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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/

Messenger Scores

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.

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ScoreStream’s Players To Watch-Camryn Woodall

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ScoreStream is thrilled to present our next Player to Watch, Camryn Woodall, a senior softball standout from Keller High School in Keller, Texas. Woodall is currently leading her team as the starting 2B captain for Keller Varsity Softball through the fifth round of 6A playoffs to the Regional I Finals this week. She had six hits and nine RBI’s this past weekend in the Regional Semi-Final series against Plano East. Woodall has racked up her fair share of awards in her high school career, including District 5-6A First Team All District her Freshman and Sophomore year and District 5-6A MVP Junior Year. She has also earned DFW Fastpitch Freshman of the Year, 6A State Championship All-Tournament Team, Texas Sports Writers Association All State, Dallas Morning News First Team All Area Team, DFW Fastpitch First Team All Metroplex Team, and Star Telegram First Team All Area Team, all before her senior year! She maintains an extremely noteworthy .448 batting average in her high school career thus far. Woodall will be continuing her softball career at the University of Utah in the fall. We caught up with Woodall between innings with this quick Q&A!


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SS: How and when did you become interested in playing softball?

CW: I first became interested in the sport as a little six year old girl. My dad has told me stories of trips to Toys-R-Us when I would beg him to buy me the pink softball glove and he finally gave in. I made him back the cars out of the garage and we would spend hours together playing catch and counting how many we could throw without dropping the ball. Little did we both know, that is where it would all begin.

SS: What player has influenced you the most in becoming the player you are today?

CW: I don’t think I can give credit to just one player or person that has helped me become the player I am today, but I really enjoy watching and learning from Hannah Flippen. She is a senior at the University of Utah right now and she has accomplished so much in her four years. She came in and started as a freshman and earned PAC-12 Player of the Year two years in a row. I am really looking forward to working with her when I get to Utah in the fall.

SS: What has been your favorite memory of high school softball thus far?

CW: My favorite memories from come from my junior year of high school. It is an entirely different feeling playing on a team with the instinctual ability to want to win no matter what. Every girl understood her role and played for the girl next to her. We should sing on the bus rides, goof around in hotels while in playoffs, and just always enjoyed being with each other.

SS: Do you have any pre-game rituals that get you hyped up for game day?

CW: Always before away games we jam out with a speaker on the bus and get pumped up with our favorite songs. We also have a ritual before each game where we chant, “together we’re stronger,” which helps reinforce why we are there and that it is going to take every single one of us to win.

SS: Congratulations on your recent signing to the University of Utah to continue your softball career as a college athlete! What are you most excited about playing college softball?

CW: I am beyond excited to be starting a new chapter in Salt Lake City with a new group of girls and coaches. I am most excited for the amount of information that I am going to have the opportunity to absorb. It will be a challenge, but I know that I am going in with an excellent support group that will help me through every step of the way!

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If you enjoyed reading this make sure to keep up with Camryn and the high school scores at Keller High School on ScoreStream this year! You can follow her @camrynwoodall_ on Twitter.


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ScoreStream’s Players to Watch-Gavin Wale

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In every football game, the offense is inevitably going to find itself in a tough position. Usually that is somewhere along the lines of 4th down and out of field goal range. In this situation, coaches call their special teams over and prepare the punt unit for the next play. Statistically speaking, your average professional football team will punt the ball 3-7 times per game. In Division 1 College football that number could be anywhere from 4-9 punts per game and up to 10+ times for some of the more offensively challenged high school teams. In these situations, you want to have a guy that can boot the skin off the ball. This is where Gavin Wale comes in. Gavin is one of the top ranked punters in the entire Country! He has been ranked as high as the #1 prospect for the class of 2019. Before his last kick hit the ground, ScoreStream was able to reach out to Gavin for a short Q&A.

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SS: How did you begin playing sports?

GW: I began playing soccer when I was three. It was there that I realized I had quite the leg and knack for kicking. Since then, I’ve tried just about every sport in the book and ended up kicking footballs.

SS: If you weren’t playing football, what would be your go to sport/activity?

GW: If I wasn’t playing football, I would definitely still be playing soccer. I always dreamed of playing in a World Cup.

