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New Esports Partnership with Simulation Football League

The SFL and ScoreStream have entered a partnership to bring the first competitive esports league on the ScoreStream app. The Simulation Football League (SFL) is a one-of-a-kind controlerless football league. Currently played on All Pro Football 2K8, the SFL has the full structure of a traditional football league with a rookie draft, live commentary on games hosted through Twitch, and much more. With football being one of the biggest draws on ScoreStream, it couldn’t be a more perfect fit to introduce the SFL and esports to the app.

“We originally launched as a platform to cover high school sports with a particular emphasis on the most widely played team sports,” said Derrick Oien, CEO of ScoreStream. “Over the years we have added a bunch of other team sports as well as some international sports like handball and netball. We have had a lot of inbound interest from esports teams and leagues, and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with the SFL. The SFL will be our first foray into a new category for us, esports, in a sport that is widely popular on ScoreStream, Football, and we can’t wait to introduce the league to our fans.”

To learn more about the Simulation Football League, their upcoming games leading into playoffs, and the partnership visit their website here: https://simulationfl.net/2018/03/07/sfl-partners-with-live-scoring-app-scorestream/

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ScoreStream Local Sports API

Today we would like to announce the availability of the ScoreStream Local Sports API. Over the last several years we have received numerous requests to gain access to our API.  Up until now we have only made the API available to a few select partners.

 

The ScoreStream API will be available to partners who desire automated access to ScoreStream’s data for display in custom formats, whether online, mobile, television, or print. The API supports both an HTTPS Json REST interface and an HTTPS WebSocket interface.

 

Based on the volume of requests and the quality and quantity of our data, we are now making our API available on a commercial basis to interested parties. We will provide access to the API for a fee based on certain factors, such as the type and quantity of content, market and/or audience size, and the intended manner of display. Access will generally include real-time scoring data, as well as photos, videos, and social engagement. Real-time scoring data typically includes sport, gender, team A, team B, logos or varsity letters, period (quarter, period, inning, etc.) time stamp and geo-location.

 

In addition to the API, we will continue to allow partners to display our data via our current “cut-and-paste” web widgets (See example above). The white label widgets will function as our current widgets, but allow for prominent custom branding for our partners and/or their advertisers.

 

ScoreStream’s content is crowd-sourced, so there are a few things to consider when determining whether our data set is appropriate for your purposes. There are essentially two buckets of data that we can provide via our platform:

 

Data Set 1 – High School Sports Data. We crowd-source 10,000 to 15,000 high school games each week from the middle of August through the end of May. This data is syndicated widely to media partners and the Associated Press, and is validated through a number of mechanisms to ensure accuracy. This data is typically used for real-time web widgets, broadcast tickers and other applications that are time sensitive and require a high degree of accuracy.

 

Data Set 2 – Everything else. Our users schedule and score games at all levels. This includes international, pro, college, junior college and semi-pro sports, as well as youth and club sports. We do not employ the same validation methodology for this data, nor do we track the data sets for completeness.  However, due to the size and engagement of our audience, we do source timely, accurate scores across a wide range of games at all levels. You may find this data set provides a cost-effective alternative to more established data providers, particularly as relates to local professional and collegiate sports.

 

Going forward, our partners will continue to have access to our GameManger and GameScheduler tools at no cost, allowing them to easily schedule and update games in real time. Our platform is also designed to easily add new organizations, leagues and clubs. If you would like us to add a league or set of teams, just let us know. 

 

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out to us at partner@scorestream.com for complete documentation and access to a temporary developer key for testing purposes. In your email it would be helpful to describe your media, use case, market/audience size and any other relevant details that can help provide you with cost effective data
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Scores Everywhere – Now on Facebook Messenger

When we started ScoreStream, we began with the premise that we could use the approach Waze took with traffic and apply that to local sports media. We knew that with the rise of the Internet and the consolidation of media that it was increasingly difficult to cover local sports in an economical way.

