Genius Sports acquires leading volleyball technology provider Data Project

New partnership significantly strengthens both parties’ technology solutions to sports leagues and federations worldwide

(Bologna, London – 18 September, 2017) Genius Sports, the global leader in sports data technology, distribution and commercialisation services, today announces the acquisition of leading volleyball technology provider Data Project. Founded in 1982 in Bologna, Italy, Data Project is the world’s leading provider of technology solutions to professional volleyball leagues and federations and clubs worldwide.

Genius Sports is the trusted data and technology partner to over 200 sports leagues and federations, including some of the world’s largest organisations in football and basketball. Data Project is the leader in providing global solutions, training tools and software to the volleyball industry. Its technology solutions are used by over 80% of the leading volleyball leagues worldwide, including the premier competitions in Italy, France and Brazil.

This combined expertise and technology will enable sports leagues and federations to enhance their operational efficiency, drive fan engagement, maximise commercial opportunities and safeguard the integrity of their competitions.

Emilio Spirito, CEO and Founder of Data Project, said:

“Harnessing technology to drive the growth of sport has always been at the heart of what we do. Data Project has a new partner and look but our mandate, mission and values remain the same.”

“We are delighted to be part of Genius Sports Group, adding our market-leading technology solutions and expertise in the volleyball industry to one of the world’s fastest growing sports technology companies.”

Steven Burton, Managing Director of Genius Sports, said:

“Building our long-term, trusted partnerships with the world’s largest football and basketball leagues, this acquisition marks the latest step in Genius Sports’ rapid growth.”

Data Project’s strategy, business model and ethical values entirely aligned with our own and we are hugely excited to be working with them to further enhance the provision of leading technology to sports leagues and federations worldwide.”

About Genius Sports:

Genius Sports is a global leader in sports data technology, distribution and commercialisation services. We provide innovative and data-driven solutions to sports leagues, federations and rights holders.

Headquartered in London and across more than 16 locations worldwide, Genius Sports is recognised as one of the fastest growing sports technology companies in the world and is the trusted partner of some of the world’s largest leagues and federations.

Genius Sports’ commitment to sport goes beyond delivering profitable and technical solutions for our partners. We understand that the protection, integrity and successful commercialisation of sports data is fundamental to the continued success of the industry. Its future requires those who run sports and those who utilise the data to work closely together, therefore ensuring sport is protected and opportunities are maximised.

About Data Project:

Data Project is the world leader in providing top-level volleyball software and services. The Italian-based company’s total commitment to volleyball software development has been the heart of the business for more than 30 years, enabling Data Project to achieve international notoriety for its integrity reliability and expertise.

Data Project’s software Data Volley is the market-leading tool for statistical scouting and video analysis, used by major volleyball national teams and clubs worldwide. Over the years, Data Project has developed a wide range of tools and services that are now essential to the largest volleyball organisations including e-Scoresheet software and Video Check (the instant replay system) for improving the accuracy of on-court decisions.

Presence, proficiency and high-level customer support are the key pillars behind Data Project’s success, placing the company at the forefront of volleyball software engineering.