20 Most Promising Sports Tech Solution Providers - 2019

In recent years, the worlds of technology and sports are colliding like never before, with administrators of sports organizations acknowledging the need of being smarter both on and off the field.

Technology innovations are being leveraged at every level of sports, ranging from the field of play to the boardroom level where organizations are more efficient, to improving the experience for fans at sports stadia, and of course, the television and live streaming enhancements. Besides enhancing athletic performance, smart arenas, eSports and next-gen sponsorships, fans can have an interactive experience through new applications and services across various channels.

Over the last year or so, some of the key tech trends in the sporting arena include the arrival of Video-Assisted Referees (VAR) in soccer, over the top (OTT) broadcasts, and the meteoric rise of eSports. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has already launched the popular NBA 2K League—an eSports league joint venture between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive. During the inaugural season in 2018, the qualifying stage was open to anyone above the age of 18 with access to the videogame NBA 2K18 on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

Also, sports teams are using data analytics and AI to improve fitness and preparation of their athletes. The most obvious example of analytics is in the NFL where coaches and assistant coaches are seen using Surface tablets on the sidelines during games. In fact, the NFL has a strategic partnership with Microsoft. The use of analytics was also prevalent at the FIFA World Cup when all 32 teams had access to tablet-based systems featuring match footage, positioning data, and other statistics. English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester City is also a pioneer in this regard, allowing its players and coaches access to real-time insights on the opposition. There have been plenty of instances when Manchester City players have credited technology for giving them dynamic tactical plans during their match victories. 

Other prominent sports tech trends include the mass scale legalization of online sports betting across the U.S. Due to the relaxation of regulations, organizations are hatching up new ideas to enhance the sports gambling technology. Sports organizations such as the National Hockey League (NHL) have already acquired several gambling technology companies to capitalize on a potential new revenue stream.

With the sports industry exhibiting a great deal of reliance on technology, technology solution providers are ensuring that the business of sports is lucrative with their incessant innovations. Truly, now is the right time for enterprises to leverage best-in-class sports technology solutions for their respective business. Since the sports technology market is brimming with promising solution providers, it is no easy feat to choose the right one. To aid organizations on this mission, our illustrious selection panel—comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and the editorial board of CIO Review—has narrowed down the top 20 sports technology solution providers that exhibit competence in delivering sports technology solutions.

CIOReview presents the ‘20 Most Promising Sports Tech Solution Providers – 2019.’

Top Sports Companies

Atavus, a leading authority on tackle performance provides innovative solutions in the sports landscape with their trademark analytics platform and Digital Tackling Academy. The organization understands the significance of performance in football and teaches shoulder-led technique that removes the head from the tackle. The company educates coaches in their technique, helping train players to improved performance, increased confidence, and improved safety in the game. The organization is proud of the fact that they developed a tackling system that addresses both risk management and safety concerns while also teaching a much more dominant style of tackling

Rank One Sport is a leading software company helping Athletic Directors, Athletic Trainers, and coaches save time, save money, and improve communication. Rank One Sport offers a comprehensive set of tools to help athletic departments manage their day to day responsibilities. All features are available online, giving users secure access anywhere internet is available. With over 30 Million Pieces of Paper, 3.4 Million Daily Treatments entered, and 2 Million Games Scheduled, Rank One Sport is quickly becoming the preferred athletic department management solution in the United States

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Boulder, Colo., TeamSnap provides an integrated sports team, club and league management solution, designed to simplify communication and coordination for coaches, administrators, players and families. Fifteen million coaches, administrators, players and parents use TeamSnap’s web and smartphone apps to sign up, schedule, communicate and coordinate everything for the team, the club and the season. TeamSnap team, club and league management software makes organizing sports as simple as click, tap and go

Zone 7 provides a pattern recognition platform to prevent injuries using wearables and video analytics solutions. The company utilizes data from medical records, performance metrics, and health data that is already available to indentify injury risks and fatigue accumulation of players through its pattern recognition engine, providing team managers adequate correlations of events occurring on the pitch. Such matrices assist sports teams in ensuring that an athlete remains healthy and performs at their highest levels during the course of a game or throughout a sporting season

