National Football League Taps Genius Sports Group As Exclusive Distributor of Official League Data
NEW YORK, NY and LONDON, UK, April 1, 2021 – The National Football League (NFL) and Genius Sports Group (“GSG” or “Genius”), a global leader in digital sports content, technology and integrity services, today announced a new multi-year strategic partnership to power the future of NFL fan experiences using personalized, data-driven technology. Going forward, Genius will be the NFL’s exclusive distributor of real- time official play-by-play statistics, proprietary Next Gen Stats (NGS) data, and the League’s official sports betting data feed to media companies and sports betting operators globally, including the U.S., where legal. In addition, Genius and the NFL will develop a jointly governed technology center/hub dedicated to driving the future of NFL betting through innovation of NFL’s data feeds, data products, and fan engagement offerings.
The strategic partnership is an important element to the League’s broader approach to legalized sports betting. Together, NFL and Genius will drive the continued innovation of the NFL’s data feeds to provide fans with accurate, fast, and robust statistics and content. As the NFL continues to engage fans through legalized sports betting, the use of licensed official League data ensures that fans everywhere have the best user experience along with consumer protections. Genius will also have the right to distribute live audio-visual (AV) game feeds to sportsbooks in international markets.
“We’re excited to welcome Genius Sports to the NFL family,” said Kevin LaForce, Senior Vice President, Media Strategy and Business Development for the NFL. “We look forward to working with Genius as we continue to innovate and enhance NFL content on media and betting platforms.”
In addition, Genius will represent the NFL’s legalized sports betting advertising inventory across the NFL’s owned and operated digital platforms in the US and international markets. These assets will equip Genius with the necessary tools to drive key sports wagering metrics of turnover and player acquisition over the lifetime of the deal.
“Genius is proud and delighted to partner exclusively with the NFL to establish a new era of digital fan engagement for professional sports leagues everywhere,” said Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports. “Our technology leads the world in the convergence of official data, betting, streaming, and digital media and we are excited to bring our unique capabilities to the world’s preeminent sports league.”
Integrity of the game is at the center of all the NFL’s legalized sports betting ventures, and Genius will support the NFL’s efforts through comprehensive integrity services to monitor betting across all NFL games (preseason, regular season, and postseason) and tentpole events. The NFL and its Clubs will also have access to Genius’ integrity education programs to ensure the continuation of the NFL’s high standard for integrity.