The Australian Rugby Union is beefing up its security services to curb match-fixing in the sport. One big way of doing that was its recent announcement that it had struck a three-year integrity deal with Sportradar, one of the industry’s premier sports data and security services.
As part of the agreement between the two companies, Sportradar will make use of its Fraud Detection System (FDS) to monitor Super Rugby matches involving Australian teams and international test matches held in Australia. The objective is to determine whether certain fixtures have been compromised and are showing signs of any betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity.
According to Sportradar, its got the technology to pull it off as its FDS system is supposedly more than capable of tracking betting odds movements across a wide range of betting operators around the world, and do all of it in real time.
That should bode well for a league like the ARU and its CEO Bill Pulver, who has made it a point to cleanse the sport of any sort of match-fixing. “Integrity is one of Rugby’s core values and we want to ensure our sport operates in a way that aligns with our values,” Pulver said in a statement announcing the agreement.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with Sportsradar to use their expertise in addition to our existing integrity policies.”
It goes without saying that Sportradar has a track record that spans a decade in the industry, having been in the forefront of sports monitoring since 2004, all while using tried-and-tested features like comprehensive betting database; a scientific alerting system; a fraud scoring database of individuals; and enormous professional analytical experience. among other things.
“We are delighted to sign this agreement with Australian Rugby and further strengthen our commitment to support Australian sports in countering betting-related corruption,” Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl added.