BROOKLYN, NY--(Marketwired - February 08, 2017) - Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) and Infor, a global leader in industry-specific cloud software, have formed a fully-integrated partnership that will see cutting edge data science applied to Brooklyn Nets team performance and fan marketing. The wide-ranging partnership covers four major areas: team performance, fan experience, team business operations, and jersey patch sponsorship.
The partnership with BSE is New York-based Infor's first combining analytics and sports in North America. The company has similar relationships in Europe and Asia-Pacific, with the iconic brand Ferrari and the winningest team in Super Rugby history, the BNZ Crusaders. With Ferrari, Infor supplies software for the automaker's manufacturing and racing operations and sponsors the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team. For the Christchurch, New Zealand-based Crusaders, Infor software powers marketing and fan operations, and the team wears the Infor logo on its jersey.
The most unique aspect of the partnership will see Infor develop a one-stop digital hub designed to help Nets General Manager Sean Marks and the team's Basketball Operations department generate stronger results on the court. This hub, developed by data scientists at Infor's Dynamic Science Labs and a team from its in-house digital agency, H&L Digital, will provide actionable insights by analyzing the vast array of data captured by the Nets on-court performance as well as the team's travel information, training activity, and other performance data. The centralized digital platform will aim to enhance data visualization and to further unify all of Basketball Operations, including players, coaches, training and medical staff, and analytics team.
As part of the partnership, Infor will have its logo featured on the front left of the Nets game jerseys starting during the 2017-18 season and a branding presence throughout Barclays Center and HSS Training Center, the team's practice facility in Brooklyn. HSS Training Center will serve as an incubator for new ideas in which Infor's technology will help improve communication and collaboration across Barclays Center and the Nets' business operations, including talent sourcing and acquisition, customer service, and arena experience.
"Our alliance with Infor is a transformative partnership for both business and basketball operations and is indicative of the cutting edge and gritty culture we are building," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "The patch on the jersey represents our deep engagement with Infor and the software company's role in taking our performance to the highest level in basketball operations and the business side. We are looking forward to joining some of the world's most innovative brands, like Ferrari, for the unique opportunity of instilling Infor's proven business applications into our company."
"The disruptive impact of digital has been felt across entire industry sectors, from retail to healthcare to government and manufacturing, and now Infor will take the same approach that's been successful at organizations like Ferrari, Triumph Motorcycles, and Whole Foods Market, and apply it to the Brooklyn Nets," said Stephan Scholl, president of Infor. "What makes the partnership even more special is the bond we feel with the Nets from a cultural perspective-Infor shares the Nets' gritty, entrepreneurial spirit, and like the Nets we moved into our New York headquarters in 2012."
"This collaboration will provide efficient and strategic solutions in real time for Nets Basketball Operations," said Marks. "The new digital platform that Infor is building will improve the way in which we work, communicate and make decisions across the organization both on and off the court."
The alliance will also include significant Infor branding at Barclays Center for all Nets and New York Islanders games, as well as other events. Integration at these events will incorporate a variety of elements, including: digital and static signage throughout the venue; features on the scoreboard and during YES Network broadcasts; and branding around the Nets' team bench, including the scorers' table becoming Nets Smart Bench powered by Infor. Infor will also be integrated on the Nets digital platforms, including the team's app and website.
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Infor builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. With 15,000 employees and over 90,000 customers in more than 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.
About Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank, and manages and controls the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and its Development League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL's New York Islanders.
Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
The New Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank, scheduled to reopen April 5, 2017 after extensive renovation, will offer 13,000 seats for hockey, 13,500 for basketball, and 14,500 for concert configurations, with the ability to flex up. The bowl will have a theater seating option for 4,000 guests.
With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partners and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets. For additional information, please visit Brooklynse.com.