|Industry||Sports Technology and Data|
|Founded||April 30, 1981|
|Carl Mergele (CEO)|
|Products||Sports data, analytics and team tracking solutions|
|Brands||Omnisports, Opta Sports, Prozone, TVTI, Automated Insights, The Sports Network, BSports|
|Owner||Vista Equity Partners|
The company is involved in sports data collection and predictive analysis, and maintains sports-oriented wire services. The company has also been increasingly involved in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Its clients include media outlets, sports leagues and teams, fantasy sports and sports betting services. As of 2014, the company covered 83,000 events annually from over 300 leagues and competitions.  In 2019, it merged with Perform Content following its sale to parent company Vista Equity Partners.
Stats Perform 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.
In early 2015, STATS acquired the wire service The Sports Network and Prozone. Vista Equity Partners also acquired Automated Insights, a company involved in using natural-language generation based on big data (including in particular, generating wire reports on sporting events from raw statistics).
In April 2019, Vista Equity Partners announced its intent to acquire Perform Content, the former sports data subsidiary of Perform Group, including units such as Omnisport, Opta Sports, and RunningBall. The company was selling the property to focus more on its sports streaming service DAZN. It was stated that DAZN Group would retain a "significant minority stake" in the surviving entity, which was to focus strongly on the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
On July 15, 2019, it was announced that the merged company would be known as Stats Perform, and operate under STATS CEO Carl Mergele. He stated that the company would "[harness] the power of immense amounts of sports data with unparalleled AI technology".
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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