We love Lincoln, Nebraska. It’s where Hudl was born and where we hope to continue growing for years to come. Not to mention it’s right in the middle of the United States, which is great when you’re a company working with teams from two of the nation’s most popular sports – football and basketball. Soccer and rugby, on the other hand, can be tricky. So, we recently acquired Replay Analysis, a London-based company used by some of the sports’ biggest names.
Our CEO, David Graff, said it best: “Long term, we want to capture and bring value to every moment in sports around the globe. We’ve long been aware of the popularity in soccer and rugby in Europe, and have a continuing interest in aligning with strategic talent that helps us establish a base to grow in this region and elsewhere in the world.”
Their list of users isn’t long, but the Replay Analysis team has done a great job of landing the top brands in their areas of expertise. Working with existing customers like Everton FC, Manchester City FC, and the English FA will be huge in helping us develop a world-class solution – a lot like our current relationships with NFL, NHL, and college teams across the U.S.
Even more exciting is the opportunity to work with three Replay Analysis team members in building these soccer and rugby products. Two product team members and one business development guru are already on board. One guy used to work for the top rugby club and all three are passionate about both sports, having grown up surrounded by Europe’s club structure.
“We are very excited to become part of Hudl and see this as a really positive move for current Replay Analysis customers,” said Sam Lloyd, Global Development - Western Europe for Hudl. “The combination of the two companies will provide a unique and powerful product set for professional sports organizations that will be unmatched in the industry.”
But what does it all mean for current Hudl customers?
We now have a team 100% focused on building customized solutions for soccer and rugby (a lot like the team behind our new basketball product).
Every team in Europe - regardless of sport - can get fired up about a Hudl office in the heart of London, allowing us to better serve your needs moving forward.
And of course, more teams using Hudl around the world means more opportunities for seamless exchange and amazing enhancements for even better tools as we incorporate feedback from Replay Analysis and their customers.
“We see the Hudl acquisition as a key moment for the video analysis landscape. We can now develop the platform faster and continue providing first-class support for all of our customers.” Sam’s excited. We’re excited. Hopefully, coaches are excited, too.