In a two-year deal signed at the start of the 2017 season, the Rugby Football League has put in place an Integrity Partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services to monitor global betting patterns in the sport.
Under the deal, Sportradar’s renowned Fraud Detection System will monitor over 200 Rugby League matches, including all Betfred Super League games, Ladbrokes Challenge Cup games as well as the Dacia World Club Series.
To complement this service, Sportradar Integrity Services will also deliver bespoke integrity workshops to club representatives and Rugby Football League match officials.
In parallel, the Rugby Football League have finalized an official data partnership with Sportradar which will ensure that data from Rugby Football League competitions is made available to a range of businesses and platforms.
Rugby Football League Director of Operations and Legal Karen Moorhouse outlined her thoughts on the partnership: “At the Rugby Football League we take the integrity of the game very seriously. It is important that everyone within Rugby League, but also those outside our immediate reach, are in no doubt about our commitment to an honest and credible sport. Our partnership with Sportradar underpins our message and magnifies it. We are looking forward to working with them over the coming years.”
Sportradar’s Managing Director for Integrity Services added: “It seems that 2017, as young a year as it is, is already showing itself to be a year of unmatched commitment to the sporting integrity cause. Following the recent CAS decision and our FIFA Partnership, this alliance with the Rugby Football League is incredibly encouraging and shows that the sporting world continues to have sports and individuals who are unwavering in their commitment to competition that generates emotion and can be free of doubt.”
Underpinning this message is the fact that the Rugby Football League has also signed up to the Sport Betting Integrity Forum’s 2017 Action Plan. The 2017 updated edition builds on last year’s progress, continuing the collaborative approach across sport, betting operators, law enforcement and government to prevent, protect against and deter sports betting-related corruption. The full action plan can viewed here.
The Rugby Football League (RFL) – the national governing body for Rugby League in the UK. The team is committed to developing and growing Rugby League at all levels.
The RFL administers the England Rugby League team, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, Betfred Super League and the Kingstone Press Rugby League Championship and League 1 and also supports and administers the grassroots game.
The team, based in Salford, Leeds and London is focused on excellence in coaching and development and helping more players start, stay and succeed in the nation’s most exciting summer sport.
The RFL works in partnership with leagues, clubs and Rugby League Foundations to offer new ways to play, from Play Touch Rugby League to Wheelchair RL. Together, the sport is working hard to inspire and develop the next generation of young players and fans.
To learn more about the RFL, please visit the official web site at www.rugby-league.com
Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world.
The company’s Integrity Services operation provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations across 13 sports, including FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, World Rugby, NHL and NBA. This unique system allows the Integrity Services team to monitor betting behaviour and patterns worldwide and to identify suspicious activities. Those findings prove invaluable for sports federations and law enforcement agencies that are looking to pinpoint match-fixers. The Integrity Services also include the Fraud Prevention Service (FPS) through which Sportradar offers education tools and services that have been delivered to leagues and clubs around the world. These have been show to increase awareness of illegal betting and match-fixing among those involved in sport.
More than 800 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar’s data depth and quality services in their daily business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other cities and employs over 1,750 highly experienced staff worldwide.
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