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Stats Perform Hires Steve and Peter Hirdt, the Pioneers of Sports Broadcast Research and Content

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Stats Perform, the revolutionary leader in sports AI and data, announced the hire of Steve and Peter Hirdt, the two biggest innovators in U.S. sports broadcast research and content over the past four decades. The Hirdt brothers join Stats Perform from Elias Sports Bureau with Steve taking over as senior director of operations and research and Peter as senior director of content and broadcast service.

“Having worked in network television for 45 years, there is no single person I have relied upon or trusted more than Steve Hirdt,” said legendary NBC sports broadcaster Al Michaels. “Together we’ve worked close to a thousand events (baseball, football, basketball), and he’s made every telecast better. His perspective is unmatched. Working with Steve has been an honor, and the countless times I’ve been praised for coming up with fascinating information, let the truth be told: It almost always came from Steve. This is a major, major coup for Stats Perform.”

The Hirdts are synonymous with sports data in the United States, having pioneered the widespread use of statistics in sports media. The standards that the Hirdts established and the language and techniques they developed are fundamental to the statistical content produced by leagues, teams, and the media.

“If you talk to anyone across the sports broadcast industry, Steve and Peter’s names come up as two of the most influential minds for modern sports statistics and media coverage,” Stats Perform Chief Executive Officer Carl Mergele said. “Over the past four decades, they instilled standards and practices that led the sports broadcast industry to embrace the use of data to enhance storytelling. Now they join Stats Perform at a pivotal moment as we use industry-leading AI and our unmatched historical database to unlock a new set of sports insights. Having Steve and Peter on board takes our illustrious research media team to an even higher level.”

Steve Hirdt is the country’s foremost expert on sports statistics. From his research on the first edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia, to his groundbreaking work on ABC Monday Night Baseball, and 35 years as an Emmy Award-winning director of information on Monday Night Football on both ABC and ESPN, Steve has been an influential advocate for sports data that is accurate, innovative and interesting. During his career at the Elias Sports Bureau, including more than 20 years as executive vice president, Steve’s deep sports knowledge and insight made him a trusted advisor to the country’s leading sports executives, writers and broadcasters. He is also a frequent committee member for the Baseball Hall of Fame and a recognized voice on documentaries and talk shows.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Stats Perform, which already has deep roots in sports broadcasts worldwide,” Steve said. “With recent advancements in AI, Stats Perform is at the forefront of ushering in new capabilities for data and statistics in sports. We look forward to joining the team to create the new wave of sports broadcast.”

Before Stats Perform, Peter spent more than four decades at the Elias Sports Bureau, where he mastered the presentation of statistical content during 16 years consulting on ABC Monday Night Baseball and Monday Night Football and CBS Sports’ MLB coverage. Peter was also the lead writer of the Elias Baseball Analyst (nine annual editions) and Elias Says, a daily column on ESPN.com for 13 years. He conceived, designed and managed the Graphics Library, a service now used on virtually all MLB, NBA, and NHL telecasts. He served as liaison to Elias’ broadcast and media clients, led the company’s expansion into soccer, and developed and implemented its social media strategy. As a vice president since the mid-1990s, Peter negotiated contracts with many of Elias’ largest clients.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring our decades of experience in statistics and sports media to a company with the infrastructure and technology to fully support our initiatives,” Peter said. “Stats Perform is at the forefront of using AI and machine learning to get deeper and faster meaning out of sports moments. I am thrilled to join and take advantage of the new AI capabilities at our disposal.”

Stats Perform powers broadcasters and digital destinations with data-driven insights, industry-leading global research support, editorial content and photos that keep audiences informed and engaged with the action. With historical databases reaching back to the 1870s, Stats Perform covers hundreds of leagues including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA Football, men’s and women’s college basketball, EPL, EFL Championship, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A, PSL, QSL, NRL and Top 14.

