Czech Football renews Data and Integrity Partnership with Sportradar
The Czech Republic’s FA (FACR) today decided to extend its existing uniquely-integrated data and integrity partnership with Sportradar for a further four years, taking the relationship on until the summer of 2019.
Under the agreement signed today, Sportradar’s market-leading Fraud Detection System will monitor all the senior and U21s men’s and women’s national team fixtures, all the U19s league matches, the women’s first league as well as the country’s knock out cup, the Pohar FACR. This will mean that over 450 betting operator’s odds movements will be scrutinised and analysed across 595 matches each year.
The other part of the agreement will see the company operating as the federation’s exclusive data partner, providing fast and accurate data from those same 595 matches to the betting industry. The extension will also allow the two parties to discuss and explore innovative content solutions.
Speaking about the partnership, FACR President Miroslav Pelta said: “Since 2012, Sportradar have proved to be a valuable and innovative partner, offering a range of opportunities that enable us to engage with our fans at home and abroad, as well as providing the system that keeps our football clean and honest. Their strength in the areas of data solutions as well as integrity solutions means that they provide a truly integrated and valuable service. When the time came around to renew this year, there was no doubt who we were going to sign with and we were happy to extend our original three year deal with a new four year one!”
Andreas Krannich, the Managing Director for Integrity at Sportradar, added: “It is always encouraging when a European country sees the good work we do with UEFA and decides to extend their coverage to cover other key competitions and matches played by their nationals. The Czechs have been great partners to work with – always engaged and always committed. The data partnership that they have also renewed will continue to see Czech football offered at the leading betting operators around the world as our Rights Holder Solutions team continue to grow their offering. Topping Group A in the qualifications for UEFA’s EURO 2016 clearly underline the good work the FACR is doing, so we look forward to another four years of development and collaboration alongside them.”
For more information about FACR, please visit: www.fotbal.cz
NZ Rugby teams up with fraud detection specialists Sportradar
New Zealand Rugby is using cutting edge technology and expert analysis to help detect match fixing across all Test, Investec Super Rugby and ITM Cup matches.
The Fraud Detection System developed by match-fixing detection specialists Sportradar will be employed across matches over the next two years.
The system analyses irregular betting patterns and movements across 450 betting operators worldwide, providing full reports on any suspicious matches within hours of the final whistle. It’s the same technology already used by the Australian Rugby Union, the RFU and Six Nations Rugby.
New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby Neil Sorensen said while there was no evidence match fixing was a problem in New Zealand, there was no room for complacency.
“We want rugby to remain clean and this technology underlines our determination to ensure it stays that way. We’ve seen examples of match fixing in other codes overseas so we need to take steps to ensure we remain vigilant to the possibility here.
“Sportradar’s system has been shown be effective, efficient and trusted. We are glad that they are standing alongside us as we work to protect the values of New Zealand Rugby.”
Sportradar’s Managing Director Integrity and Strategy, Andreas Krannich, said: “New Zealand’s passion for rugby union is unparalleled anywhere in the world, so we take our responsibility to reinforce that passion incredibly seriously. Our expert Security Services Team will help ensure that all matches are played in the spirit of uncompromised intensity that we have grown to admire as rugby fans around the world.”
More resources to safeguard rugby’s reputation
Neil Sorensen said the use of this technology was part of a much broader approach by New Zealand Rugby to safeguard the integrity of the game.
“We are committing significant resources to manage threats to the game, whether it be match fixing, abuse of drugs, supplements and alcohol or other issues.
“We have recently employed an Integrity Manager and an Education Manager who are working to develop the policies, practices and education we need to help us uphold the reputation of the game.
“We are determined to ensure all those involved in rugby understand the risks and that we as an organisation do all we can to keep the game a fair contest.”
For more information about NZ Rugby, please visit: www.nzrugby.co.nz
AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Integrity Action Plan Successfully Implemented
The extensive integrity action plan and key stakeholder collaboration implemented to combat the threat of match-fixing during the AFC Asian Cup 2015 was highly successful, with no evidence of match-manipulation uncovered at the tournament. The planning and cooperation between the AFC and its key partners, including the Australian Government and law enforcement authorities, Football Federation Australia, the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee and betting monitoring service provider Sportradar, was pivotal in proactively upholding the integrity of the tournament.
AFC General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay said: “It is extremely encouraging to see that the detailed integrity planning and collaboration for our premier tournament, the AFC Asian Cup, was a success. This would not have been possible without the support and focused efforts of each stakeholder and in particular Australian law enforcement and Sportradar, who worked hand-in hand with AFC’s Integrity Unit throughout the tournament.”
“The effective implementation of this action plan could be a blue-print for other Asian sporting events and sports governing bodies. Continued efforts will be made to ensure a similar outcome for future AFC competitions. Upholding the integrity of all our competitions remains a key priority for AFC.”
Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop said: "FFA takes the issue of match-fixing very seriously and as part of its integrity strategy has been working closely with law enforcement and Sportradar over recent years.
“FFA welcomed the AFC’s proactive approach which demonstrates that planning, information exchange and cooperation among all stakeholders are critical to combating match-fixing. The Asian Cup overall was a great success for football in Australia and the Asian region with record crowds and TV audiences. The integrity of such major tournaments is integral to the popularity and growth of football."
