by Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times
September 20, 2021
TRONDHEIM, NORWAY – Chicago’s Michael Jordan, six-time NBA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Basketball Hall of Famer, co-owner of the Charlotte Hornets and a NASCAR team, and the man behind the Jordan Brand.
On Monday, he was appointed as a special adviser to Sportradar’s board of directors. Jordan will also increase his investment in the sports data and technology company, according to the company. Jordan previously disclosed his investment in DraftKings.
“I invested in Sportradar years ago because I believed in the vision and passion that Carsten (Koerl) and the rest of the team had for transforming the sports technology industry . . . I am looking forward to having a formal role with the company as it begins its next chapter.” Jordan released in a statement.
Carsten Kerl, CEO of Sportradar, added: “Over the last few years, the worlds of fandom, sports betting, and media have converged, and Michael now sits at the crossroads of these industries thanks to his accomplishments on the court and in the boardroom. Michael saw the potential in our company as an early investor in Sportradar. We are thrilled to be able to draw on his entrepreneurial savvy and business acumen as we develop the next wave of solutions and offerings to increase engagement across sports.”
Sportradar has a presence in major North American sports leagues providing real-time game statistics. Sportradar was formally known as Electronic Sports League.