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STATS

July 14, 2011 09:28 ET

Eric Shanks Joins STATS Board of Directors

NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - STATS LLC, the world's leading sports technology, data and content provider, announced today that Eric Shanks, Co-President and COO of the FOX Sports Media Group, has been appointed to the company's board of directors.

Mr. Shanks has enjoyed a distinguished career in television production and programming. In his current role, Mr. Shanks oversees all entities within the Group, including FOX Soccer, SPEED, FOX Deportes, FUEL TV, FOXSports.com and all digital ventures, as well as FOX Sports' relationship with The Big Ten Network. A six-time Emmy Award-winner, Mr. Shanks holds the day-to-day responsibilities of the FOX Sports broadcast network, including programming, production, field and studio operations, marketing, promotion, communications, business and legal affairs.

Previously, Mr. Shanks served as executive vice president of DIRECTV Entertainment. Prior to joining DIRECTV, he served as a producer at FOX Sports and as vice president of Enhanced Programming for FOX Television Networks.

Eric Shanks commented: "STATS is one of the most innovative companies in sports today. I feel privileged to join this exciting and dynamic team, and look forward to providing my expertise wherever possible."

STATS CEO Gary Walrath commented: "We are fortunate to have the leadership, vision and tremendous expertise of Eric Shanks as we continue to advance STATS' mission to revolutionize the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed."

STATS is owned jointly by the Associated Press and News Corporation. Mr. Shanks joins Tom Curley and Ken Dale of the Associated Press and Gary Ehrlich of FOX Sports Enterprises to complete STATS' four-member board.

About STATS
STATS is the world's leading sports technology, data and content company. The company passionately abides by a mission to revolutionize the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed. STATS' calling card consists of real-time scores, historical sports information, Associated Press editorial content, a turnkey fantasy sports operation and SportVU technology. Today, STATS' worldwide client network of media companies and professional sports leagues and teams utilize a broad spectrum of dynamic in-game broadcast presentations and virtual images, multimedia enhancements and game analysis and tactical coaching tools. STATS is owned jointly by the Associated Press and News Corporation, with corporate offices across the globe. For a complete tour of STATS' sports content portfolio and solutions, visit www.stats.com.

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