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US – Fox Sports taps Sportradar to boost networks’ data-driven storytelling

By - 29 November 2018

FOX Sports and Sportradar, the global leader in analysing and leveraging the power of sports data, are collaborating to push the boundaries of data-driven sports coverage.

Under terms of a recent agreement, Sportradar is developing new research tools, data products and machine learning technology that enable FOX Sports broadcasters to bolster their in-game and digital content with real-time and historic sports data via API. FOX Sports is also amongst the first broadcasters to access new functionality, robust historic data sets, and expanded sports league content within Sportradar’s cutting-edge research platform, Radar360. In an era of always-on content, the FOX Sports-Sportradar agreement expands the expectations of today’s fans.

The production team is able to reduce analytic workloads and create more opportunities for compelling narratives and increased fan engagement across platforms.

“Sportradar is in a position to provide information to our networks with cutting edge technology that is easily accessible by the staff in our production trucks and studios,” said Brad Zager, EVP, Production and Operations, FOX Sports. This will allow our production teams and announcers to stay at the forefront of storytelling using new data and analytics.”

“Sportradar is obsessed with the fan experience, and driven by the opportunity to be a good partner to today’s sports storytellers” said Steve Byrd, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships, Sportradar. “Media partners use our turnkey services to tell unique, data-driven stories. With these expanded capabilities, it will be even easier to comprehend trends and produce amazing content for pre-, in-, and post-game consumption.”

The agreement highlights Sportradar’s commitment to expanded products and services in data-led story creation for broadcast and digital media clients. With an emphasis on qualitative data – the why and how of the play by play – Sportradar tools are the market leader for media publishers like FOX Sports to slice and dice Sportradar’s extensive catalogue of rich and highly-curated statistics to uncover compelling storylines. Along with empowering leading sports media clients with this platform, Sportradar has further invested in expanding their research support and content teams to deliver customised stat requests for clients and pregame notes complete with compelling information to enhance broadcast content and storylines.

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