Catapult Sports

Established in 2006, Catapult is an Australian start-up focused on elite wearables. Catapult has provided performance analytics to the world's leading sports organisations. Teams such as Brazil, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Saracens and the Australian Cricket Team have all benefited from Catapult insights, as well as organisations, leagues and governing bodies such as the England and Wales Cricket Board, NRL and La Liga. With precision engineering at the intersection of sports science and analytics, Catapult products are designed to optimise performance, mitigate the risk of injury, and quantify the return to play

Empericus

The Empericus Health Intelligence platform integrates an athlete’s entire historical medical record with the latest advances in sports science and sports medicine. The resulting analysis provides medical staff, trainers, therapists, and coaches with the insights they need to help athletes achieve their full potential. Empericus is a proud and trusted co-development partner of Microsoft. Powered by advanced AI, BI, SPP and the full capability of the Microsoft Intelligent Cloud, Empericus ensures that an athlete’s health record and patterns are available anywhere, to anyone granted access

Full Swing Golf

Full Swing Golf, the largest US-based producer of multi-sport simulators, provides dual-tracking technology, which is combination of high-speed cameras and infrared light wave technology to provide unmatched swing data and real-time ball feedback.Full Swing’s technology can be custom fit into a large number of applications including training facilities, resorts, clubhouses, sports retailers, luxury homes, and much more. Users can dynamically experience more than 13 sports including golf, which features 84 Championship Golf Courses. Team Full Swing boasts PGA TOUR Players Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, the LPGA’s Brooke Henderson & the NBA’s Steph Curry

Golf Genius

Golf Genius Software provides innovative and reliable software products for private clubs, public courses, resorts, and golf associations around the world. These products are designed to save PGA professionals time and effort, and help them deliver an enhanced playing experience and an exceptional level of service to their golfers. The company’s flagship product, Golf Genius TMS, is the most widely used tournament management system available today. Combining the best aspects of the traditional golf experience with innovative cloud-based and mobile technology, Golf Genius TMS offers customizable event websites, online registration and payments, tournament formats, live scoring, TV leaderboards, printed materials, automated email and text messaging, and integration with popular club systems

Hudl

Hudl is a leading software company revolutionizing the way coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the competition. Founded by David Graff, Brian Kaiser and John Wirtz in 2006, the company offers the tools to edit and share video, interact with stats, and create quality highlight reels for entertainment and recruiting purposes. The whole experience is available online, giving coaches and athletes secure access at home and on the go.With more than 160,000 active teams and 4.3 million unique users, Hudl has become the preferred game film solution for all teams, from the smallest youth organizations to professional franchises in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia

imATHLETE

imATHLETE,offers technology, database management, e-commerce, and social networking solutions for the athletic market. The company offers a platform that provides athletic activity registration and fundraising tools and product merchandising services. It focuses on adventure racing, aquabike, aquathlon, bicycling, duathlon, mountain biking, running, swimming, track and field, triathlon, and water sports. The company caters to city governments, governing bodies, non-profit organizations, and event organizers. Its clientele include LA Marathon, Twin Cities Marathon, J&A Racing, M3S Sports, and City of Philadelphia. imATHLETEwas founded in 2008 and is based in Santa Monica, Ca

Kitman Labs

Kitman's mission is to enable sports team to win by increasing player availability through injury reduction.The company believes that winning has as much to do with science as it does with desire. By accurately capturing relevant athlete data and applying algorithms grounded in scientific research, Kitman's products and services provide actionable insights that improve player availability and deliver stronger team results. Kitman Labs company serves the elite athlete marketplace providing accurate, marker-less motion capture and delivering real-time alerts that enable coaches and staff to take preventative actions before injuries occur

