Genius data rights deal with Japan's B.League; StatScore renews with Poland's PVF
Basketball - 15 Apr 2021
Genius Sports, the international sports data technology company, has entered into an exclusive multi-year data and video partnership with Japanese basketball’s B.League.
Under the terms of the partnership, Genius will capture and distribute the B.League’s official data and video to a global network of sportsbook partners, and it will also use its GeniusLive artificial intelligence-based streaming solution to enable coverage of the second-tier B2 league.
Genius will use the FIBA LiveStats tool to capture more advanced data and information from both B1 and B2 games than was previously available. This data will be supplied to the B.League’s broadcast and media partners to enhance their viewers’ experience.
As part of the agreement, Genius' Bet Monitoring system will be implemented to safeguard the B.League’s competitions from potential match-fixing and other betting-related corruption.
A rights enforcement program has been launched under which Genius will assist the league in removing unauthorised data collection personnel from B1 and B2 games.
Thomas Klingebiel, Genius Sports’ commercial director for Asia-Pacific, said: “Together, FIBA LiveStats and GeniusLive will enable the B.League to control its live data and video content, transforming how audiences around the world interact with every play. We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with one of the premier basketball leagues in Asia and look forward to facilitating the next stage of their digital transformation.”
Genius is currently completing a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in preparation to go public on the New York Stock Exchange in an initial public offering expected at the end of this month.
Elsewhere, StatScore, the Polish sports data company, has extended its data provision deal with the Polish Volleyball Federation (PVF) for another two years.
The firm will continue to be the official data provider for all national team games, as well as for all major domestic competitions, and fans will be able to access the stats from all these fixtures through several dedicated sites, including the federation’s own online platforms.
Every game from the top-tier volleyball leagues in the country will have 2D animated coverage made available for it.
Justyna Tkaczynska, head of marketing at the PVF, said: "We realise that, in addition to the basic information about the scores, volleyball fans are increasingly often looking for extensive and attractively presented match statistics, related both to teams' and players' performances. Thanks to the cooperation with StatScore, we are able to provide our fans with this kind of content quickly and professionally.”
In February this year, StatScore expanded its agreement with the PZPN, the Polish soccer federation, to cover the Women's Ekstraliga and the third-tier men's 2. Liga.
StatScore will be providing official sports data and statistics for the two leagues until the end of the 2022-23 season.
The company and the PZPN first teamed up last year in a deal covering the Fortuna 1. Liga, the men's second division.