that data. SportVU is used by FIFA, UEFA and a host of flagship European soccer teams.
Nearly every franchise in three of North America's four major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, and NHL) uses products from STATS.
With the acquisition of The Sports Network, STATS took over publication of that company's NCAA Division I FCS football poll.
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