Our early belief was that only a very small percentage of people would ever create content of any type, much less score a game. The first version of our application literally was released to test the thesis that we could create something that enough people would use and if that proved true then we would try to build a more complete solution. Version 1 of the ScoreStream app allowed you to score a game and post those results out to Facebook, Twitter, and SMS.

We knew that 95+% of users would download our app, look for some scores and would then delete the app in frustration. Fortunately for us we found a good early group of power users who validated the approach and we moved to make a more complete solution.

Early on in the company, we reached out to a number of media partners and asked them if they would be interested in using a crowd-sourcing solution to capture local sports scores. One of those early companies was a radio station in San Diego – The Mighty 1090. They were covering the local high school section on a weekly radio show and wanted us to create a scoreboard widget for their website. We shrugged and made one for them. Today those scoreboard widgets are on over 10,000 websites including 1,300 top media properties in TV, radio, and newspaper sites.

We always viewed what we did as a technology platform and so the next logical step for working with media companies was to provide that data in a format that could be played on television. Working with one of our earlier investors, Sinclair Broadcasting, we created a framework that allowed us to syndicate our score data to the various ticker packages that they use in their news and sports broadcasts. There were a number of specific issues we had to deal with for television including accuracy. We developed some clever methods to insure accuracy and today we are powering on-air tickers for over 75 television stations and we expect that number to grow substantially this year.

Both our tickers and widgets can be created by selecting a specific set of teams or by drawing a map and creating a geofence to add schools or teams in an area to a widget. A lot of retail venues are looking for ways to engage with local communities. In particular sports bars and other dining establishments want to find ways to showcase their interaction with the community. We were approached by a vendor who was working with Buffalo Wild Wings and we rapidly developed a solution that can display local scores, photos, and videos on a big screen TV that draws content in from local high schools and other teams. We have piloted this with some of the biggest names in retail this last year and expect to have a lot of deployments this coming fall.

One day my friend Matt reached out and suggested that we have a discussion with Snapchat about what they were doing in sports. We had a couple of really good conversations and before long we were working with them to provide real time score data for roughly 5,000 games each Friday night in the high school football season. Snapchat users who are within 500 meters of a high school football game are presented with a filter option when they take a snap that shows the score of a game up to the minute at that point in time.

As we continued to grow our coverage and user base we entered into discussions with the Associated Press about working together to capture high school scores on a faster basis. After lots of diligence we entered into a partnership where we work cooperatively to capture tons of games as fast as possible through the football and basketball seasons.

For a number of years we had scoreboards on a variety of iHeart radio station websites. Last year we began discussions about how we could use all of our data to create daily high school radio spots for roughly 50 markets across the country. We worked closely together throughout the summer and rolled out a great product with them this fall. You can see some examples of that via “SportsPass” which is the branded name of the product.

Over these last several years, users who have discovered ScoreStream have realized that they can submit scores to ScoreStream and those scores are fed to local TV, radio, newspapers, restaurants, Snapchat and the Associated Press. A lot of the value of using our platform is that we send their scores everywhere. The fans feel empowered and motivated since they realize they are helping their favorite teams receive more recognition.

With that in mind we thought about other places where it might make sense to send scores. We felt that there were a lot of customers who do not necessarily use a lot of apps, but a ton of them use platforms like Facebook. Today we are excited to announce the launch of our ScoreStream Scoring Bot for Facebook Messenger. While we certainly like fans to use ScoreStream directly when they are following their games, we know that there are a lot of consumers who still struggle to find their high school scores and we wanted to give them an easy way to stay up to date with their high school or their kids high school. If you go to our Facebook Page you can click on the message button and Follow the teams you are interested in. As we get score updates and other information, that will be delivered to you directly in Facebook Messenger. Last week we had scores for over 15,500 games so we are pretty sure there is a good chance we have your team’s score as well.

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Baseball en France!