KORE Software

Based out of New York City, NY, Kore Software is a recognized leader in the sports tech arena. KORE offers ticketing, fan engagement, managing suites and premium digitally enabled solutions to sports and entertainment businesses worldwide. It assists an excess of 250 professional sports organizations and 500 colleges and properties harness valuable customer and partner data – including preferences and behaviors – to create valuable insights, and turn those insights into pow¬erful revenue-generating action. KORE’s applications drive sales, streamline business processes, and takes profitability to a whole new level

LiveLike

LiveLike is a next-gen OTT sports technology company delivering the best live sports experience to fans on any platform -- solving the linear live sports streaming paradigm. LiveLike’s white label platform integrates the latest innovations in VR, AR, and MR to revolutionize sports viewing around the world. LiveLike key clients and events include: Fox Sports VR, French Open, UEFA Champions League, Manchester City, BT, France Television, Sky Germany, NASCAR, Super Bowl LI, Huawei, and many more. LiveLike reinvents the user experience around four pillars: social, interactivity, content and immersivity

PlaySight Interactive

PlaySight connects the next generation of athletes with its immersive video, analytics and live streaming sports technology platform. Technology has changed how sports are coached, played, and consumed at the elite level, and PlaySight is focused on delivering the same technology experience to all levels of sport all over the world. SmartCourt technology is driven by AI and is bringing together the physical and digital world of athletes. PlaySight makes courts, gyms, fields and rinks Smart by installing high-performance AI software and connected camera technology

Shoflo

Shoflo, LLC. is a SaaS provider that addresses the pain points of the technical event production industry. Used around the world daily, Shoflo helps professional NBA, NFL & MLB teams coordinate their in game entertainment and score board production as well as large corporate conferences and stage production. Shoflo was founded in 2013 after its founder, Stephen Bowles, experienced the pain points of a paper based workflow first hand while directing cameras for large events. Shoflo team consists of software engineers, support & account executives and it’s located in the heart of downtown Orlando FL

SSB

SSB aims to elevate the capabilities of its clients through its product and service suite and enable them to make actionable and profitable decisions. To be precise, SSB enables sports and entertainment organizations interact with their customers and enable them to garner revenue in dollars. Over the years, the firm has garnered the trust of several governmental bodies, sports teams of various educational institutions and individual athletes. SSB offers assistance in business intelligence, CRM for sports and education, as well as data management, for its clients

Stack Sports

Stack Sports strives towards serving the existing youth sports ecosystem better by enhancing the capabilities of several leading sports technology companies today. In the recent past, the company has offered its assistance to several international sports organizations by delivering holistic management solutions. Stack Sports' unique suite addresses competition, membership and event management, for its clients and ensuring better community engagement

Teamworks

Driven by its core values, namely hard work, commitment, exceptionalism and humility, TeamWorks has developed a unique athlete engagement platform. The firm's application enables scheduling and communication, along with facilitating seamless file sharing. TeamWorks' 'Connect & Engage' approach facilitates sending or scheduling email, voice and text messages. Adoption of the platform also allows users to create customized groups for texts and delivering receipts. TeamWorks' platform reduces the time consumed in information tracking, which includes collection of signatures and manually dispatching reminders

Upper Hand

Upper Hand is a sports and fitness software company bringing video analysis and coaching into the same platform used to operate the business. Accelerate client development with the ability to instantly review video collected, organized, and analyzed by the APEX sports software system. Upper Hand’s revolutionary APEX video analysis is an incredibly simple yet powerful video platform that makes capturing, organizing and sharing video fast and easy. The platform gives the players ability to visualize their athletic performance in a way never seen before

Volt Athletics

Volt is sports tech company is dedicated to make elite-level workout programs accessible to athletes’ and coaches world-wide through AI-enabled app. Volt provides detailed instruction and resources to athletes to execute everyday workout safely including thousand plus body weight, band, and weighted excercises. Volt analyzes athletes’ data to build personalized workout plans optimized for over 38 different sports and fitness goals including gender specific options. Volt continually evolves and adapts an athletes’ training based on their progress. Volt’s customizable training programs help coaches save time and provide training to athletes