Sports data provider Sportradar Integrity Services and the Sport Convention Division of the Council of Europe (CoE) have entered into a partnership for a new project aimed at assessing risk factors that affect the integrity of professional sports all over the world.
This pilot project is set to leverage a group established by the CoE in 2016, called the Network of the National Platforms. The group, through which states collaborate on sporting integrity issues, is also known as the Group of Copenhagen. The collaboration of states on such issues is representative of a key component of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, or Macolin Convention.
The collaboration facilitated by the Group of Copenhagen came into force just this September, almost five years after the idea was first introduced. It sets out a legal framework for handling match fixing in sport, and also creates legal definitions for issues like conflicts of interest, illegal betting, and controls for addressing poor governance and handling of confidential information.
The recent Sportradar initiative will be coordinated by Australia’s national sporting integrity platform, with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the global betting market as well as the challenges faced by professional sport. Data-driven insights to support the project will also be provided by Sportradar Integrity Services.
The CoE has already implemented other pilot projects in places like Belgium, Georgia, Norway, and Portugal. These projects will now be expanded, with the idea of providing all 32 countries belonging to the Group of Copenhagen with an effective methodology. As the CoE secretariat has explained:“As a first step, we wish to evaluate the present situation with regard to national sports betting markets, and the current landscape in terms of betting liquidity and the number of bookmakers currently active in these markets. The data, analysis, and insights which Sportradar will provide us with will be vital in informing the next steps of this process, and we welcome their cooperation in the early but crucial research stages of this important undertaking.”
Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich also had this to say: “Sportradar have been firm supporters of the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention since its proposed inception, and we are honoured to be a supporting partner in one of its major projects. We have throughout the years supported various state authorities, government institutions, national platforms, and sport federations in their anti match-fixing efforts, by providing data-driven analysis of the risk factors within their regions to help inform future policy. We look forward to expanding on this work under the umbrella of the Macolin Convention, and are ready to assist whenever called upon.”
Sportradar will draw upon its global oversight of both the national and international betting markets to deliver the promised data-driven insights. Both parties understanding that an up-to-date understanding of the overall landscape of the global betting market is essential to the process. The results of the pilot project are then set to be presented at the Group of Copenhagen’s 9th meeting in Strasbourg, France on November 25-26.