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Je tiens à remercier les Ducks qui ont utilisé notre application ScoreStream lors de la saison 2017, Cette application a permis aux fans des Ducks de pouvoir suivre en temps réels le score de chaque rencontre tout au long de la saison, de leur donner de la visibilité sur les réseaux sociaux. Un bel argument de visibilité et crédibilité pour ce sport mineur actuellement en France. Pour la saison 2018 nous renouvelons notre partenariat avec les Ducks et invitons tous les clubs de baseball de division 1, à utiliser l’application gratuite pour la saison 2018, une nouvelle étape pour montrer votre équipe et votre sport aux médias dans l’optique du retour du baseball aux JO de Paris 2024.
Bonne saison 2018 au baseball Français.

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ScoreStream Receives Intel Capital Funding

ScoreStream Receives Intel Capital Funding

New funding will enable ScoreStream to enhance crowd sourcing platform for local sports

November 9, 2017 — Del Mar, Calif — Today we are proud to announce ScoreStream has received funding from Intel Capital, Intel’s strategic investment and M&A organization. ScoreStream is a crowd sourcing platform for capturing and syndicating local sports content to consumers and media companies. ScoreStream has partnerships with most of the major broadcast television groups, iHeart Media, and the Associated Press.

The new funding will enable ScoreStream to create new product enhancements and extend its platform capabilities. Other investors participating in this round of funding include Avalon Ventures, Sinclair Broadcasting, R/GA and Verizon Ventures.

Intel Corporation and ScoreStream have also entered into a business collaboration agreement, under which they will collaborate regarding certain technical, marketing and sales activities.

“Our ability to cover local sports on a national basis has relied on using computers and the crowd to bring coverage across the country on a real time basis. The intersection of media and technology is rapidly evolving and we are excited to have Intel as an investor as we look to use our platform on a global basis and to extend our coverage both deeper and more broadly,” said Derrick Oien, CEO of ScoreStream.

“ScoreStream leverages machine learning and the crowd to source local sports coverage not previously available in real-time,” said James Carwana, VP & GM of Intel Sports.  “Intel Sports plans to collaborate with ScoreStream to enhance the fan engagement and personalization experience around this hyper-local data on a global basis.”

About ScoreStream

ScoreStream is the first and leading crowd-sourcing platform for live local sports. The ScoreStream mobile app engages fans through crowd-sourced scores, photos, video and chat from over 10,000 games per week from around the world. ScoreStream is an early-stage, venture-backed start-up based in Del Mar, CA. Follow ScoreStream at www.scorestream.com, www.facebook.com/scorestream, and @scorestream on Twitter.

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital invests in innovative startups targeting 5G connectivity, the data center, artificial intelligence, merged reality, autonomous driving and a wide range of other disruptive technologies. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US $12.2 billion in 1,500 companies worldwide, and more than 640 portfolio companies have gone public or been acquired. Intel Capital curates thousands of business development introductions each year between its portfolio companies and the Global 2000. For more information on what makes Intel Capital one of the world’s most powerful venture capital firms, visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.

Using Rankings On Scoreboards

Want to show off team rankings on your ScoreStream scoreboard? Now you can! Just build your widgets with our ranking sets by following these simple steps:

1. Log in to your account at ScoreStream.com, click on “My Widgets” and select “Create widget”.

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2. Select your widget type.  If you want to use an existing widget and replace what is currently on that widget with this ranking set, click ‘update’ next to that widget instead of creating a new one.
Note: Rankings are not available on Photo/Video Galleries.

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3. Once you’ve selected your widget type, you will see three tabs on the top. These tabs indicate the various ways you can build which teams will be listed on the scoreboard. Select the “Ranking Sets” tab.

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4. Once in the Ranking Set tab, you will be allowed to choose from any public rankings, or create your own set of rankings. The red arrow points to where you select to create your own ranking sets.

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5. Follow the steps to name your new ranking set. Once named, you’ll see the following screen. Once here, search for the team in the search bar, select them, and add them to your rankings!

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6. Once you have selected the teams, you will be allowed to re-order them with the arrows beside each team name. You will use this to update the rankings each week or as frequently as you’d like to change them.

The first time you will need to save using the gear by the ranking name. Moving forward, the rankings auto-save.

