Dutch Basketball League engages Genius for streaming and data platform

Sports data and technology company Genius Sports has been selected by the Dutch Basketball League (DBL) to launch its first live streaming and data platform.

Genius Sports’ automated streaming and production service, GeniusLive, will be implemented in all nine DBL venues, starting this season. Genius Sports entered the field of video production recently with the launch of GeniusLive following on from the acquisition of streaming and performance analysis company Oppia Performance.

Through its tie-up with GeniusLive, the DBL will be able to offer all games live and on-demand on the new website, along with integrated commentary and graphics.

Genius Sports will also provide its live data collection and competition management solutions. Genius Sports said: “Developed alongside the world governing body of basketball since 2004, Fiba Organizer and Fiba LiveStats will enable the DBL to simplify the running of every competition as well as capture live statistics from courtside to power their scoreboards, website, mobile apps and streaming solutions.”

Ramses Braakman, chairman of the Dutch Basketball League, said: “This exclusive and long-term agreement with Genius Sports is pivotal to us. As an up-and-coming league, we really value their approach, counselling and passion for basketball. Their cutting-edge, but affordable, technology allows the DBL to punch well above its weight given our limited resources.”

Romain Vez, head of basketball at Genius Sports, added: “Our partnership with the DBL represents a pivotal moment for Genius Sports and our mission to continue driving the digital development of world basketball through live data and video. Fiba LiveStats and Fiba Organizer are already used by leagues and federations in over 150 countries globally and each one of these partners, like the DBL, can now benefit from high-quality, cost-effective streaming technology.”

Following the launch of GeniusLive, Betgenius, the sportsbooks supplier arm of Genius Sports, launched a live streaming service giving operators access to new content from sports competitions. International operator bet365 was among the first sportsbooks to go live with the product.