ANALYTICS - SHAPING THE SPORTS INDUSTRY

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This whitepaper aims at showing the impact Analytics has on the Sports Industry and how the correct implementation of analytics can reap immediate benefits for the industry. The sports industry is now being known as the Sports Entertainment Industry where apart from the onfield entertainment and drama, the business side has taken a long hop. Customer satisfaction and digitalization have also become buzz words.

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The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | February 14, 2022

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | July 20, 2022

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | August 3, 2022

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards.

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TSN and Genius Sports Team up to Deliver NFL Playoff and Super Bowl Feeds on TSN+

TSN & Genius Sports | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, TSN, a popular sports network in Canada, and Genius Sports Limited announced signing an agreement to broadcast cutting-edge NFL games on TSN+. Genius Sports, the NFL's official data partner, will power groundbreaking, augmented broadcasts during the upcoming NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl LVII. It will provide NFL fans with a revolutionary experience on TSN+. TSN+ broadcasts will feature Genius Sports' award-winning augmentation tools, including live feeds from NFL, EPL, NBA, March Madness, and more. Bell Media's largest Canadian sports network, TSN, brings viewers these unique, improved NFL feeds exclusively through TSN+. TSN+ NFL will include play-by-play data-driven insights, graphic overlays, visualizations, and more. NFL NGS data will be integrated into the live broadcast to display key player statistics such as passes completed, rushing, passing, and receiving yards, along with route trails, radar maps, and other on-field enhancements. The new direct-to-consumer streaming service, TSN+, is available on the TSN App and TSN.ca, offering fans of Canadian sports a way to enjoy more world-class games, matches, races, and events than ever before. The enhanced feeds on TSN+ are in addition to the live game coverage on CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS, which delivers games all over the country during all of the league's broadcast windows. Bell Media is the only company in Canada that can show NFL games on TV. Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports, expressed, "In partnership with TSN, we're thrilled to be powering the most advanced NFL broadcasts available through a unique marriage between our state-of-the-art technology with an innovative new platform to deliver a football first for Canadian NFL fans." He added, "The NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl are world-renowned and we're proud to be providing our full suite of broadcast augmentation tools to help bring fans closer to the action, transforming the way every play is experienced on TSN+." (Source- Business Wire) About Genius Sports The global ecosystem connecting betting, sports, and media is powered by Genius Sports' data, technology, and broadcast partnerships. Its technology in over 150 countries provides immersive solutions that enhance fan experiences for the entire sports sector. Over 400 sporting organizations trust the brand, including FIBA, NFL, EPL NCAA, NASCAR, AFA, and Liga MX. Its partners benefit from Genius Sports' cutting-edge technology, scale, and worldwide reach. About TSN With five national television feeds, TSN+, TSN.ca, TSN Radio stations, and a 5G-enabled app, TSN is Canada's Sports Leader, delivering world-class content across industry-leading platforms. The company's network has a deep and diverse roster of live sports programming. It is a part of Bell Media, a leading television, radio, digital, and out-of-home multimedia company in Canada.

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Genius Sports Awarded Ohio Sports Gaming Supplier License

Genius Sports Limited | December 21, 2022

Genius Sports Limited (NYSE:GENI) (“Genius Sports”), the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, announced that it has been granted a Sports Gaming Supplier License by the state of Ohio, Casino Control Commission.With the addition of Ohio, Genius Sports now holds 39 licenses, or equivalent, in North America across US states, territories, tribes, and Canada, providing its award-winning products and services to a wide array of clients operating within these jurisdictions. “We are honored that the state of Ohio has awarded Genius Sports its sports gaming supplier license to provide licensed sportsbooks across the Buckeye State with access to our groundbreaking NFL products and marketing services As a growing majority of U.S. states legalize sports betting, Genius Sports welcomes the opportunity to work with states like Ohio, on providing sports fans with official sports data-driven solutions to power their sportsbooks.” -Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Legal sports betting will be available in Ohio beginning on January 1, 2023. About Genius Sports Genius Sports is the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the global ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media. We are a global leader in digital sports content, technology and integrity services. Our technology is used in over 150 countries worldwide, empowering sports to capture, manage and distribute their live data and video, driving their digital transformation and enhancing their relationships with fans. We are the trusted partner to over 400 sports organizations globally, including many of the world’s largest leagues and federations such as the NFL, EPL, FIBA, NCAA, NASCAR, AFA and PGA. Genius Sports is uniquely placed through cutting-edge technology, scale and global reach to support our partners. We are more than just a technology company, we build long-term relationships with sports at all levels, helping them to control and maximize the value of their content while providing technical expertise and round-the-clock support.