 

7. Once you’re finished, select “Back to Widget Creator” on the top right. This will return you to the widget all set up with the rankings! Click save on the widget. This will automatically update if you already have this scoreboard live on your website. If it is not live yet, copy and paste the iframe code below and copy it wherever you want your scoreboard.

 

8. Share for fans to follow!

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GM Tools- Game Stoppage Status

Have a game that is delay, cancelled, postponed, or any other changes in the game status? Don’t just delete the game, use the Game Manager to change the Game Status! This will keep the game on the game page, but let other fans see what happened.

Here’s how:

Step 1. Go to ScoreStream.com/tools and open your Game Manager.

Step 2. Ensure the date is correct for the game you want to edit and select that game.

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Step 3. Select “See Stoppage Status” then select what status the game is now in.

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Step 4. Follow the steps on giving details about the game status change. Then you’re finished!

 

Thanks for helping ScoreStream and fans stay up to date with their favorite teams and every game!

ScoreStream Tutorial: Adding a Game Venue

Fans love seeing the game score, photos, and videos from the action. However, one thing ScoreStream has been asked a lot recently is: Where is this game being played?

Now you can tell other fans exactly where the game will be played, so they can come cheer along with you!

Step #1: Login

Login to your ScoreStream account and go to the team page that you’re a GM for.Login-1

Step #2: Go to team page settings

Once you are on your team page, click on the gears on the top right hand corner to get to the team page settings.* You will see a drop down of options populate – click on “Update Team Information”

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*If you do not see these gears, you are likely not a GM for this team. If you would like to be a GM, please email feedback@scorestream.com

Step #3: Scroll to Game Venues

Scroll down to the Game Venues section in the page settings. There you will be able to see if there have already been venues added for your team. If there have been, verify they are in the correct location, and ensure the sports they show for that location are correct. If they aren’t, edit the current ones or add new ones.

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Step #4: Add new Game Venues

Have a game venue that’s not on the list? Select “Add Game Venue,” drag the pin to the correct location, then fill in the name and sport information. The more information you can provide for fans, the better!

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Still have questions? We’re here to help!
info@scorestream.com

You may also be interested in:

>>Updating a Team Page
>>Getting Ready for Game Day
>>Promotional Playbook for GMs
>>Promotional Playbook for Partners

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Posting to a Facebook Page from ScoreStream

Currently Facebook only allows apps to post to a personal Facebook page not a Page owned by that user for all apps except Twitter. Many teams and leagues have requested a way to post to their Facebook Page. Don’t fear, there is a way!

Step 1. Log into your Twitter account. Select your profile on the top right, then select “Settings”.

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Step 2. Select “Connect to Facebook”. If you already have your account connected to Facebook, you may want to disconnect then reconnect it to configure the settings properly. You will also need to select who has access to see the posts from your Page. “Friends” or “Everyone” is suggested.

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Step 3. Select the type of tweets to post on your personal page. Note: These selections are still on your personal page. You will need to select the “Allow posting to one of your pages” below, and select the permissions for the Page as well. You must select the “Post to my Facebook Page” for the tweets through ScoreStream to post on your Page.

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Twitter has put together a similar guide to help you with the posting with/to Facebook setup. You can find it here. If you have any other issues, feel free to email us at Info@ScoreStream.com and we will be happy to help!

Good luck on your season and thanks for using ScoreStream!

 

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Best Photos from Encinitas Summer 7’s

This past weekend the annual Encinitas 7’s Rugby Tournament took place in San Diego. Spanning over twelve different divisions, the Encinitas 7’s Rugby Tournament hosted over 850 athletes from around the state, ranging in ages 10 and all the way up to 18 years of age. Throughout the competition, ScoreStream users maintained live updates of all the game results as well as many amazing photos and videos. We wanted to share a few of the amazing action!

 

 

Want to follow high school and club sports in real-time? Download the ScoreStream app for free here: Itunes or Google Play

 

Have a tournament coming up? We can help you with free, live scoring! Contact us at Info@ScoreStream.com