LIGR and PlaySight form new partnership

PlaySight LIGR partnership

Leading global sports video technology platform PlaySight have announced a new partnership with LIGR, who are a main provider of cloud broadcast graphics for sports leagues and broadcasters at all levels.

PlaySight’s live and on demand automated sports OTT platform will seamlessly integrate with LIGR’s best in-class live graphics software, ensuring a pro-level viewing experiencing for fans of sports leagues, teams and organisations from around the world.

LIGR’s technology streamlines in-game production costs and enables teams to integrate sponsors, generate reports and build their brand through the enhancement of their live and on demand video.

With this new partnership, LIGR is building a white label and customised solution for PlaySight and the thousands of sports courts, fields, rinks and facilities that its technology connects all across the sports world.

The two companies first reached an agreement back in 2019 in Belgium with the EuroMillions Basketball League, and have been working together across the sporting world ever since. This latest announcement is the culmination of years of work behind the scenes and will result in an easy-to-use interface for clients of both companies.

“We are thrilled today to officially announce our partnership and technology integration with PlaySight,” Luke McCoy, LIGR’s Co-Founder and CEO Luke McCoy said.

“Their live streaming and video platform is among the best in sports, and from listening to clients we know that there is a real need for the combined offering that we will be putting together with them.

“PlaySight’s platform has been proven out across the top sports all over the world, and we look forward to taking their video to the next level with our live sports broadcast graphics platform, and specifically a white label solution to create a one-stop shop for their clients across the sporting world.”

The integration will give clients of PlaySight a single workflow for all of their live broadcast needs, with specific graphics for each sport, and customisation options for brand enhancement, sponsor integration, new monetization opportunities and much more.

“Luke and the team at LIGR are the leaders in the automated live sports graphics market, and we cannot wait to bring this new technology platform to our customers,” PlaySight Co-Founder and CEO Chen Shachar said.

“While the core technologies may differ, we share a vision with the team at LIGR – to bring pro-level and sophisticated technology to all levels of sports, all over the world. The need from our customers, whether it is a league, college athletic department, high school team or high-performance academy is all the same: to find new, creative and exciting ways to engage with their communities and fans through live and on demand video content.”

Dandenong Thunder to enjoy $700,000 LED lighting upgrade at George Andrews Reserve

Dandenong Thunder lighting upgrade

Greater Dandenong Council and Dandenong Thunder have recently confirmed that works have commenced for new powerful lighting towers to be built at George Andrews Reserve.

The upgrade will cost $700,000 and is being jointly funded by Greater Dandenong Council ($500,000) and the State Government ($200,000) with a plan to improve the ground’s overall quality for both training and matches. They formerly had 200-lux LED towers and they will be replaced by 500-lux towers.

For the Greater Dandenong local council, the focus was to improve the facility for the community to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits through the increased amount of playable hours at the reserve.

Importantly, the project ensures that the Thunder have a ground that is up to professional competition and broadcast standards which means they can broadcast and host games that are viewed by a national audience, a huge step forward for the NPL Victoria club.

This broadcast upgrade also opens up the possibility to expand to national matches involving the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City A-League women’s teams and an even more ambitious goal of hosting a Matildas game. The ground can easily hold 5000 people and the lighting and broadcasting standards will be fantastic after this upgrade.

Dandenong Thunder shared the positive implications this light upgrade has for the club.

“The new lights mean the club will be able to host a number of games, not only that but it’s a step forward to the clubs ambition to be part of the NSD (national second division),” a club spokesperson told Soccerscene.

“The support from local council has been nothing but fantastic, Dandenong want to be a sporting hub for the south east suburbs.

“With the FA cup we have seen A-League clubs play at local level clubs, having these new high powered lights we will be able to broadcast at a higher quality, no more yellow light broadcast.”

This news presents an exciting future for Dandenong Thunder and the matches played at George Andrews Reserve. The quality of training, matches and broadcasts has improved tenfold and it matches the size of the NPL Victoria side that have big ambitions.

CPKC and Kansas City Current’s major stadium naming rights deal a win for women’s sport

CPKC Stadium design

The world’s first professional female-football dedicated stadium – home of the NWSL’s Kansas City Current – will be known as CPKC Stadium, after an historic naming rights deal was agreed with the North American rail network company.

Formed as a merger between Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern rail networks in July this year, CPKC represents the first trans-North American rail network between Canada, the United States and Mexico.

CPKC has been a leading investor for women’s sports in the state of Kansas, and CPKC President & CEO, Keith Creel, was proud to announce the stadium naming rights deal.

“We are incredibly proud to sponsor the Kansas City Current and support this history-making project here in the city that is at the heart of our North American rail network,” Creel said via press release.

“CPKC has been a long-time champion of women’s sports and of investing in our communities. This stadium and this partnership with the Current will build on that legacy as together we write a new chapter here in Kansas City.”

CPKC will also hold naming rights to the stadium’s outdoor space for fans, which will be known as CPKC Plaza. This area provides entertainment for all CPKC Stadium attendees, including the KC Current’s official merchandise store.

It is hoped that the naming rights deal will kickstart further investment in women’s football across the region, which has been the cornerstone of the KC Current’s existence according to co-founders and owners, Angie and Chris Long.

“Our [KC Current & CPKC] organisations share a commitment to strive for excellence, invest heavily in our communities and raise the bar with global influence. We are extremely excited to work with CPKC on this historic agreement and know our partnership will create a long-standing positive impact!”

Further to its substantial investment in women’s football, CPKC’s establishment of a direct line between Canada, the United States and Mexico is expected to have substantial benefits for football supporters attending the 2026 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

Presently, though, the stadium naming rights deal demonstrates CPKC’s intention to be a key investor in women’s football across Kansas and North America.

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