Verizon named to IBM’s sports and entertainment global consortium

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will join IBM’s Sports and Entertainment Global Consortium to design, build and deliver the ultimate fan experience. The consortium brings together IBM's world leading information technology and recognized leaders in such areas as, construction and design, network infrastructure, wireless and telecommunications. Collectively, consortium members already are working with more than 250 of the world’s top venues. The modern venue setting demands a sophisticated technology and wireless environment. Yet less than half of U.S. sports venues provide even basic connectivity on game days. Fewer still are equipped to meet fan expectations for wireless services to mobile devices, e-commerce and entertainment options, and delivery of data and analysis of events and athletic performance. The sports consortium offers clients an integrated capability spanning design, strategy, technology and data to drive growth and profit across all sports enterprise businesses.

“We are excited to be a major player in the IBM Sports and Entertainment Global Consortium,” said Anthony Turni, vice president of professional services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Verizon brings the in-stadium game experience to the next level by connecting hundreds of thousands of fans with exclusive video content and real-time game applications over our world-class networks. For enterprises and end-users alike, Verizon does this simply, securely and reliably.” According to A.T. Kearney, sports annually generate nearly $700 billion around the world and the market is growing faster than Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in nearly every country. As sports enterprises and venues look to digital capabilities to create deeper levels of engagement with fans and convert that engagement into new sources of revenue, they must be able to deliver high-bandwidth connectivity, with services and content increasingly customized to individual preferences. This is especially true as the live in-venue experience competes with the quality and convenience of high-definition television, mobile and social channels surrounding live events. A fully designed and realized experience moves fans from passive spectators to active participants via multiple points of engagement; and ultimately converts fans into customers of new offerings and digital services.

To read the full release visit: IBM Launches First Global Consortium, Consulting Practice To Modernize Venues and Sports Experience of the Future.