Technology and Data Sector Heating Up; Profiles on
Data and Tech Kings who are changing up the game
Khan: Jacksonville Jaguars, Fulham F.C and All Elite
Khan (born October 10, 1982) is an American businessman
from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. A noted American
football and association football executive, he is
a co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National
Football League (NFL) and the EFL Championship team
Fulham F.C. Khan is also the founder and president
of the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) professional wrestling
is the son of billionaire Shahid Khan, who purchased
the Jaguars in 2011 and Fulham F.C. in 2013.
Khan joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in July 2012,
and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Football
Technology & Analytics.
On February 22, 2017, Khan was named as Vice Chairman
and Director of Football Operations of Fulham F.C.
He oversees the identification, evaluation, recruitment,
and signing of players for Fulham. Khan assumed these
responsibilities following a period of advising the
football operations at the club, particularly in the
areas of analytics and research.
All Elite Wrestling
In late 2018, Khan, who is a life-long avid fan of
professional wrestling, filed for several trademarks
for a new venture that was shortly thereafter confirmed
to be a new professional wrestling promotion, All
Elite Wrestling (AEW). The company then was officially
announced on January 1, 2019, along with its very
first event, Double or Nothing, which took place on
May 25, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas, Nevada. Tony Khan serves as the lead executive
figure for the newly founded wrestling promotion drawing
from his experience in management as a business executive
of sports franchises.
Khan is also the owner and chairman of TruMedia Networks,
a Boston-based engineering firm specializing in innovative
sports analytics solutions for leagues, franchises,
and media partners across the athletic industry.
with TruMedia Networks, Khan and his family also helped
fund Activist Artists Management, a talent management
and advisory firm founded in 2018. Khan made a significant
investment in the firm, and separately established
the Activist content and venture fund focused on investments
in media, entertainment, hospitality as well as consumer
products, services and technologies. (Wikipedia)
Taylor, Founder and Director, iSportsAnalysis
that helps you win!
started life as an online video streaming company;
it's founder, Anadi Taylor, had spent many years setting
up video streaming for multinational companies: The
IET, PWS, BP, Shell, Imeche - the list goes on! Technology,
being the ever changing friend that it is, grew in
such a way as to make streaming videos over the internet
a lot cheaper and so iMediaLibrary was formed.
recognised there was a need for smaller companies
to stream live video and host libraries of their videos
online; whether they were educational, promotional
or fun - this became the area of expertise for iMediaLibrary.
started hosting video footage of private schools,
colleges and university sports. We had to update our
system as there was a request for greater security;
we needed to protect footage of younger students playing
sports, and the updates didn't stop. We were asked
if it was possible to develop a video analysis system
that would enable owners of sports video to tag and
analyse their matches. We researched the best systems
in the world and, after a year of development, Sports
Video Analysis was born.
were asked about using an affordable GPS system to
track athletes performances and so we developed a
system that took data from GPS watches. We soon realised
these were not very accurate and so spent 2 years
developing a world class GPS device along side software
that generates over 100 metrics for each athlete's
match and training sessions, and so was born the Athlete
Performance Pro system.
then decided that the company name iMediaLibrary no
longer reflected what we do and so the new name iSportsAnalysis
came into being!
have continued to develop our software based on requests
from our clients; we now host a range of services
which help monitor and optimise athlete performances,
optimise team game plans, communicate and motivate
team members online and of course to help teams win!
have helped over 120 universities, private schools
and clubs to reach their true sporting potential;
whether it has been from them using the Video Channel,
the online Sports Video Analysis, the Athlete Performance
Pro, or Coaches Corner - the results speak for themselves!
technology on Media Man agency radar; Business ramping
up across Sydney's eastern suburbs says Media Man
agency; New breed of sports tech entrepreneurs U.S
and global vision
brand new heavies
- 28th August 2019
strange case of a texting Hull City fan being confronted
by security guards on the hunt for unlicensed data
collectors has nothing to do with sporting integrity
or illegal betting. Instead, writes Scott Longley,
it should spark a debate on whether a monopoly on
live football data is permissible, and sustainable.
can be no doubting the tension between the English
and Scottish football leagues and the betting operators
is being ratcheted up.
can be the only conclusion to be drawn from the story
from the opening weeks of the British football season
when it emerged via social media that a fan at Hull
City v Middlesbrough had been confronted over his
texting during the match, being accused of illegal
heightened focus on the policing of football grounds
by the English and Scottish leagues follows the deal
reached in the summer between football, under the
auspices of the Football DataCo, and data provider
deal saw Perform replaced as the official data collector
and the press release that accompanied the news said
the pair would hope to maximise the value of
order to achieve this, FDC made it plain at the time
they would be relying on enhanced security measures
to enforce their own exclusivity. Hence, the teams
of security being deployed by a company called Comsec
at football grounds up and down the country.
to FDC such measures are a right and proper enforcement
of the terms and conditions on the tickets regarding
the collection of data. Yet, whether this nuance has
reached the level of the security guards themselves
is debatable going by the exchange as reported from
the KCOM stadium in Hull.
accusations of court-siding and unregulated betting
have been flying around which only serve to confuse
issues. Make no mistake; this isnt a debate
around either integrity or illegal betting. This is
a commercial dispute pure and simple and it should
be viewed as such.
is at issue is whether football has the right to attempt
to create a monopoly in live data. This can rightly
be questioned. That is why we have laws around competition
and notwithstanding the terms and conditions printed
on the ticket, this is a question which is yet to
be truly tested in court.
doesnt have to be this way. The aim of maximising
the value of live data should be seen in the wider
context of the commercial relationship between football
proliferation of shirt sponsorships, betting partnerships,
direct advertising and indirect advertising benefits
that accrue to football makes an interesting frame
of reference for this new money grab. On the one hand,
football is willing to take the money from the marketing
activities of the betting companies; on the other
it also wants to make their operations more expensive
and, therefore, less profitable.
into the mix the recent controversies around the shirt
sponsorships at Derby County (with 32Red) and Huddersfield
et al and the non-sponsorship by Paddy Power, and
it is easy to see why the sight of people being physically
thrown out of grounds arouses sensitivities.
citing court-siding as an issue (at least by inference
in the press coverage), football is succeeding in
confusing the issue and references to data being
sent to unregulated gambling operators
raises the level of misinformation even further. At
the very least, FDC and the clubs owe their fans the
truth about why they are suddenly concerned about
people texting at football matches.
says this is all about integrity, but that again is
a vexed issue. Attempting to enforce via a monopoly
a single source of data is not only questionable under
the terms of the European Database Directive but it
also creates a number of integrity risks rather than
solving them. A single source of data produces a single,
potentially corruptible point of weakness. A single
supplier of data means the reach of important integrity
measures through contractual arrangements is likely
to be smaller.
this with Germany where the German Football Association
(DFB) where all the major sports data providers, including
Genius Group, Sportradar and Stats Perform, have access
to collect their own data and all are signed up to
do so, maximising the reach into the downstream market.
It is an open access system with sub-licences available
would appear to make more sense than attempting to
create a monopoly on facts and courting controversy
by employing heavy-handed security in the stands.
Sources suggest the attempt to disrupt data collection
has continued throughout the first weeks of the season.
question will now be, if the expulsions continue,
whether this escalating issue can be resolved without
a full legal battle. What is certainly true is that
against a backdrop of a testier relationship between
football and the betting operators, more flashpoints
are likely to occur. That is a situation that, it
might be argued, benefits neither football nor the
betting industry right now.