Randy Eccker is one of the most well respected digital and sports media professionals in the industry. Eccker has spent the past 25 years involved in sports technology and media, working with and helping to launch three different companies, Sports-Tech International, Avid Sports and XOS Digital. Recently, Eccker, along with industry veteran John Libro, launched a new data driven, social/digital media company, S3i Digital.
Prior to starting S3i, Eccker “co-founded” XOS in 2000, joining the company when IT consisted of three employees and three clients, and was the driving force for their year over year growth, developing a dominant digital analytics and media company in the sports market. By 2007, XOS held an 80+% market share in the coaching analytics business for Football, Basketball and Hockey at the Professional and Division I college levels. As XOS grew it’s coaching analytics business, in 2002 Eccker led the acquisition of New Media Networks, a start-up with a comprehensive Internet platform technology, as a complement to the analytics business. This became the XOS Network division, which grew to 180 clients by 2007 when the “Network” business was sold to Jump TV (which was later acquired by NeuLion).
After the sale of XOS’ Network business, Eccker, then CEO, took advantage of the evolving rights environment in collegiate athletics and restructured the company. Through the acquisition of Collegiate Images, and some innovative technology development, XOS created a technology and rights based Internet Broadcast division. This division developed new concepts and technologies for the market such as the SEC Digital Network, Pac-12 Digital Network, the Big East Digital Networks, the XOS Syndicated Network, XOS-Xchange and the XOS Vault (a digital asset management platform geared for the sports market).
Prior to co-founding XOS, and in addition to the Senior Management consulting work Eccker did with Avid Sports, he also co-hosted a sports talk radio show, provided color commentary for numerous regional basketball broadcasts, and as the President of Eccker Enterprises, provided strategic and financial consulting for such companies as The National Information Consortium (Nasdaq: egov), D2 (D Square) Communications, and Bird Dog Solutions, among others. Eccker has also been involved with the operational side of sports as the Director of Operations for the Omaha Racers in 1990-91 and as a collegiate basketball coach from 1978-1987 including stops at Creighton, Northern Iowa, Colorado and Northern Illinois.