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Foresight Sports Named Callaway Golf's Official Partner for Launch Monitor Technology

Foresight Sports | July 12, 2022

Foresight Sports, the leading developer of professional-grade launch monitors and a Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) brand, has become the official launch monitor partner of Callaway Golf and Topgolf Entertainment Group. Strengthening an already long-established relationship between the two companies, the newly announced official partnership will further extend the use of Foresight Sports' launch monitor technology throughout Callaway Golf's Tour and sales channels, as well as accelerate the pace of availability throughout Topgolf Entertainment Group, which includes Topgolf owned and operated golf entertainment venues and Toptracer's global portfolio of partner's range and golf course properties. "Golf is being played by more people, in more places and with more technology than ever, This partnership between Foresight Sports and Callaway and Topgolf brings together industry leaders that jointly will enable more people to experience and enjoy the competitive and entertainment value golf provides. We are thrilled that Foresight Sports, in conjunction with Callaway and Topgolf, is now poised to provide data-driven golf tools to a wider audience, further establishing itself as golf's preeminent launch monitor technology provider. This partnership will not only help the sport capture new participants and continue unprecedented momentum for on- and off-course play, but also leverage partnerships that simplify the consumer ecosystem for golfing technology." -Vishak Sankaran, President, Outdoor Accessories and Golf, Vista Outdoor. According to Foresight Sports' Director of Sales, Rick Cuellar, the new partnership offers immediate benefits for Callaway's global community of players. Anyone following the current trends in the industry understands that golf has become a massively data-driven sport," Cuellar said. "From watching the pros on Tour to hitting shots on the home range to playing a round on a golf simulator, everyone wants to know their performance numbers. Callaway Golf has partnered with Foresight Sports because, when it comes to club and ball launch performance analysis, they recognize that our technology delivers shot data with the highest level of quality, accuracy, and reliability. Combining this with Toptracer's industry-leading ball flight performance analysis delivers unmatched data to the golfer. Callaway Golf will immediately begin incorporating Foresight's Tour-dominating GCQuad launch monitor and all-new GC3 personal launch monitor into its Topgolf facilities, including select venues and Toptracer-equipped ranges. The partnership will also provide attractive benefits to Toptracer Range owners – which alone commands a presence in over 600 locations globally and is growing fast. Both launch monitors deliver industry-leading ball and club performance data, and their small form factors combined with calibration-free setup equate to the perfect data-delivery solution from the outdoor range to the indoor simulator. Ben Sharpe, Global President of Toptracer, considers the new partnership a perfectly timed intersection of technology and opportunity. One of the key opportunities inherent in this agreement is integrating Foresight into Toptracer locations with a singular objective – to provide more data," Sharpe said. "This partnership combines Toptracer's most accurate ball flight technology with Foresight's most accurate club and launch data technology. The justification for this is simple – we know the marriage of our two technology platforms and data will produce an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. For more information on Foresight Sports' game-changing launch monitors, golf simulators and performance and entertainment software, visit the company's website at foresightsports.com. About Foresight Sports Headquartered in San Diego, California, Foresight Sports develops the most advanced and most trusted performance analysis solutions in the golf industry. Outdoors or indoors, from cutting-edge launch monitors and software to the ultimate virtual golf experience, Foresight Sports is your total technology solution. About Toptracer Toptracer, an innovative technology from Topgolf Entertainment Group, is the most-used and most-trusted advanced ball-tracing technology. The first of its kind to be introduced to the game of golf, Toptracer has revolutionized the way viewers experience the game at select Topgolf venues, at driving ranges and while watching major golf tournaments. Today, Toptracer technology powers over 600 Toptracer Range driving ranges in 31 countries. Learn more at toptracer.com. About Vista Outdoor Inc. Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. We serve a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide these consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model leverages shared resources across brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be out of reach for any one brand on its own. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fiber Energy Products, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. For news and information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com.

