Belfast Telegraph

StatSports nets deal with Will Ferrell's LA soccer team

By Simon Rowe

Newry sports analytics firm StatSports has signed a deal to provide its devices to a new football club in the US co-founded by actor Will Ferrell.

Jarlath Quinn, managing director of StatSports, confirmed that LA Football Club - co-founded by Anchorman star Ferrell and basketball legend Magic Johnson and a rival to the LA Galaxy team - has inked a lucrative deal to provide real-time data to players and coaches at the club.

Last week the firm closed a £1bn deal with the US Soccer Federation.

StatSports, which counts Manchester United, the Triple Crown and Grand Slam-winning Irish rugby team and half of the Major League Soccer teams among its clients, has now added a touch of Hollywood glamour to its growing roster of customers.

Mr Quinn said it's "been a good week" for his firm. The £1bn deal to provide four million registered US Soccer Federation players with StatSports performance technology is a "game-changer" for the company, he added.

The LAFC deal means half of the teams in the professional MLS in the US now use StatSports technology.

The firm also confirmed a move into the consumer market with a fitbit-type device. It plans to roll out its Apex devices in the consumer space.

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