Sportradar extends partnership with Major League Soccer

Sportradar Security Services has today announced the extension of its partnership with Major League Soccer, the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States. Under the extension, Sportradar Security Services’ Fraud Detection System (FDS) will monitor the global betting market on hundreds of soccer matches in each of 2015 and 2016. In addition, Sportradar Security Services will be providing an Integrity Workshop for all MLS match officials.

MLS first signed a partnership with Sportradar Security Services at the start of 2013 and the extension signed today will see the company’s FDS process betting patterns and movements on both the regulated and unregulated markets across a whole range of matches and competitions. The partnership will cover over 400 games played on US soil in each of the two years of the partnership extension.

As well as engaging the FDS, MLS have requested that Sportradar Security Services bring their experts to America this year in order to provide all PRO match officials with an Integrity Workshop. This Workshop will provide a unique insight into how the betting markets work and it will explain the different forms of match manipulation, how fixers recruit and what the sanctions and effects of match manipulation can be.

MLS Vice President Operations and Security Ray Whitworth said: “Sportradar Security Services has been a fantastic partner of ours for almost two years now and I am delighted that they will remain our partners for at least another two. At MLS, we are dedicated to delivering the best sports entertainment to millions of fans worldwide that follow our league. And in line with that, we cannot compromise when it comes to preserving the integrity of soccer in the U.S. Sportradar’s breadth of coverage, its depth of analysis, its history of accuracy and its expert team of education providers made our decision to renew simple.

Sportradar Managing Director Strategy and Integrity Andreas Krannich concluded with this: “The U.S. national teams had a great 2014. MLS has never been more popular. It is unsurprising that more and more fans are being drawn to US soccer. Equally, it is not surprising that bettors around the world are placing more and more bets on U.S. soccer as well. There is always a danger of match fixing when liquidity increases on the global betting market and there is only one way to effectively deal with that danger – that is to get ahead of it. And that is exactly what MLS has done.

This partnership extension includes detection: any suspicious behaviour will be flagged, evaluated and forwarded to MLS. It includes prevention: PRO match officials will attend a tailored workshop to increase their awareness of match-fixing. It includes deterrence: potential fixers have been put on notice that MLS has the best system and services in place. It is an honour for us to continue being the trusted partners of MLS and U.S. soccer as it goes from strength to strength”.

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