Limerick was a natural choice for major US sports data company.
Chicago-headquartered sports data intelligence player STATS is to create 100 new jobs at its new EMEA headquarters in Limerick.
The new headquarters will be headed up by sports tech pioneer Gráinne Barry, founder of SportsTech Ireland.
‘Our Limerick location will also help develop the next generation of sports technology products thanks to the expanding talent and resources in the market’
– KENNETH FUCHS
Coined the ‘City of Sport’ by proponents of sports tech opportunities for the city, choosing Limerick lets STATS tap into the best the progressive city has to offer – from collaborative education partnerships with the three local institutions to the ever-expanding technology and science clusters that are transforming the city.
The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
As the headquarters of EMEA operations, Limerick will serve as a hub for all aspects of STATS’ business to deliver live sports data and intelligence solutions to the 800 teams, leagues, brands, technology and media partners.
“STATS is one of the most innovative companies at the intersection of sports data and technology — two of my passion points — and I am thrilled to join their team as they begin their operations in Ireland,” said Barry.
“With a regional headquarters in Limerick, we will be located in a city energised by some of the best minds in tech and sport, where we can better service our clients and have a new location to unite functions that are core to our business.”
The intersection of sports data and technology
STATS will set up a temporary office in Limerick as they look for a permanent location. Upon opening of a permanent office, STATS will build its presence in Limerick to 30 full-time employees by the end of 2018, with 100 more part-time staff members, making it the largest sports technology company in Ireland.
“Over recent years, STATS has forged several major partnerships and acquisitions in the region, including Prozone Sports in 2015, which has led to accelerating growth in the EMEA market,” said Kenneth Fuchs, CEO of STATS.
“With the opening of our Limerick office and regional headquarters, and the hire of Gráinne Barry, we will be strongly positioned to offer and expand our diverse and leading set of team and media products throughout the region. Our Limerick location will also help develop the next generation of sports technology products thanks to the expanding talent and resources in the market.”