UNKNOWN to many, the conclusion of the PBA’s 40th season last month marked the league’s successful first full season using FIBA Livestats.
While still being linked up to its official website www.pba.ph, many PBA fans both in the country and overseas have already made it a habit to follow the games of their favorite teams and players online via FIBA Livestats. That is, if they’re in situations where viewing the games live on televsion or through live streaming isn’t possible.
Without a doubt, FIBA Livestats has helped the PBA and its D-League penetrate the growing social media market and reach out further to its millions of fans.
Created and continually being developed to date by Australian company Sporting Pulse International, Livestats is the FIBA-designated standard for statistics-gathering and database management in FIBA events and other basketball games which is currently being used in more than 200 countries.
Aside from being downloadable for free online, what has made FIBA Livestats the most popular basketball software worldwide is its being user friendly and it’s ability to broadcast real-time statistics, play-by-play and other data of basketball games online, enabling any league to have an internet presence, no matter how big or small it is.
FIBA Livestats is a key marketing tool in the ever-emerging social media not just for the PBA but for any basketball league specially if the league has sponsored teams. Not every basketball league can be read about in newspapers, dailies or tabloids but every basketball league, its teams and players, can be viewed online using FIBA Livestats - live.
There is even an option to livestream games online using FIBA Livestats.
To use FIBA Livestats, all a basketball league needs for its games are an internet connection (preferably broadband but wi-fi can do), a laptop, notebook or netbook with the FIBA Livestats software, a minimum of two statisticians and if needed, a printer to generate the game statistics for teams and media.
Your league already has an existing statistical group, or has already started? No problem, if you still don’t have the statistics of your games live online and want to do so, FIBA Livestats is readily available for you at any time or phase of your tournament.
Already have an existing website for your league but still without a livestats link? This is also not a problem as FIBA Livestats can easily be integrated with any existing website.
Sporting Pulse International can even easily create a league website for you where the results, boxscores and other statistics can be found and accessed by everyone.
Just think of how many more fans you can hook up with online for your basketball league.
Aside from the PBA and it’s D-League, another league that is already using FIBA Livestats is the FilSports Basketball Association (FBA) which recently concluded its inaugural Unity Cup tournament last June and is about to begin its second tournament next month.
The NCRAA I believe is also already using FIBA Livestats but not wholly.
Other leagues or groups which are currently using or have used FIBA Livestats in the Philippines are the Asia Pacific College Alumni Association, Danny Espiritu Cup, Basketball Referees Association of Cauayan City, BPO Classics, Next5Hoops, and the SEALP-LIBRA Basketball Association, just to name a few.
But I know there still are several basketball leagues not just the many ‘alphabet’ leagues in Metro Manila but in Visayas and Mindanao which can make good use of FIBA Livestats.
This writer is more than willing to help you implement or integrate FIBA Livestats into your existing basketball league. Hook up with me on Twitter -- @thepbaologist.