The United Soccer League and data intelligence firm Sportradar have entered into an official integrity services partnership. Sportradar will be monitoring and analyzing USL competitions via its fraud detection system and providing the league with educational solutions, as well as access to its intelligence and investigations services. In addition, Sportradar will utilize its global integrity expertise to carry out a comprehensive integrity audit for USL to assist the league in installing an effective and comprehensive integrity program.
“There is nothing more important than protecting the overall integrity of our League,” said USL Senior Vice President Lizzie Seedhouse. “We have to stay vigilant in the ways we protect our players and teams, and in the ever-changing landscape of sports betting in the United States, education for all those with access to influence the game is paramount.”
Core to the educational component, USL competition players, match officials and team staff will have access to educational solutions in English and Spanish on the nature and risks of match-fixing and sports manipulation. The various education sessions will also educate USL stakeholders on relevant policies related to betting and game manipulation, and the risks and consequences of involvement with match-fixing or other betting-related rules violations, among other topics.
“We are honored and excited to partner with USL and look forward to supporting them in installing a best-in-class integrity program,” said Andy Cunningham, Director, Global Strategy of Integrity Services at Sportradar. “They have shown a strong commitment to upholding the integrity of their competitions and protecting their stakeholders.”
In addition to providing integrity services for USL, Sportradar will also be licensing USL Championship matches – with an option to add on League One matches as well – for its global audio/visual sports betting business. An industry leader, Sportradar has recently signed sport betting related partnerships with other prominent sports leagues.