Sportradar has entered into a partnership with Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, to protect sporting integrity across the continent.
The two parties, which have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will now consider projects they can collaborate on or support each other with, including the exchange of expertise, statistical data, information and trends in relation to the integrity of sports.
“In order to try and stop match fixing, stakeholders from many different areas need to work closely together,” Europol Deputy Director Wil van Gemert said. “I look forward to our cooperation with Sportradar, and the aim is to make it more difficult for match fixers and manipulators to hide.”
“Europol have long played an active role in discussions, projects and investigations around the issue of match-fixing,” said Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl
Koerl also mentioned Europol Operation VETO involving police teams from 13 European countries identified 425 individuals suspected of fixing 380 matches across 15 countries. This operation is an indication that the agency is fully committed to stamping match fixing.
“The fact that we have today signed this agreement to share information and collaborate on projects is a huge distinction for our Security Services and our Fraud Detection System. We are in little doubt that working together, in the spirit of the Macolin Convention, we will start making further breakthroughs and will continue closing the net on those who would undermine the credibility of the sports we all love and follow,” Koerl added.
Sportradar expands its portfolio with Tennis Channel
Sportradar has also revealed that it has expanded its portfolio of partners with the addition of US pay-television broadcaster Tennis Channel.
Tennis Channel has telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open) as well as the Australian Open and many more.
Under the one-year deal, the Tennis Channel will implement Sportradar Media Service’s XML feed for tennis on its official website. The XML feed will deliver a range of data such as live scores, tournament draws, and statistics.
“We are very pleased to be in business with Sportradar,” said Tennis Channel Senior VP and head of digital Adam Ware. “Our fans expect the most up to date stats and information and having Sportradar power, that part of our TennisChannel.com experience accomplishes that goal.”