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Genius Sports acquires leading volleyball technology provider Data Project

Author:  George Smith
New partnership significantly strengthens both parties’ technology solutions to sports leagues and federations worldwide

Genius Sports, the global leader in sports data technology, distribution and commercialisation services, today announces the acquisition of leading volleyball technology provider Data Project. Founded in 1982 in Bologna, Italy, Data Project is the world’s leading provider of technology solutions to professional volleyball leagues, federations and clubs worldwide.

Genius Sports is the trusted data and technology partner to over 200 sports leagues and federations, including some of the world’s largest organisations in football and basketball. Data Project is the leader in providing global solutions, training tools and software to the volleyball industry. Its technology solutions are used by over 80% of the leading volleyball leagues worldwide, including the premier competitions in Italy, France and Brazil.

This combined expertise and technology will enable sports leagues and federations to enhance their operational efficiency, drive fan engagement, maximise commercial opportunities and safeguard the integrity of their competitions.

Steven Burton, Managing Director of Genius Sports, said: “Building on our long-term, trusted partnerships with the world’s largest football and basketball leagues, this acquisition marks the latest step in Genius Sports’ rapid growth. Data Project’s strategy, business model and ethical values entirely aligned with our own and we are hugely excited to be working with them to further enhance the provision of leading technology to sports leagues and federations worldwide.”

Emilio Spirito, CEO and Founder of Data Project, said: “Harnessing technology to drive the growth of sport has always been at the heart of what we do. Data Project has a new partner and look but our mandate, mission and values remain the same. We are delighted to be part of Genius Sports Group, adding our market-leading technology solutions and expertise in the volleyball industry to one of the world’s fastest growing sports technology companies.”