Industry-Leading Sports Technology and Media Rights Company To Boast Best-In-Class, End-To-End Capability In Virtual Advertising

TGI Sport, the global leader in sports technology and media rights, announced an agreement to acquire Supponor, the leading live media virtual advertising specialist, with proprietary technologies and software that delivers virtual ads across thousands of live sports broadcasts worldwide. It will join an impressive portfolio of capabilities to round out a best-in-class virtual ad tech practice with incomparable capabilities in a rapidly growing sector. The deal is scheduled to close mid-summer and is the latest in a series of moves that have transformed the company.

Since 2019, TGI Sport has been a Supponor minority shareholder, collaborating on several projects with the 24-year-old company. Supponor will operate within TGI Sport’s technology division, adding its complementary capabilities to other recent TGI Sport acquisitions including virtual advertising company Brand Brigade and media rights and production companies ISG and Sportseen. Supponor’s AIR technology and experienced AI tech developers further bolsters TGI Sport’s Virtual Tech offering, whilst Supponor’s commercial and R&D teams add to the business’ leadership in tech development. Importantly, TGI can bring to the market a fully integrated model to create unparalleled monetisation opportunities for this newly combined and incomparable client network. TGI Sport is backed by Bruin Capital and Quadrant Private Equity.

Since 2020, the NBA, MLB, Formula 1, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, MLS, dozens of regional sports networks, and several others have begun using virtual ads in live broadcasts. In 2023, Supponor was named one of Sports Business Journal’s Most Innovative Sports Tech Companies – primarily for its work leading the NHL’s league-wide adoption of virtual advertising. Overall, TGI Sport’s tech and software will support virtual advertising integrated into more than 4000 live sports productions this year. Its clients include NHL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1. TGI is also working with MLS on its exclusive Apple multifaceted partnership.

“We are delighted to welcome Supponor fully into the TGI Sport group,”

Said TGI Sport CEO Martin Jolly

“With this latest acquisition, we are establishing the industry’s best practice in a growth sector with tremendous momentum. We are also positioning TGI Sport to capitalise on all the new opportunities built around AI and, in doing so, maintaining our standing as the leader of live sports technology development and media rights sales well into the future. Combining our collective resources with their incredible potential is very exciting for all of us.”

“We are thrilled with the outcome of this transaction,”

Said Sir Martin Broughton, Chairman of Supponor

“The company began as Virtual Advertising Solutions (VAS) in 2001 and has for more than two decades built a robust and innovative company that in 2021 launched Supponor AIR®, an AI-driven by machine learning solution to virtual advertising in live sport. The decision by TGI Sport to fully acquire Supponor validates the hard work of our entire team and underscores their confidence in the long-term vision and potential of Supponor. We are confident that TGI Sport will continue to drive the company forward with the same commitment to excellence and innovation that has been our hallmark.”

Advising TGI Sport on the transaction were:  Simpson Thacher, PwC, and Axis Arbor. Supponor was advised by Hogan Lovells, Grant Thornton, and BDO.

About TGI Sport

Launched in 1997, TGI Sport is the industry-leading sports technology company backed by Investors Bruin Capital and Quadrant Private Equity. Trusted by more than 150 clients, including the world’s premium sporting organizations, TGI Sport is an end-to-end service provider focused on five key pillars: technology, media rights, live production, content creation, and talent management. With global headquarters in Melbourne, TGI Sport operates in 50 countries, with nearly 400 employees providing services to over 3,500 events annually for many of the world’s largest rights holders. For more information visit

About Supponor

Supponor has been the market leader in the virtual advertising industry for the past decade, proven in live broadcast environments in thousands of top-tier sports events worldwide. Supponor AIR®, launched in 2021, is a fully software-based technology platform that relies on leading-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) approaches to deliver authentic virtual placement or replacement advertising into live sport. Supponor’s virtual advertising solutions have been trusted by rights holders at thousands of top-tier events in sports and leagues across football, hockey, motorsport, basketball, rugby, and a host of other top sports. Supponor is headquartered in London and has its core R&D base in Helsinki, with regional offices in Barcelona, Milan, Cologne, Sophia Antipolis, New York, Toronto, and Sydney.

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