Stack Sports, Fiserv Bring Mobile Payments to Youth League Sports

January 17, 2019         By: Steven Anderson

It might surprise some to know just how much cash is involved in the everyday operation and maintenance of a youth sports league. For the most part, this need is met by parents cracking open wallets and tossing cash back and forth as needs require, as well as via paper check. That’s about to change, however, with a new partnership between Stack Sports and Fiserv, which will bring mobile payments to youth sports leagues everywhere.

Stack Sports is bringing its Digital Payments software development kit (SDK) to Fiserv’s operations, a move which will reportedly allow electronic payments to take place from within the sports organization itself.  This means the need to account for cash, or keep up with the various statuses of paper check, is out the door. The actual use of Digital Payments SDK, reportedly, will come through two separate units of Fiserv, CheckFreePay Corp. or CheckFreePay Corp of New York.

Stack Sports actually has a substantial athletic pedigree; it’s backed by the NFL’s own 32 Equity as well as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, among several other investors. Its CEO Alex Alt, meanwhile, noted “Enabling digital payments via Fiserv helps advance our mission so that officials, coaches, parents and players can focus on the game and not administrative details.”

The issue of dollars and cents in youth sports is a necessary, if unsavory, part of the whole concept. Bats and balls don’t just appear out of nowhere, nor does gas to ferry groups of young people to sporting events. It all requires cash, which means it requires accounting and a lot of other connected issues. By bringing in a mobile payments system, it makes it that much easier for those paying the bills to actually pay said bills, potentially even on game day itself. That means less hassle, a smoother experience, and a better overall outcome for everyone involved.

It’s a simple change, but one that will likely reap benefits going forward. It will at least make those who pay the bills happier, and in the end, that’s a change likely worth making.