Update on StatBroadcast’s Compatibility with the new NCAA LiveStats Initiative (as of 6/25/18)
Posted on Jun 25, 2018
This past May, the NCAA officially announced that it has launched a new stats initiative with a software developer, Genius Sports of London UK, to develop new statistics tracking software for its membership.
StatBroadcast remains dedicated to providing full compatibility with its platform for all scoring software programs used by member institutions. As such, we are working as diligently as possible to provide a solution for those schools that will be early adopters of this software to be able to continue using StatBroadcast for real-time distribution of their media stats, live stats and mobile stats.
StatBroadcast currently supports live stats for schools using: StatCrew Legacy, StatCrew NextGen, StatCrew Sync, DakStats, TurboStats, Presto Stats, Varsity Systems and all others that utilize the NCAA/StatCrew XML standard.
We are pleased to announce that StatBroadcast is planning to have full compatibility with the new NCAA LiveStats scoring application for our media stats, live stats and mobile stats in time for the start of the 2018-19 collegiate basketball season.
Based on documentation provided to us by the NCAA and a previous version of the application, we have nearly completed development on a new version of our software for scoring computers that will be running the Genius app and are finishing compatibility with our live stats cloud for the new Genius file format.
Later this summer, we will be releasing StatBroadcast GCaster, a new version of our StatBroadcast Broadcastr software for scoring computers, specifically designed to interface with Genius Sports’ basketball scoring applications.
Remaining development is dependent upon Genius making NCAA-specific changes to their data and our ability to test with the completed software.
Please note these issues have been identified based on the current information available. As more information becomes available and the software is released, we will update this section:
StatBroadcast plans to support the following enhanced and additional data points that the NCAA will make available through its software:
· Possession Arrow
· New Game status updates including when a game is delayed, introducing lineups, at halftime, etc.
· Extended play-by-play information including enhanced shot and turnover descriptions, the area of the court where the action occurs and new actions, such as held balls.
As the Genius app will require a Windows-based system to run, StatBroadcast GCaster will share the same requirement and will also need the Microsoft .NET 4.6 library installed (this is a free upgrade available from Microsoft -- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48130 – and most Windows 10 machines will have already installed it through the automatic Windows Update service).
We also recommend installing and running GCaster as an Administrator on your system.
GCaster will depart from the traditional FTP method of stats delivery, meaning it will have enhanced compatibility and accessibility on networks at different venues and universities. However, if you are running internet security software, such as Windows Firewall, you may be required to grant GCaster and the Genius Sports app an exception through the firewall, which will require Administrator permissions.