Euroleague signs integrity deal with SportIM

Euroleague signs integrity deal with SportIM

Friday, September 25, 2015
Basketball will focus on player education and betting market analysis

Euroleague Basketball believes it can reduce the possibility of match fixing thanks to a new long-term integrity partnership with Sport Integrity Monitor (SportIM).

The integrity solutions provider will assist the basketball body in setting up educational workshops and offer its comprehensive monitoring of global markets to reduce the threat of suspicious betting in Euroleague, Eurocup and Euroleague Basketball U18 Tournament games from the 2015-16 season onwards.

As part of the deal, Euroleague Basketball will benefit from access to SportIM’s “state-of-the-art” basketball monitoring system and experienced team of integrity analysts and education specialists.

“Thanks to reaching agreements with innovative organisations such as Sport Integrity Monitor, we are able to use their expertise and state-of-the-art technology in order to help protect the integrity of our sport,” Eduard Scott, chief operating officer of Euroleague Basketball.

“We look forward to the two-fold approach, utilising SportIM’s pioneering basketball monitoring system as well as co-organising educational workshops for all of the relevant participants and stakeholders in our competitions.

“We are confident that this relationship will minimise the threat of match and spot fixing whilst ensuring that all Euroleague Basketball games can withstand the strictest scrutiny.”

The SportIM system has exclusive access to live game data from over 35,000 basketball events per year, more than a decade’s worth of historic basketball data and live and historic odds from the global betting market. It processes and monitors these datasets and its sophisticated algorithms identify anomalies in real time.

Mark Locke, chief executive of SportIM, said: “We are pleased that Euroleague Basketball has taken a proactive approach to managing integrity and are implementing measures to prevent match fixing and corruption. Sadly, many sports governing bodies act reactively once issues occur and the damage is often done at this point.

“We have made significant investment in our unique basketball integrity system and we are excited to launch it in partnership with an organisation as committed to sports integrity as Euroleague Basketball.”

 

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