STATS provides its data and insights to the very top. Teams like Chelsea FC, leagues like Italy’s Serie A, and broadcasters like ESPN all rely on STATS. But the largest provider of sports data in the world also caters to lesser-known organizations, and on Monday the company announced it had re-upped its deal with sixth-tier English club Altrincham FC for the 2018/19 season.
After a two-year slide down the English league system, Altrincham won the Northern Premier League last season to win promotion back to the National League North. Altrincham, aka the Robins, were the only club outside England’s top four tiers using STATS’ services.
After winning promotion in 2017/18, Altrincham FC would seem to have every reason to continue using STATS as it hopes to continue climbing the English league system. While top-flight clubs typically have the money and resources to invest in data analysis, Altrincham’s use signals the club’s commitment to winning and rising. It also may trigger other teams to sign up with either STATS or one of the data company’s rivals in order to remain competitive.