September 29, 2010

Little League International to Launch Licensed Scorekeeping and Live Play-by-Play Mobile Apps

Adopts Fungo Media’s “GameChanger” Mobile Technology to Generate and View Streaming Game Updates


Little League International, the world’s largest youth sports organization, announced a new licensing partnership with Fungo Media’s “GameChanger” technology to create mobile applications that allow local league parents and fans to generate and display real-time game updates and box scores. Both apps are currently in development, and will launch for the spring season.

As part of the licensing agreement, Little League will debut two new applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The first, “Little League Baseball and Softball Scorekeeper Powered by GameChanger,” lets parents and fans at the field record play-by-play action using the app’s simple drag-and-drop interface. The second app, "Little League Live Powered by GameChanger,” streams live play-by-play updates generated by the user, so fans anywhere in the world can follow the action.

“Little League International is strongly committed to adopting new technologies that will enhance the Little League experience,” said Steve Keener, President and CEO of Little League International. “By adopting GameChanger’s mobile technology, we’re raising the bar once again to enhance the game experience and create greater engagement for parents and fans.

“We’re bringing technology to Little League that, until recently, was reserved strictly for big leaguers,” said Ted Sullivan, CEO of Fungo Media. “This partnership marks an important shift in the way youth baseball teams manage their data, where fans anywhere can keep up with the action just by using their phones. Just ask any mom or dad -- the live updates are priceless.”

The Scorekeeper app will be free to download and use, while the live viewer app will be paid. Both apps were created in partnership with FunMobility, a Mobile Entertainment and Content Community.

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Little League International

“...adopting GameChanger’s mobile technology, we’re raising the bar once again to enhance the game experience and create greater engagement for parents and fans.”

—Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball


Little League International

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries. The Little League organization is a Federal Incorporation granted under a Bill signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, and amended December 24, 1974, to reflect the admission of girls—it is the only youth sports program so honored.

FUNGO MEDIA

Fungo Media is committed to finding new ways to generate and distribute content in a digital age. Its launch product, GameChanger, is a mobile and web tool that delivers real-time local amateur baseball and softball game updates to the web. The company was founded in 2009 in New York City. Learn more at: GameChanger.

FUNMOBILITY

Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, FunMobility delivers a unique, integrated mobile entertainment experience through best-in-class mobile multimedia applications that enable consumers to connect and express themselves through mobile photos, videos, music, graphics and slideshows. FunMobility distributes their applications through every North American carrier as well as direct to consumers through FunMo.com. FunMobility builds America’s largest mobile content community through some of the wireless industry's most popular applications. Learn more at FunMobility.

GameChanger


Official Scoring Team

We encourage any user to create a GameChanger team and utilize our scorekeeping and stat management tools. As a result of this open platform, there may be several versions of the same team.

GameChanger is beta testing solutions to establish authenticity of teams so fans can easily trust that the teams they follow will provide consistent game data.

Official GameChanger teams will be marked with an official tag in search results and on team home pages.

GameChanger reserves the right to contact a team's head coach to confirm that it is an official team.