SS: Suppose the other team calls a time-out before a field goal attempt, how do you keep your cool?

GW: I think of every kick as a competition against the other team’s kicker. It helps make the situation seem much smaller than it actually is, regardless of the pressure.

SS: It’s game day, what is your go to method for getting in the zone?

GW: Throughout the day, I try to take a few moments to close my eyes and visualize myself doing everything I can to help the team win. Before the game, I listen to music to keep myself focused…”In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins is a classic for me.

🏈 Check out Gavin’s youtube account here to see some of his kicking highlights 🏈

SS: What lessons have you learned from playing that you carry along in every day life?

GW: Between kicking and football, I have learned that nothing will ever be given to you. Everything in life is earned and there is NEVER an excuse to not be the hardest working guy out on the field, or in life.

SS:Do you practice your tackling during practice?

GW: Sometimes I try and jump in during drills, but usually I’m off perfecting things with my long snapper.

 

If you enjoyed reading this make sure to keep up with Gavin and the high school scores at Coronado High School on ScoreStream this year! You can follow him @gavin_wale on Twitter.

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

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ScoreStream’s Players to Watch – Les Thomas

 

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To celebrate National Signing Day, ScoreStream has decided to highlight one of our undecided seniors, Les Thomas. Representing Heritage Hall High School in OKC, Thomas is a 6’4, 170 lb. shooting guard/small forward. In his 4 years at Heritage, Thomas has established an undeniable connection between his long locks of hair and his long distance shot. ScoreStream was recently able to catch up with him and ask him some questions we thought our fans may be interested in.

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SS: When did you first start playing basketball?

LT: I began playing basketball when I was about 6, but I didn’t take it seriously until my cousin from Hawaii moved in with my family. I really looked up to him and watching him play and watch basketball had a huge influence on me. It didn’t take long before I fell in love with the game, and from there on, I made it my dream to play at the highest level and have loved every moment of it since.

SS: What players or coaches have most influenced you to be the player you are today?

LT: Kobe Bryant! He is one of my role models because he wasn’t one of the most athletic players, but his crazy work ethic ultimately made him great. I try to model my work ethic primarily from him because I view myself as someone similar to him. I also look up to Klay Thompson. Mainly because of the way he plays and approaches the game. He doesn’t say too much on the court, but you can tell he always means business. He also doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but he clearly maintains a firm will to win.

SS: That sick crossover drew us to want and show you off to more fans. Is the crossover your favorite move? What is your go to method when creating a scoring opportunity?

LT: Thanks, yes, the crossover is one of my favorite moves except I usually opt for an in-and-out crossover. When I go 1-on-1, I like to use the jab series, then depending on how the defense is playing me it will expose the opening from the defender. I also like the crossover then step-back move because my shot is high which makes it difficult to block. Worst case, if they collapse on me, I’ll find the open man.

SS: It’s game day, what is your go to method for getting hyped up?

LT: My go to method fro getting hype on game-day is immediately fuel up. First thing, right after school, I go to NewLife and get get oatmeal cookie smoothie with sweet tart tea with a liftoff (like a energy drink), then I go to school and chill in the locker room with my teammates. To focus my head, I read my bible (3 chapters) and say a prayer before the game. Come game time, I get ready by playing loud music, which gets me hyped for the game. I put up some warm up shots, then I’m ready and prepared to play!

SS: What lesson have you learned from playing that you carry along in every day life?

LT: I learned that you have work for everything in life, and that nothing is given to you. You either give 110% of you effort towards your goal, or don’t do it at all. This way of thinking has taught me how to be mentally tough. I believe you should never give up because you don’t know how close you are to reaching your goals until you keep working and persevere.
SS: Playoffs are coming up quickly. Any goals for this season and moving forward?

LT: I have many goals for my team and secondly for myself. As a team, my #1 goal is to win the state-championship. My next goal is to play in the all-state game and have enough offers so that I will have the luxury to be able to choose what school I will attend for college. Personally a goal that I have set for myself is to not have any mental lapses. Being a senior, and the leader of my team, I have no choice but to be a great example on both on and off the court.

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SS: Any school records that you have your eyes set on?

