Genius Sports Group (GSG), a sports data and technology corporation, has elected sports business leader David Levy as its current Chairman, who will lead the Board’s oversight of the company’s activities and policy.
Levy’s experience includes serving as President of Turner Broadcasting Inc and as a senior adviser at Raine Group and Arctos Sports Group, respectively.
Levy played a key role in establishing and extending Turner’s media rights and maintaining long-term relationships with the NBA, MLB, NCAA, and PGA during his 30-year career at the organisation.
He also took on executive responsibility for the company’s expanded investment in original premium programming across the board. He signed a number of complex settlements, many of which represented a dramatic shift in the industry that went way beyond conventional broadcasting rights.
In 2010, he arranged a transformative NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball contract with CBS, which provided exclusive televised rights to the 2014 Final Four and the 2016 National Championship Game. These primary games were broadcast by a cable network for the first time in the event’s history.
Turner expanded its portfolio of luxury sports assets in 2017 by purchasing UEFA rights, including the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup, under Levy’s leadership. Turner programming earned 33 Emmy nominations in 2018.
An historic time for the business
Levy has this to say: “The capture and analysis of data has become fundamental to the rapid progression of the sports and media sectors. Genius is central to this unique ecosystem and is consistently leading the sports data and technology industry’s development. I am thrilled to join the business at such a historic time and look forward to working as part of the team.”
Mark Locke, CEO of GSG, said: “With his incredible track-record working with many of the biggest names in sports and media, David’s appointment as Chairman is the latest historic milestone in Genius Sports Group’s growth journey.
“The worlds of sports, media, advertising, betting and streaming are converging rapidly and David’s unique expertise and experience will be invaluable to positioning Genius and our partners at the forefront of this trend.”