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TSN and Genius Sports Team up to Deliver NFL Playoff and Super Bowl Feeds on TSN+

TSN & Genius Sports | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, TSN, a popular sports network in Canada, and Genius Sports Limited announced signing an agreement to broadcast cutting-edge NFL games on TSN+. Genius Sports, the NFL's official data partner, will power groundbreaking, augmented broadcasts during the upcoming NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl LVII. It will provide NFL fans with a revolutionary experience on TSN+. TSN+ broadcasts will feature Genius Sports' award-winning augmentation tools, including live feeds from NFL, EPL, NBA, March Madness, and more. Bell Media's largest Canadian sports network, TSN, brings viewers these unique, improved NFL feeds exclusively through TSN+. TSN+ NFL will include play-by-play data-driven insights, graphic overlays, visualizations, and more. NFL NGS data will be integrated into the live broadcast to display key player statistics such as passes completed, rushing, passing, and receiving yards, along with route trails, radar maps, and other on-field enhancements. The new direct-to-consumer streaming service, TSN+, is available on the TSN App and TSN.ca, offering fans of Canadian sports a way to enjoy more world-class games, matches, races, and events than ever before. The enhanced feeds on TSN+ are in addition to the live game coverage on CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS, which delivers games all over the country during all of the league's broadcast windows. Bell Media is the only company in Canada that can show NFL games on TV. Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports, expressed, "In partnership with TSN, we're thrilled to be powering the most advanced NFL broadcasts available through a unique marriage between our state-of-the-art technology with an innovative new platform to deliver a football first for Canadian NFL fans." He added, "The NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl are world-renowned and we're proud to be providing our full suite of broadcast augmentation tools to help bring fans closer to the action, transforming the way every play is experienced on TSN+." (Source- Business Wire) About Genius Sports The global ecosystem connecting betting, sports, and media is powered by Genius Sports' data, technology, and broadcast partnerships. Its technology in over 150 countries provides immersive solutions that enhance fan experiences for the entire sports sector. Over 400 sporting organizations trust the brand, including FIBA, NFL, EPL NCAA, NASCAR, AFA, and Liga MX. Its partners benefit from Genius Sports' cutting-edge technology, scale, and worldwide reach. About TSN With five national television feeds, TSN+, TSN.ca, TSN Radio stations, and a 5G-enabled app, TSN is Canada's Sports Leader, delivering world-class content across industry-leading platforms. The company's network has a deep and diverse roster of live sports programming. It is a part of Bell Media, a leading television, radio, digital, and out-of-home multimedia company in Canada.

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Genius Sports Awarded Ohio Sports Gaming Supplier License

Genius Sports Limited | December 21, 2022

Genius Sports Limited (NYSE:GENI) (“Genius Sports”), the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, announced that it has been granted a Sports Gaming Supplier License by the state of Ohio, Casino Control Commission.With the addition of Ohio, Genius Sports now holds 39 licenses, or equivalent, in North America across US states, territories, tribes, and Canada, providing its award-winning products and services to a wide array of clients operating within these jurisdictions. “We are honored that the state of Ohio has awarded Genius Sports its sports gaming supplier license to provide licensed sportsbooks across the Buckeye State with access to our groundbreaking NFL products and marketing services As a growing majority of U.S. states legalize sports betting, Genius Sports welcomes the opportunity to work with states like Ohio, on providing sports fans with official sports data-driven solutions to power their sportsbooks.” -Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Legal sports betting will be available in Ohio beginning on January 1, 2023. About Genius Sports Genius Sports is the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the global ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media. We are a global leader in digital sports content, technology and integrity services. Our technology is used in over 150 countries worldwide, empowering sports to capture, manage and distribute their live data and video, driving their digital transformation and enhancing their relationships with fans. We are the trusted partner to over 400 sports organizations globally, including many of the world’s largest leagues and federations such as the NFL, EPL, FIBA, NCAA, NASCAR, AFA and PGA. Genius Sports is uniquely placed through cutting-edge technology, scale and global reach to support our partners. We are more than just a technology company, we build long-term relationships with sports at all levels, helping them to control and maximize the value of their content while providing technical expertise and round-the-clock support.