“Steve and Peter’s illustrious careers have had a direct impact on the way we watch and conceptualize sports today,” Stats Perform Chief Operations Officer Mike Perez said. “Stats Perform has one of the best media research teams in the business and having the Hirdts at the helm opens us up for so many exciting opportunities.”

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Mike Breen of ESPN and ABC said: “The Hirdt family has had an extraordinary impact on how we view and enjoy our sports. Their integrity and accuracy are only exceeded by their love and passion for the sports they cover.”

Bob Costas of MLB Network said: “For decades, the Hirdts have provided keenly insightful and always 100 percent reliable information enhancing the depth of sports coverage and the quality of its presentation. The key has been not just the wealth of raw data, but an editorial sense that produces genuine insights and interesting story lines supported by that data.”

 

About Stats Perform:

Stats Perform collects the richest sports data in the world and transforms it through revolutionary AI to unlock the most in-depth insights for media and technology, betting and team performance. With company roots dating back almost 40 years, Stats Perform embraces and solves the dynamic nature of sport – be that for digital and broadcast media with differentiated storytelling, tech companies with reliable and fast data to power their innovations, sportsbooks with in-play betting and integrity services, or teams with first-of-its-kind AI analysis software. As the leading sports data and AI company, Stats Perform works with the top global sports media, tech companies, sportsbooks, teams and leagues.

 

SOURCE: Stats Perform


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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 speaker profile: Dr. Christian Rapani (Attorney at Law at Dr. Christian Rapani) 

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The 4th edition of the Prague Gaming Summit will take place on 6 March 2020 and welcomes leading operators, service providers and gambling industry experts from all across Europe.

 

On the 6th of March at the Prague Gaming Summit, you have the opportunity to dive into several subjects, among which also the Convergence Of Markets In Online Sports Betting”.

As mentioned in earlier press releases, Prague Gaming Summit 2020 will bring a brand new format of speeches and more trending themes as it did in the early years.

Among the leading experts that will share their latest information, you have the opportunity to hear more about the sports betting industry and esports from Dr. Christian Rapani. 

Dr. Christian Rapani founded his law firm in Graz in 2013 specializing in business and corporate law. Dr. Christian Rapani is the author of numerous publications in these areas of practice. He possesses extensive experience in advising Austrian and international clients on all aspects of business law.

One of his key topics of consultancy are issues regarding gaming and betting law with a special focus on B2B and B2C online gaming and betting offer. He provides guidance in various licensing procedures and advises clients on Austrian regulatory requirements and developments affecting their business activities.

 Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and networking with the leaders of the industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Here is a testimonial that has been left by Charmaine Hogan, one of the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

This most recent event was a rich one. The diversity of speakers and the structured topics provided a platform for real debate, presenting food for thought for many. I’m sure I/we will pick up on the very relevant topics again at this event.

Charmaine Hogan

Regulatory & Public Affairs, International Relations, Policy Development Expert


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GrooveGaming backs Fire&Ice Party for the future of iGaming

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GrooveGaming are sponsoring the historic Fire&Ice party ‘Rhythm & Beats’ on Wednesday February 5 at Troxy to get the party started in the iGaming industry for the next decade along with sister slot-maker Fugaso. The rapidly expanding GrooveGaming are proud to sponsor this iconic event in London’s East End during ICE2020 to host all their friends in the iGaming community to a great night out!

Fire&Ice is the most anticipated event in the igaming social calendar and the largest social igaming networking event. Held at the iconic Troxy in East London, the Art Deco building will welcome 3000 igaming elite for what promises to be the night of the year for all GrooveGaming and Fugaso partners and friends. The party provides a distinctive networking atmosphere allowing attendees to network with great minds in the iGaming business. This event is held every year during the same week as the London Affiliate Conference and ICE Totally gaming.

