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AP to preview every NBA game with automation from HERO Sports, data from Sportradar

NEW YORK -- Working with automation from HERO Sports and data from Sportradar, The Associated Press announced today that it will offer data-driven text stories previewing all National Basketball Association games.

AP staffs all 1,230 NBA regular-season games and all playoff games each season, but the global news agency has never before delivered previews of every game.

The automated, data-driven stories will begin moving on AP lines on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

“We continue to leverage automation technology to expand our content offerings for the many customers around the world that rely on AP for complete and timely sports coverage,” said Barry Bedlan, AP’s director of sports products. “We’ve been pleased with what we’ve been able to do with the HERO Sports team.”

AP Sports editors worked closely with the automation team at HERO Sports to craft the preview templates, using game, seasonal and historical data from Sportradar. The automation technology enables the text stories to be produced directly from data without the intervention of editors.

HERO Sports uses automation to generate previews and other content for all levels of nearly every competitive sport, ranging from Division III college lacrosse to the NFL. It also generates automated previews of MLB games for AP.

"We're excited to expand our work with The Associated Press to include the NBA in addition to our MLB coverage,” said Brad Weitz, CEO of HERO Sports. “The AP wrote the book on journalism, so their decision to trust HERO Sports to produce content is an enormous vote of confidence in our team and platform.”

Sportradar is the AP’s primary sports data provider and holds official data partnerships with top U.S. leagues, including the NFL, NBA and NHL.

“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with the AP, and we are pleased to offer our data for NBA previews to continue increasing reader engagement,” said Jason Sukhraj, senior vice president of business development at Sportradar. “As fans clamor for more information before, during and after games, providing relevant data is paramount to keep them on-site longer and to keep them coming back for more.”

AP also uses automation technology from Automated Insights to produce recaps of all MLB-affiliated minor league baseball games, as well as nearly 4,500 stories about U.S. corporate earnings each quarter.

The AP Sports report first tapped automation technology in 2012 and now provides most of its sports agate to subscribers through automation, primarily from Sportradar. The news agency rolled out automated corporate earnings reports in 2014.

AP continues to explore ways to use automation to expand its content offerings and improve its news coverage.


About AP

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. On the web: www.ap.org.

About HERO SPORTS

HERO Sports is a SaaS technology platform that produces contextually relevant, insightful, ready to publish content based on an understanding of your target audience's intent.  Whether your audience wants text, infographics, slide shows, interactive content, predictions, or fantasy advice, the HERO platform can help drive audience engagement. For more visit https://herosports.com/about-us and follow HERO Sports on Twitter @herosportsnews.  

About Sportradar

Sportradar is the leading global provider of sports data intelligence. The company serves leagues, news media, consumer platforms and sports betting operators with insights and strategic solutions to grow their businesses. Sportradar is the trusted partner of more than 1,000 companies in over 80 countries and serves as the official partner of the NBA, NFL, NHL and NASCAR as well as FIFA and UEFA. It is also the only provider entrusted to work with the U.S. sports leagues in an official capacity to distribute sports data (NBA and NHL) and AV rights (MLB) for betting purposes. The company monitors and delivers insights from more than 400,000 matches annually across 60 sports categories, having developed the industry’s most proficient software while setting standards for speed and accuracy. For more information, visit www.sportradar.com.

Contact

For media inquiries:
Lauren Easton
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press
212-621-7005
leaston@ap.org

For sponsorship or revenue opportunities:
Barry Bedlan
Sports Products Director
The Associated Press
972-677-2270
bbedlan@ap.org

Brad Weitz
CEO
HERO Sports
973-460-1861
brad@herosports.com

Sportradar
comms@sportradar.com