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STATS’ Chief Global Officer to Speak at Inaugural Financial Times Business of Football Summit

May 14, 2019

LONDON – May 14, 2019STATS, the revolutionary leader in sports AI, announced that Chief Global Officer Ryan Paterson will participate on a panel discussion at the Financial Times (FT) Business of Football Summit at the historic Claridge’s hotel in London on Tuesday, May 21. The panel will elaborate on current and emerging technology trends within the sport and how they are changing the game of football, bringing with it advanced player tracking and analytics, new services, revenue opportunities, digital platforms and a closer audience connection.

Paterson will speak on the panel, “The Coming Disruption – How Tech is Changing Football,” presented at 3:50 p.m. BST. He’ll be joined by Barry Flanigan, Chief Product Officer of COPA90; Sascha Härtel, Head of Performance Diagnostics, Science and Innovation, at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; and Marta Plana, Board Member responsible for Barça Innovation Hub, FC Barcelona. With new technological breakthroughs leading sports evolution across teams, leagues and sports groups, clubs are investing in more analytics than ever in hopes of gaining a competitive edge. The panel participants bring together unique perspectives from all sides of the game to discuss how the world’s leading tech companies promise to usher football into the digital age, deepen fan engagement and connection, and disrupt the world’s most popular sport.

“Innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, combined with more available data than ever before, are giving clubs new opportunities to enrich their playing style, interact with fans at an unprecedented level, and increase revenue,” said Paterson. “Technology has enhanced the playing field, literally and figuratively, and analytics now more than ever are driving decisions. We’re pushing the boundaries of what this decades-old sport has always been. I’m excited to see where this revolutionary technology will take us.”

The FT Business of Football Summit brings together leading investors, club and league executives, regulators, broadcasters, sponsors, advisors, and other influencers to discuss what the future holds financially for the world’s most popular sport. For more information, visit the summit’s official website, or follow the event on Twitter.