GrooveGaming has been attracting attention for all the right reasons over the past year, with a meteoric rise that has snowballed into 2020. Created with the aim of easy and fast content delivery for the iGaming industry, GrooveGaming powered ahead in 2019 as the aggregator of choice for a host of big industry names including EveryMatrix, iGP, Digitain, ALEA and Quickfire, amongst others, and with over 2500 casino games available on the platform and a series of aggregated content added to GrooveGaming, operators are able to find the instant integration that has a wealth of curated content to drive player engagement and revenue.

The world’s fastest-growing aggregator GrooveGaming has been in top gear developing powerful market positions in Europe, the Far East, Latin America and Africa, as well as focusing on the technology development that has set the accelerating aggregator apart over the last 12 months. GrooveGaming has carved out a significant space within Europe’s regulated gambling markets, and a recent announcement about a new partnership with Super Spade Games has given a boost to its Far Eastern ambitions, while deals with Jazz Gaming Solutions and Patagonia Entertainment has bolstered its growth prospects in the Latin American market.

GrooveGaming’s global reach is underpinned by tailoring games lists and promotions for operators working in multiple markets to reflect typical regional player attitudes thereby helping to drive player engagement and revenue. A key reason why GrooveGaming is becoming a supplier of choice around the world is that GrooveGaming is powered by technology innovation which provides operators with the ability to activate a range of features that enhance customer experience and engagement, improve retention, encourage extended play and produce higher yield.

Fugaso, who recently celebrated their third anniversary, is also on a roll, having recently been announced as a finalist in two AskGamblers Award categories which play to the company’s strengths, Best Slots and Best Software Provider, in what is considered the world’s most prestigious casino awards.

Robert Metzger, Head of Business Development at Fugaso said: “Building an emotional connection to customers is at the heart of slots development, so we are proud to support this year’s Fire & Ice party to take the industry into the future.”

Rebecca Sotomora, Head of Sales at GrooveGaming said: “This is an opportunity to host our clients and suppliers at the industry’s most famous event, and a way for GrooveGaming to meet and entertain clients, affiliates, media and all key igaming stakeholders in a fun and relaxing environment with a full evening of partying and entertainment. We look forward to making lots of new friends!”

For further information visit www.groovegaming.com


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FSB appoints Rob Wheeler as Business Development Director

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Award-winning sportsbook and casino platform provider recruits highly experienced commercial executive

Award-winning platform provider FSB has appointed Rob Wheeler as Business Development Director to lead the company’s sales team as it continues to bolster both its senior team and rapidly grow its global footprint.

Wheeler joins FSB from Inspired where he was Commercial Director for its interactive division. He has also held senior positions at Playtech, IGT Interactive and Virtue Fusion.

He will be responsible for driving the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 listed company’s existing and new business across regulated and emerging markets. The fast-growing company achieved 13th place in the latest ranking with judges praising its market-leading software solutions that have generated a year-on-year sales rise of 175% in the past 36 months.

Wheeler joins just weeks after FSB announced new Chief Financial Officer Andrew Bowen (ACA) as it extends its scope and influence across the industry following a significant capital investment from Clairvest Group in mid-2019.

The company will announce further senior appointments in due course.

Rob Wheeler, Business Development Director, FSB, said: “I’m delighted to have joined FSB at such an exciting time. All the key ingredients are in place including a fantastic sportsbook and casino product offering, the flexibility to provide bespoke solutions in line with specific operator requirements, and a great team to deliver on our promises.

“The timing is right to exponentially grow our customer base across both emerging and regulated markets. We are led by a top-quality management team and now have the investment in place to scale.”

David McDowell, CEO at FSB, added: “I’m delighted to have Rob in place as we continue to attract some of the best industry talent and scale up both our senior team and the business overall.

“The combination of Rob’s experience working for some of the biggest providers in gaming and his commercial knowledge over more than 15 years is second-to-none. This will prove invaluable as we enter one of the most exciting phases of the company’s development. I’m very much looking forward to working with him and the team as we have big plans for 2020 and beyond.”


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