From an office at the Fifth Street Towers in downtown Minneapolis, Sportsradar operators are sitting at their desks and watching sports. The office is a major player in a quickly growing industry of turning shots on goal and yards run into a stream of data – and they’re hiring now.
Stubble: What does Sportsradar do in a nutshell?
Brandon: Sportradar is the preeminent source for sports data services and products across the globe for leaders in technology and digital media, broadcasters, fantasy sports, social media and gaming. In the US, we are focusing on building a new suite of value-enhancing products and applications with a focus on one-of-a-kind fan experiences and end-user customization capabilities.
Our clients include Facebook, Twitter, Google, Bleacher Report and Turner Sports. We are also the official data partner of the NFL, NHL and NASCAR.
Stubble: It seems like the public attention to stats have become much deeper in recent years – through the rise of fantasy sports, sites like the FiveThirtyEight, etc. – has this affected your industry?
Brandon: Absolutely, we live in the age of big data. Fans are becoming more and more sophisticated with data and it has become incumbent of media companies to satisfy that thirst for information. Sportradar is the partner that allows companies from every sector of the sports industry to satisfy fans with rich data and content.
Stubble: Is getting paid to watch sports not the American Dream?
Brandon: It might be! We are very fortunate to do something we love day in and day out. Our employees are extremely passionate about their favorite players and teams. We are currently building out our tech and live data entry teams. If you’re readers are interested, more information is available via the Careers tab at www.sportradar.us.
Stubble: Logging and organizing sports data is a job I don’t even think about someone doing – the stats seem to just appear magically out of thin air.
Brandon: Our real-time play-by-play and score feeds are extremely fast. Sportradar places tremendous importance on technology and development, which allows us to provide the highest quality data distribution to our clients.
Stubble: For a standard monitoring operator position, how long is a normal shift?
Brandon: We monitor matches between 7:30 AM – 12 AM, Monday – Sunday. A normal shift is 6 hours. During busy times shift lengths are normally 8 hours. We also have 4 hour shifts for operators who may not be able to work a 6 or 8 hour shift.
Stubble: How many games can an operator expect to watch?
Brandon: Operators can cover a maximum of 6 soccer matches at one time. The maximum for sports such as hockey, basketball, handball, and volleyball is 4. NFL and MLB games are a maximum of 3.
Stubble: Does an operator get to choose what sport they watch? Are there any sports that are more popular among operators?
Brandon: An operator does not choose what games they monitor. This is based on what sports they are trained in on. One day an operator may be monitoring soccer matches, and the next they may monitor hockey and basketball. All of this is dependent on the needs of the company on the specific day. During night shifts we do try and give operators who like hockey, NHL games, and operators who like basketball, NBA games.
Stubble: Does your office have a hyper-competitive, super-well-researched fantasy football or March Madness bracket pool like I imagine it does?
Brandon: Fantasy sports are highly competitive here. We have leagues for pretty much every sport. These leagues have been a great way to build office camaraderie.
Brandon Wigen is a Monitoring Supervisor at Sportradar