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Foresight Sports Named Callaway Golf's Official Partner for Launch Monitor Technology

Foresight Sports | July 12, 2022

Foresight Sports, the leading developer of professional-grade launch monitors and a Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) brand, has become the official launch monitor partner of Callaway Golf and Topgolf Entertainment Group. Strengthening an already long-established relationship between the two companies, the newly announced official partnership will further extend the use of Foresight Sports' launch monitor technology throughout Callaway Golf's Tour and sales channels, as well as accelerate the pace of availability throughout Topgolf Entertainment Group, which includes Topgolf owned and operated golf entertainment venues and Toptracer's global portfolio of partner's range and golf course properties. "Golf is being played by more people, in more places and with more technology than ever, This partnership between Foresight Sports and Callaway and Topgolf brings together industry leaders that jointly will enable more people to experience and enjoy the competitive and entertainment value golf provides. We are thrilled that Foresight Sports, in conjunction with Callaway and Topgolf, is now poised to provide data-driven golf tools to a wider audience, further establishing itself as golf's preeminent launch monitor technology provider. This partnership will not only help the sport capture new participants and continue unprecedented momentum for on- and off-course play, but also leverage partnerships that simplify the consumer ecosystem for golfing technology." -Vishak Sankaran, President, Outdoor Accessories and Golf, Vista Outdoor. According to Foresight Sports' Director of Sales, Rick Cuellar, the new partnership offers immediate benefits for Callaway's global community of players. Anyone following the current trends in the industry understands that golf has become a massively data-driven sport," Cuellar said. "From watching the pros on Tour to hitting shots on the home range to playing a round on a golf simulator, everyone wants to know their performance numbers. Callaway Golf has partnered with Foresight Sports because, when it comes to club and ball launch performance analysis, they recognize that our technology delivers shot data with the highest level of quality, accuracy, and reliability. Combining this with Toptracer's industry-leading ball flight performance analysis delivers unmatched data to the golfer. Callaway Golf will immediately begin incorporating Foresight's Tour-dominating GCQuad launch monitor and all-new GC3 personal launch monitor into its Topgolf facilities, including select venues and Toptracer-equipped ranges. The partnership will also provide attractive benefits to Toptracer Range owners – which alone commands a presence in over 600 locations globally and is growing fast. Both launch monitors deliver industry-leading ball and club performance data, and their small form factors combined with calibration-free setup equate to the perfect data-delivery solution from the outdoor range to the indoor simulator. Ben Sharpe, Global President of Toptracer, considers the new partnership a perfectly timed intersection of technology and opportunity. One of the key opportunities inherent in this agreement is integrating Foresight into Toptracer locations with a singular objective – to provide more data," Sharpe said. "This partnership combines Toptracer's most accurate ball flight technology with Foresight's most accurate club and launch data technology. The justification for this is simple – we know the marriage of our two technology platforms and data will produce an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. For more information on Foresight Sports' game-changing launch monitors, golf simulators and performance and entertainment software, visit the company's website at foresightsports.com. About Foresight Sports Headquartered in San Diego, California, Foresight Sports develops the most advanced and most trusted performance analysis solutions in the golf industry. Outdoors or indoors, from cutting-edge launch monitors and software to the ultimate virtual golf experience, Foresight Sports is your total technology solution. About Toptracer Toptracer, an innovative technology from Topgolf Entertainment Group, is the most-used and most-trusted advanced ball-tracing technology. The first of its kind to be introduced to the game of golf, Toptracer has revolutionized the way viewers experience the game at select Topgolf venues, at driving ranges and while watching major golf tournaments. Today, Toptracer technology powers over 600 Toptracer Range driving ranges in 31 countries. Learn more at toptracer.com. About Vista Outdoor Inc. Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. We serve a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide these consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model leverages shared resources across brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be out of reach for any one brand on its own. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fiber Energy Products, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. For news and information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com.

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