Play-on-demand offering boosted with creation of EuroLeague Instant Legends product that features 10 years’ highlights footage
LONDON, UK – 2nd February, 2021 — IMG ARENA, a leading sports betting service and content hub, has expanded its long-standing partnership with EuroLeague Basketball with the launch of EuroLeague Instant Legends, an innovative new product line.
EuroLeague Instant Legends uses official vintage footage from top players over the past 10 years to create instant betting events via randomly grouped clips. The product has been created by Leap Gaming*.
EuroLeague Basketball, which has been an IMG ARENA partner since 2015, is the organiser of Europe’s premier professional basketball competition, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, and also runs the 7DAYS EuroCup.
Freddie Longe, Managing Director at IMG ARENA, said: “We are extremely proud of our partnership with EuroLeague Basketball. There can be no doubt that they organise one of the world’s leading basketball leagues and we are delighted to be extending our relationship further with the launch of this exciting new product vertical.”
He added: “When we invested in Leap Gaming, our vision was to create official products and unlock new revenue streams and forms of fan engagement for our clients. In EuroLeague Instant Legends we believe we have developed a successful new concept for our always-on content portfolio.”
Roser Queralto, Chief Business Officer at EuroLeague Basketball, said: “IMG ARENA has been a key partner for the EuroLeague, and we are thrilled to have teamed up to create EuroLeague Instant Legends. The game is an untapped and creative application of our archive broadcast rights and we look forward to presenting this to basketball and wider sports fans through IMG ARENA’s sportsbook partners.”
Headquartered in London, IMG ARENA works with more than 460 leading sportsbook operators worldwide, providing always-on services including 24/7 live streaming and on-demand virtual sports products designed to evolve and inspire engagement by placing fans at the heart of the action. In 2020, more than 210 million hours of IMG ARENA content was watched by 69 million unique viewers around the globe. IMG ARENA’s clients include the ATP, UFC, the European and PGA Golf Tours, the FA Cup and Serie A.
*IMG ARENA has been an investor in Leap Gaming since 2018. The two companies have a shared vision of developing official virtual content for federations and leagues such as EuroLeague.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.
About Euroleague Basketball
Euroleague Basketball (EB) is a global leader in the sports and entertainment business, devoted to running the top European competitions of professional basketball clubs under a unique and innovative organizational model. Owned and administered by some of the most successful and historic clubs in the world, EB manages and organizes the continent’s two premier men’s basketball competitions, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the 7DAYS EuroCup, as well as the sport’s premier under-18 showcase, the EB Adidas Next Generation Tournament.
The EB competitions bring the elite of European basketball to all five continents and to the entire sports community through the OTT platform EuroLeague TV. EB also organizes a series of community and educational programs. Its ground-breaking corporate social responsibility program One Team features all EB clubs that have already made a difference in the lives of over 22,000 participants. Its Sports Business MBA trains future professionals in sports management.