Sportradar secures Six Nations Rugby monitoring deal
Sports and betting-related data company Sportradar has entered into a partnership with Six Nations Rugby Limited, operator of the Six Nations rugby union national team tournament.
The deal will run for three years, from the 2015 tournament, which began last week, until the 2017 competition.
Under the agreement, Sportradar will employ its Fraud Detection system (FDS) to monitor the global betting patterns and movements across regulated and unregulated markets for all matches of the Six Nations.
The deal will cover each edition of the senior men’s, women’s and under-20s Six Nations tournaments during the next three years – a total of 135 matches.
In addition, Sportradar will deliver a number of fraud preventions service workshops to representatives from each participating nation.
“To date, rugby, particularly international rugby, has thankfully stayed clear of match fixing and match manipulation,” Six Nations Rugby tournament and operations director Jon Davis said.
“But we would be naïve to discount the risk altogether, so, in order to head off the possibility, the Six Nations in consultation with the six Unions decided that the Sportradar service would send a clear message.
“We hope to hear very little, if at all, from Sportradar in the coming years; but if we do, supporters and stakeholders of the Six Nations can rest assured that we will act quickly and with conviction.”
Andreas Krannich, managing director for integrity at Sportradar, added: “The Six Nations have decided to double-down their defences by pairing our FDS, which monitors 450 betting operators worldwide, with our educational workshops, which have been delivered to football and rugby rights holders across Europe and beyond.
“Education is such a key component of this service and we are excited to arm key participants with the awareness and understanding of the issue and how it can affect them.”
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