LT: I want to break the shooting records for 3’s👌 at my school. I’ve tied our school record for 9 3-pointers in a game twice so far, but I’m confident I’ll break it this season.
If you want more of Les, you can check out his Twitter @LesThomas2017 or his youtube.
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ScoreStream’s Players to Watch-Zach Thompson

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Throughout the year, ScoreStream is always trying to keep a keen eye out for players who are excelling beyond their peers. In this week’s special edition of Players to Watch, we are highlighting Triopia High School’s multi-sport juggernaut, Zach Thompson. Thompson is the 5’7, 140-lb, go-to sophomore that Triopia depends on every game. In his first full season of varsity play, Thompson is playing on both sides of the football and is accumulating quite the collection of highlight tapes on the basketball court. ScoreStream connected with Thompson to ask him a few questions that the fans want to know!

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SS: How did you begin playing sports?

ZT: Well, my dad is a football and basketball coach, so I feel as if I have practically grown up around sports. I always attended his games and quickly fell in love with the energy and atmosphere surrounding the games.

SS: What players or coaches have most influenced you to be the player you are today?

ZT: The first coach that comes to mind is Coach Monroe. He was my coach in junior high, at Winchester, and he has helped me grow a lot in basketball. It meant a lot to me to play for him and he was also a ton of fun to play for.

SS: The juke move drew us to want and show you off to more fans. Is the crossover your favorite move? What is your go to method when creating a scoring opportunity?

ZT: No doubt, The Crossover! It is my favorite move when I am trying to create space and drive to the basket. If you have the ability to confidently use both hands, it becomes straight up deadly. I usually jab hard with one of my feet to see if I can get the defender to bite. If he bites on the fake, you have them and can probably take them to the hole.

SS side note- check out the amazing play that brought us to reach out to Thompson here.

SS: It’s game day, what is your go to method for getting hyped up?

ZT: My pre-game method before playing usually consists of listening to some rap on the bus. But other than that, I HAVE to wear my lucky socks! haha I guess you could say I’m a little superstitious.

SS: Any emoji that describes you and your teammates?

ZT: The emoji that describes our team is probably the laughing face emoji 😂. Our team gets along really well and we also have some pretty funny guys. It’s just an all around good time with them.

SS: Playoffs are coming up quickly. Any goals for this season and moving forward?

ZT: I really want to get to the regional championship and I believe we are more than capable of achieving that goal. When our team gets going, we are a quality basketball team. As long as everyone does their job, we can beat anyone.

 

You can follow Zach on twitter @zachthompson_3 and check out his football highlights on hudl. Don’t forget to keep up with his games, scores, and highlights on ScoreStream.

 

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

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ScoreStream’s Players to Watch-Kayla Lis

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Over the past year, ScoreStream has witnessed many young men and women work to transform themselves into the most skilled and prominent athletes in the country. In this year’s edition of ScoreStream’s Players to Watch, we have chosen to feature Neillsville’s outstanding Senior, Kayla Lis. Kayla is a 1-2 punch who combines an innate ability to drive to to hoop with a deadly outside shot. She has committed to playing next year for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Women’s basketball team. ScoreStream has recently been in contact with Kayla and we were able to do a short Q&A with her to help connect her with her fans.

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SS-How did you originally become interested in playing basketball?

KL-My parents and my brother played basketball which is how I got interested. I’m lucky enough to have a hoop outside of my house, which allows me to shot all of the time.

SS-What player has influenced you the most in becoming the player you are today?

KL-Jenny Lindner was a big influence on me. She showed me that hard work can allow you to achieve your goals in life. As I watched her achieve many goals, I became inspired to achieve my own as well.

SS-What song gets you pumped up for competition?

KL- Thunderstruck ⚡️

SS-Any other pre-game rituals that you do to get hyped up for the game?

KL-My team and I jam out and get hyped up for the game by playing music on the bus and the locker room. As far as pregame exercises, I like to do ball handling drills in the locker room.

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You can follow Kayla on twitter @kaylalis____ and also check out her highlights on hudl. Make sure to keep up with her games this year at Neillsville High School on ScoreStream and next year as she joins the UW-La Crosse Eagles Women’s basketball team.

 

 

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