SBC News Genius Sports to provide the XFL with ‘vital’ data strategy

Genius Sports to provide the XFL with ‘vital’ data strategy

Genius Sports has announced a data distribution deal with professional American football league, the XFL.

The sports technology company is set to gain access to the league’s exclusive data rights whilst also being named its free-to-play provider to give its network of betting and media partners the ‘fastest, most accurate feed of XFL data’.

This means that brands and advertisers are able to access the data through the Genius Marketing Suite – an all-in-one fan engagement platform. 

Sean Conroy, Executive Vice President at Genius Sports, commented: “For every sports league, an official data strategy that drives both new revenues and fan engagement levels is vitally important.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the XFL, connecting their games with the media and betting sectors while creating meaningful fan interactions through the bespoke XFL Pick‘Em solution.”

The new ‘XFL Pick’Em’ platform will aim to drive digital fan engagement and expand its digital audience, courtesy of Genius Sports. 

The free-to-play game asks fans to predict the outcome of upcoming XFL matchups, including various proposition bets related to games, players, and teams. To gamify the experience, fans are asked to bet with football tokens, creating parlays to increase their potential score and improve their ranking on the league-wide leaderboard. 

Weekly winners will be eligible for a variety of prizes, including XFL Shop gift cards, and a grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the 2023 XFL Championship Game.

“We continue to align ourselves with the best partners in the business to drive innovation and develop new ways to immerse our fans into the action of the game,” added Wendy Bass, XFL Chief Business & Legal Officer. 

“Genius is a leader in exploring the new frontier of next generation fan engagement. By working with Genius, we can leverage their expertise across technology and data management to make the XFL a more compelling and dynamic viewing experience for the benefit of fans, partners, and stakeholders.”

The XFL makes its return 18 February with a new-look image under Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who purchased the company off his old WWE boss Vince McMahon back in 2018. 

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