New partnership with the College Football Playoff to transform online accreditation

Published March 28, 2019 | Category: Accreditation

FORT LEE, NJ – (Thursday, March 28, 2019) — A new partnership between the College Football Playoff (CFP) and Sports Systems, the industry leader in online accreditation for collegiate and professional organizations, will provide a new standard for collecting and managing data for premier events.

Sports Systems has been a key partner with the playoff since its inception in 2015. In its enhanced role as the official credential data collection provider of the CFP, it will provide online systems to manage operations, team lists and hotel data collection in addition to the entire media suite (accreditation, mobile app, check-in tool) it currently provides.

“Sports Systems has been a trusted associate for media operations at bowl games and the CFP for many years,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “We have appreciated the data-collection system, coupled with the ability to translate that information to life.  Security is important to us—and to Sports Systems.

“Back in my days on the NCAA staff 20 years ago, Sports Systems was revolutionary in taking a process that had been done by mail and converting it to a sleek digital system. Now, along with a seamless online application process, our guests have access to a comprehensive app to enhance the experience.”

The new and elevated online services and data management for the CFP will become the model for any premier events, leagues or organizations to make the credential process more efficient, which means staff time and cost savings and a better experience for event organizers and those requesting access.

“We’ve enjoyed our relationship with the College Football Playoff and are elated to expand it to provide them with an even broader array of online solutions,” said Francie Gottsegen, chief executive officer of Sports Systems. “We’re honored to be a partner of the CFP and look forward to helping them further simplify the complexity around managing their events, and incorporating this as a model for other large-scale events.”

Sports Systems is at the forefront of online accreditation for its unique combination of expertise in technology and data management, staff experience in the sports industry, and superior customer service.

In the college sector, in addition to the CFP, Sports Systems provides its suite of services – media, operations, guests, tickets, registration – for all NCAA Championships, 36 college bowl games, 25 college conferences, neutral-site basketball tournaments and football games, and more than 50 colleges and universities.

“We are thrilled to enhance our partnership with the College Football Playoff,” said Brian Binette, vice president of accreditation solutions for Sports Systems. “We have worked hand-in-hand with bowls since 2004 and have provided media accreditation for more than a decade for college football national championship games (BCS/CFP) and the NCAA Final Four®. As we have evolved, our commitment to exemplary service and support has strengthened, and we look forward to making the process simpler and more efficient across the board for the CFP’s teams, vendors and media.”

About Sports Systems
Sports Systems works with more than 3,000 events annually to provide custom online solutions that streamline event information gathering and data management for sports marketing agencies and corporate sponsors of the world’s most prestigious teams, leagues, and events including the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl, MLS and F1. Based in Fort Lee, N.J., and founded in 1986, Sports Systems has been a fixture in the college industry for more than 25 years, evolving into today’s full-suite sports data management system that simplifies the lives of teams, leagues and events throughout the world. Remaining true to its core, Sports Systems is focused on two things: creating solutions to common inefficiencies in the sports world through new technologies and making our existing technology robust, scalable, and customizable. Visit for more information.

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