01/12/2012 11:06 AM EST
Cubs, Bloomberg Sports to partner on new baseball analytic technology solutions system
The Chicago Cubs and Bloomberg Sports, one of the world's leaders in sports analytic technology, today announced a new partnership to design a state-of-the-art player evaluation system for the Cubs Baseball Operations Department.
This new partnership is the latest step in player analytic technology for Bloomberg Sports, which has been creating solutions for MLB teams, players and fans for the past four years. The Cubs new system will combine video with extensive data on all professional players, as well as customized and enhanced technology to assist the evaluation process. The platform is being created with both laptop and mobile capability, and the two parties will begin implementation and development of the new system immediately.
"We are excited to partner with Bloomberg Sports and benefit from their world-renowned expertise in Analytics and Information Management" said President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. "The management and analysis of data, whether it be scouting reports, statistics, medical information or video, is a critical component of our operation. We look forward to developing a customized program that utilizes the most advanced and efficient technology available in the marketplace today to facilitate quicker, easier and more accurate access to all the sources of information we use to make baseball decisions."
"Over the past few years we have helped set the standard for excellence and efficiency in advanced analytics, whether it has been for MLB teams with our comprehensive, integrated systems, players with our tablet product or fans with our fantasy tools, and this partnership is the next step in that evolution," said Bill Squadron, head of Bloomberg Sports. "Bloomberg as a company has always been about innovation, and we are very excited to partner with Theo and the Cubs organization."
Named as one of the Ten Most Innovative Companies in Sports in 2011 by Fast Company Magazine, Bloomberg Sports has quickly become one of the industry leaders in providing cutting edge analytic products for fans, MLB teams and professional players. Their fantasy baseball product, "MLB Front Office," is the fastest growing and most in-depth tool for both the casual and the die-hard baseball fan. The professional analytic tools are now being used by 21 Major League clubs for player evaluation, and their tablet products are being used by over 200 MLB players to evaluate performance almost in real time.
About BLOOMBERG SPORTSTM PRODUCTS
Launched in 2010, BLOOMBERG SPORTS BASEBALL is taking the tools developed by Bloomberg, the leading global provider in data and analytics, and applying them to the vast data analysis opportunities in sports. BLOOMBERG SPORTS fantasy baseball products, in conjunction with MLB.COM, provide both a "draft kit" and "in-season tools" that give fans the most powerful resources to prepare and conduct their fantasy draft and make replacements, trades and other key decisions for their fantasy teams. The season update tool provides the casual fan with the ability to explore added features and insights about all their favorite players and teams. Additionally, the BLOOMBERG SPORTS professional product provides Major League Baseball clubs with a secure, virtually unlimited set of analytical functions that can assist them in personnel evaluation and performance matchups. Their tablet product for players was launched in 2011 and provides individual players with the most advanced evaluation tools as well. For more details, please visit http://www.bloombergsports.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.