In July, we told you about a cool NYC-based startup called Fungo Media, whose product — “GameChanger” — is making it easier for amateur sports leagues to keep score of games and track players’ statistics.
Now the company just scored a big deal with Little League International to make official apps for the league — a nice win for the startup.
How does GameChanger work? In short, coaches or team reps keep score live via an iPhone or iPad app, and the data gets tabulated and turned into useful statistics for coaches, parents, fans, and even local media. (For now, the company does baseball, but other sports are in the works.)
Little League International will licence the GameChanger technology for two apps:
- “Little League Baseball and Softball Scorekeeper Powered by GameChanger” is for keeping score, which lets parents or other reps keep score using the app’s drag-and-drop interface. This app is free to use (how GameChanger gets data).
- “Little League Live Powered by GameChanger” is for following the action, so a parent or fan could stream live play-by-play updates from anywhere. This app will be paid (how GameChanger gets revenue).
The apps will launch later this year, and should help GameChanger get more users. The company had 6,500 teams using it as their primary scorekeeping tool this year, Fungo Media cofounder and CEO Ted Sullivan tells us. But Little League International adds exposure to 75,000 teams.
Fungo Media, based in NYC, is now up to eight employees, growing from five in July.
More in our original feature on the company: If Your Kid Plays Sports, You MUST Follow This Startup
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