Euroleague the highest tier of professional basketball in Europe, has confirmed that it has extended its integrity monitoring partnership with Sport Integrity Monitor (SportIM)
The partnership extension will see SportIM set up sports monitoring workshops in order to educate Euroleague stakeholders, officials and employees on suspicious betting patterns related to European basketball matches.
The agreement will see Euroleague integrate SportIM’s tailored basketball monitoring system which will be backed by its team of integrity analysts and sports monitors.
“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, CEO 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,CEO 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.”