Sports Illustrated Play acquires Iowa-based Tourney Machine
Time Inc.’s SI Play, launched last July, will integrate the company’s tournament management and scheduling software
New York, NY/Ames, IA – April 20, 2016 – Sports Illustrated Play (SI Play) has acquired Iowa-based Tourney Machine, a leader in tournament management and scheduling software. Tourney Machine will provide a state-of-the-art tournament management product that is the perfect complement to SI Play’s core league and team management and in-game scoring capabilities. Together, they will provide a suite of digital and mobile league management and tournament services for clubs, organizations, leagues and governing bodies within a cutting-edge youth sports platform.
Since its 2013 debut, Tourney Machine has managed more than 780,000 games across 8,000 tournaments, including participation from 393,000 teams and 3 million players. Its software suite is used for a range of youth sports competitions, such as basketball, baseball, lacrosse, softball, soccer and volleyball. Tourney Machine and its staff will continue to be headquartered in Ames, Iowa, and will now be linked with a nationwide team of SI Play developers and management resources, including those from iScore, League Athletics and SportsSignup.
Since its July 2015 launch, SI Play has gained tremendous momentum, with over 10 million monthly active users and now has official technology partnerships with eight youth sports National Governing Bodies. The acquisition of Tourney Machine will benefit these relationships to make youth sports more fun, accessible and rewarding.
“We share a common bond with Tourney Machine in our devotion to the communities of people connected through youth sports. We’re already talking about new ideas and ways we can spotlight the great accomplishments taking place on athletic fields, as well as ways technology can make it more efficient for all of us who contend with the ever-increasing demands on our time,” said Jeff Karp, CEO of SI Play.
“We are thrilled to become part of the SI Play family. As dads and coaches ourselves, we have a common vision—that technology should be used to improve the experiences of athletes, coaches and families and that these experiences should be shared and cherished with their communities,” said Rob and Tom Lynch, co-founders of Tourney Machine, who will continue in their roles.
George Linardos, Chief Business Officer of SI Play, added, “Tournaments are an increasingly integral and common aspect of participating in youth sports, such as soccer, lacrosse, hockey, basketball and baseball, or any number of the many sports served by both Tourney Machine and SI Play. Together we will further build out the web and mobile engine that powers these tournaments to ensure that the players, families, coaches and organizers have the best and most successful tournament experiences possible.”