NBA G League and Second Spectrum partner for cutting-edge data tracking
NEW YORK – The NBA G League and Second Spectrum, a division of Genius Sports (NYSE: GENI), have partnered to deploy state-of-the-art player and ball optical tracking systems across all NBA G League venues. Second Spectrum will deliver the most accurate and robust set of basketball tracking data available for NBA G League players, coaches, fans, broadcasters and partners.
As the Official Optical Tracking Provider of the NBA since 2016, Second Spectrum will now also work with the NBA G League to utilize its advanced machine learning and computer vision-powered technology. It will capture transformative new statistics and insights including shot probabilities, player health and performance metrics, defensive metrics and off the ball metrics.
Having helped develop more than 270 current NBA players, the NBA G League has grown into one of the premier basketball leagues across the globe. Second Spectrum will help to further drive performance levels across the NBA G League, providing its leading coaching tools which integrate tracking data, Second Spectrum AI-generated basketball tactics, and video feeds to enhance training, coaching and analysis.
The NBA G League’s broadcast and streaming partners including ESPN platforms and NBA TV will have the opportunity to benefit from Second Spectrum’s precise tracking data, which brings fans closer to the game than ever before and will deliver augmented reality viewing experiences tailored to fans.
“We are thrilled to partner with Second Spectrum to elevate our basketball tracking capabilities,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “Working with Second Spectrum will provide the NBA G League with new data that will help our overall fan experience and advance scouting and player development for NBA teams.”
“We’re excited to extend our deep partnership with the NBA by deploying our solutions to the entire G League,” said Rajiv Maheswaran, President of Second Spectrum. “This is the first step in helping both NBA teams and G League teams as well as leagues and media partners understand and enjoy the players and the game at the unmatched level that we have brought to the NBA. It’s one step of many to help grow the game and move it forward everywhere.”
Second Spectrum was acquired by Genius Sports in May 2021, combining two of the world’s most innovative sports data and technology companies to create a complete end-to-end offering for the sports, betting and media ecosystem.
About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainer and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 29 teams, 28 with direct affiliations to NBA franchises for 2021-22, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. 41 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2021-22 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.
About Second Spectrum
Second Spectrum is the world leader in building machines that understand sports. They are the Official Tracking and Analytics Provider of the Premier League and Major League Soccer and the Official Optical Tracking Provider of the NBA. In addition, they partner with elite football and basketball clubs, leagues, federations and media organizations around the world, to create tools that help teams save time and discover new insights by making data and video easily accessible and actionable.
They help content distributors automatically create augmented video and interactive, personalized, OTT experiences and are at the forefront of computer vision, machine learning, big data, augmented reality, and product design. Second Spectrum works with clients around the globe and was acquired by Genius Sports in May 2021.