Sportradar Managing Director Strategy and Integrity Andreas Krannich said: “Sportradar highly commends the pro-activeness and levels of integrity planning and cooperation shown by the AFC, FFA and law enforcement authorities in Australia for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
"We are proud to have played a key role in upholding the integrity of such a successful event and the Integrity Action Plan implemented for the tournament shows the effectiveness and importance of sports rights-holders, law enforcement authorities and credible betting monitoring service providers such as Sportradar working closely together to combat the threat of match-fixing.”
The AFC Integrity Action Plan for the tournament was made up of several core elements, including awareness-raising and training of players, team officials and match officials before the event and detailed and technologically advanced monitoring of global betting markets through Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System. Other key components of the strategy were suspicious-activity reporting through AFC’s confidential reporting mechanism and utilisation of the Australian Crime Stoppers program. In addition, collaborative incident response procedures between AFC and the Australian law enforcement authorities were established and tested, with unprecedented levels of cooperation and mutual support.
Police and Prosecutors Embark on Sportradar Training
Recognising and endorsing the increased involvement of law enforcement agencies and police forces in the battle against match-fixing, last week, the Sportradar Security Services rolled out its “Law Enforcement Training” all day module to four different groups of police and public prosecutors from across Europe.
The launch of this addition to Sportradar’s list of services will provide public and police authorities with a new opportunity to drill down into the global betting markets and operators, the history and evolution of match-fixing, the key challenges today and going forward, as well as the power and workings of Sportradar’s own Fraud Detection System.
Betting fraud-driven match-fixing is a relatively new phenomenon, especially in the form that it takes on today. Numerous countries want to get ahead of the problem and ensure that they are well placed to either prevent the problem in the first place, or efficiently and effectively investigate and prosecute fixers should they start operating in their jurisdiction. But equally, some law enforcement agencies, police forces and public prosecutors are asked to work on or oversee this area, without the requisite level of understanding and expertise.
Sportradar have now developed a module that provides those stakeholders with everything they need to spot concerns, understand dangers and act swiftly to resolve incidents.
On completing the module, one official of the Criminal Intelligence Service Austria said: “We are experts in combating international organised crime and especially match fixing cases. But until recently, we did not have a really clear picture about the international modern sports betting market and its special characteristics. For such issues Sportradar is well experienced and has an outstanding reputation. Therefore this law enforcement training module was quite interesting and useful for our future work”.
Sportradar’s Managing Director Integrity and Strategy Andreas Krannich had this to say: “Match-fixing is an issue for sport and an issue for society. Those are not ‘either-or’ statements. They are fact. Organised crime has taken a keen interest in executing fixes and they show no signs of letting up. Today, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are being asked to get to grips with this issue and all its intricacies… and fast. We are glad that our years in and around this space place us in a unique position to be the go-to organisation for clarity, guidance, insight and support. It is encouraging to see that in the wake of the Council of Europe Convention, public authorities are coming forward and looking to take on more responsibility. We look forward to working with more police forces, more law enforcement agencies and more public prosecutors’ offices in the coming year and beyond.”
NASCAR® Partners With SportsData To Distribute Live Timing & Scoring Data
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2015) – NASCAR this week announced a partnership with sports content provider SportsData, the U.S. subsidiary of global market leader Sportradar, to distribute its live timing and scoring data to third-party digital outlets.
SportsData, which has a customer base that includes Google®, Facebook®, Twitter® and Bleacher Report, will be the first content provider to go to market with data from the NASCAR timing and scoring feed for an entire race weekend.
The real-time data will be available for all three national series (NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM, NASCAR XFINITY SeriesTM and NASCAR Camping World Truck SeriesTM) and allow digital outlets to develop enhanced NASCAR digital products, such as:
- Live race leaderboard, including driver position, caution data, lap number and more
- Practice and qualifying leaderboards
- Official post-race race results
- Official post-race points standings
- Weekly entry lists
“Real-time data is imperative to today’s sports fan,” said Colin Smith, NASCAR Vice President, Digital Media. “While we will continue to offer live timing and scoring and other data sets on NASCAR.com, this partnership with SportsData will extend NASCAR’s reach and allow an array of digital platforms to service sports fans more accurately and completely.”
“Sports fans crave results in real time, and this partnership will help place NASCAR’s highly sought-after data into the larger marketplace,” said Rob Phythian, Chief Executive Officer of SportsData. “Our partnership with NASCAR helps deliver on SportsData’s mission of being the premier distributor of sports content, and will help expand NASCAR’s already impressive reach.”
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com
Founded in 2010, SportsData is the fastest-growing sports data provider in the U.S. With a veteran technology team and over 200 data entry analysts, SportsData captures live play-by-play, scoring, and statistical data, and delivers it in real-time to a wide range of companies in the media, technology, and sports industries for use in web, mobile, and second screen applications. As a subsidiary of Sportradar, the leading, worldwide premium partner for the sports betting and media industry, SportsData provides sports coverage for 40+ sports, 800+ leagues, and 200,000+ annual events.