Dick’s Sporting Items acquires cellular scorekeeping firm GameChanger Media

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Dick’s Sporting Items is increasing its digital instruments with the acquisition of GameChanger Media, the corporate behind the cellular scorekeeping app of the identical title.

A sporting items firm (with 675 areas throughout the US) may not seem to be an apparent purchaser of tech corporations, nevertheless it’s been build up its suite of digital merchandise for youth sports activities — which it calls Dick’s Crew Sports activities HQ — due to current acquisitions of Blue Sombrero and Affinity Sports activities.

GameChanger, in the meantime, says it’s utilized by 165,000 newbie baseball and softball groups to trace scores and stats for particular person gamers — which additionally means permitting family and friends to comply with the sport from afar, and serving to coaches perceive how every participant is doing.

Based on GameChanger CEO Ted Sullivan, this can be a lot tougher than you would possibly assume.

“We actually like to say that we’re solving some of the hardest problems in sports broadcast,” he stated. “The problem of one game with 1 million followers much easier than 10,000 games [simultaneously], with a handful of followers for each one.”

The monetary phrases of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. GameChanger traders embrace John Stanton of Trilogy Fairness Companions, Dan Levine of Tenfore Holdings, Message Labs founder Jos White and Greg Sands of Costanoa Ventures.

Wanting forward, Sullivan stated GameChanger will proceed to function out of its Manhattan workplaces, and he’ll proceed to function CEO. On the similar time, the corporate will have the ability to increase to extra sports activities (it at the moment helps baseball, softball and basketball) and extra platforms (the scorekeeping app is at the moment iOS-only).

“We imagine the addition of GameChanger and its distinctive in-recreation cellular expertise to Dick’s Crew Sports activities HQ strongly helps our efforts to supply unparalleled technological capabilities to youth and prep groups and leagues throughout the nation,” stated Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack within the acquisition launch. 

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