Opta Sports Data has developed a database of sporting statistics that is used by the media, sports teams, betting companies and football scouts. Its platform collects and distributes information on about 60,000 fixtures a year, covering 30 different sports in 70 countries. Customers include News International, Yahoo and Chelsea and Arsenal football clubs. The London company was bought from Sky by the current management team in 2003, and in 2008 the private equity house Albion Ventures invested £1.5m. Under chief executive Aidan Cooney, sales grew 40% a year from £2.3m in 2006 to £6.5m in 2009.
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