German sports data company lands US headquarters in Arlington

dfwnewsa | April 3, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News

German sports data company lands US headquarters in Arlington

Sportec Solutions provides live data and referee services to Major League Soccer. (Courtesy photo | FC Dallas)
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German sports technology company Sportec Solutions will locate its U.S. headquarters in Arlington, adding to the city’s growing reputation for professional sports.

Sportec, based in Munich, develops next generation solutions in the fields of match data and officiating technology, the city of Arlington said. The company has a long-term agreement with Major League Soccer as its official provider for live data and video assistant referee services.

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“We are the center of all the data for the whole sport of soccer, so in that sense we are core to the development of the MLS in the U.S.,” Sportec Managing Director Christian Holzer said. “All of that will happen at our Arlington operations center.”

The city said that the Arlington Economic Development Corp. approved a $1 million performance grant to Sportec for the headquarters at 1701 E. Lamar Blvd. No. 270 in north Arlington. The move will create 17 new jobs with an average salary of $55,000 annually, the city said.

“We are so excited to support innovative sports technology moving into Arlington. We’re eager to see how Sportec Solutions will utilize its technology to explore relationships with other local football clubs and beyond,” Arlington Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Marty Wieder said.

Sportec Solutions has been reporting soccer statistics since 1988 and began working with MLS last year. The company said the U.S. headquarters will include state-of-the-art technology with a full range of services addressing match data, including video refereeing and live commentary tools.

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The decision to establish a home base in Arlington was strategic in terms of the distance between coasts and the time zone for international operations, as well as Arlington being the host of multiple sports franchises, Sportec Chairman Stefan Schuster said.

“Arlington was the perfect location with the perfect infrastructure for our company,” Schuster said. “The city and the (Arlington Economic Development Corp.) were extremely supportive and went to great lengths to help us throughout the process. It’s the ideal situation for our growth.”

MLS franchise FC Dallas is based in Frisco. It plays its games at Toyota Stadium in Frisco and the National Soccer Hall of Fame is housed at Toyota Stadium.

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