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Sun Microsystems, NHL Agreement Scores Win for Tens of Millions of Hockey Fans Worldwide
Sun Microsystems, NHL Agreement Scores Win for Tens of Millions of Hockey Fans Worldwide

(New York) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Sun Microsystems, Inc., announced details of an exclusive agreement that makes Sun the official technology partner of the NHL and NHL Players’ Association. The technology and marketing agreement touches all areas of the NHL’s business and enhances the online fan experience for the 8 million visitors per month to NHL.com, one of the most trafficked sports Web sites in the world, as well as NHL team Web sites.

The relationship will enable the League to extend its brand and grow its fan base while driving revenue by streamlining communications and business processes. The partnership will expand the NHL’s Web site audience to new users through the delivery of real-time game data and scores to wireless devices and interactive TV users. The NHL’s tech-savvy fan base ranks first among professional sports leagues in use of the Internet, broadband access, PC ownership, and buying power on the Internet.

Additionally, the NHL’s business processes will be greatly enhanced by the new ability to communicate and conduct business more securely online with its 30 club members regarding contract information, transactions, scheduling, waivers, scouting reports, and statistics.

The solution from Sun will leverage the success of NHL.com by building its online presence for the NHL’s tens of millions of fans worldwide. It’s expected to improve the online fan experience via instantaneous access to real-time statistical coverage of more than 1,200 games, historical data, merchandising, and video highlights. With more than 30 percent of the League's players coming from outside North America, the League’s global fan base relies on the NHL.com Network for information on favorite players and teams.

“Besides its brand, one of the NHL's most important assets is its data,” said Scott McNealy, chairman and chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Sun's open end-to-end technology infrastructure will enable the NHL to derive the maximum revenue benefits from its wealth of detailed operational data and statistics.”

The planned projects start by building out a platform leveraging the iPlanet Portal Server to aggregate content and present information in a personalized and customizable interface to both internal NHL users as well as fans. In addition, Sun will help the NHL rewrite its Real Time Scoring System (RTSS) using Java technology, enabling real-time game data to be fed into other applications such as alerts, fantasy leagues, games, and in-arena kiosks.

As the official technology provider for the NHL, Sun will offer the entire Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software portfolio for services on demand, specifically the Solaris 8 Operating Environment, the iPlanet Portal Server, iPlanet Portal Server: Mobile Access Pack, iPlanet Application Server, iPlanet Web Server, iPlanet Directory Server, and iPlanet Messaging Server. The implementation is planned on a wide range of Sun's hardware and storage systems, including Sun Fire 4800, Sun Fire V880, and Sun Fire 280R servers, Sun Ray 150 thin clients, Sun StorEdge storage products, and Java Card APIs. The entire site platform infrastructure will be architected by Sun professional services with the NHL.

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using Java technology, enabling real-time game data to be fed into other applications such as alerts, fantasy leagues, games, and in-arena kiosks.

As the official technology provider for the NHL, Sun will offer the entire Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software portfolio for services on demand, specifically the Solaris 8 Operating Environment, the iPlanet Portal Server, iPlanet Portal Server: Mobile Access Pack, iPlanet Application Server, iPlanet Web Server, iPlanet Directory Server, and iPlanet Messaging Server. The implementation is planned on a wide range of Sun's hardware and storage systems, including Sun Fire 4800, Sun Fire V880, and Sun Fire 280R servers, Sun Ray 150 thin clients, Sun StorEdge storage products, and Java Card APIs. The entire site platform infrastructure will be architected by Sun professional services with the NHL.




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