The newly relaunched International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA -formerly ESSA) has today announced that industry business data and information supplier H2 Capital will formerly act as its lead market data provider.
The tie-up will see IBIA teams supported with access to the extensive H2 Capital database covering industry insight across 2 million data points reaching 150 jurisdictions, significantly strengthening IBIA global policy outreach.
Backing the agreement, IBIA leadership details that H2 Capital provisions will help maintain the association’s ongoing expansion of ‘integrity arrangements’, which now covers six continents, helping multiple sports stakeholders secure deeper integrity knowledge and insights, whilst helping policymakers develop ‘practical betting frameworks’.
Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the International Betting Integrity Association, said – “We worked with H2 when delivering our position and proposals to the independent review of tennis integrity last year. H2’s data and economic analysis was crucial and underpinned our key arguments during those discussions. Both parties are keen to continue working together and to utilise H2’s best in class global gambling data to foster informed regulatory policies.”
H2 Capital details the significance of the partnership, which will see its information aiding multiple sports and data stakeholder, in the fight against sports corruption.
David Henwood, Director at H2 Gambling Capital, said: “H2 is dedicated to providing the best independent data and market intelligence in the sector. We increasingly want to help our clients and partners take advantage of new opportunities, safeguard their interests and meet their commercial objectives. Ensuring a safe betting environment is central to the current regulatory debate and the International Betting Integrity Association is at the forefront of that global discussion. We aim to support the association’s objectives in this area with our unrivalled intelligence, analysis and market data.”
Announcing the partnership, IBIA has published ‘new economic data’ produced by H2 Capital, which provides an additional IBIA response to Tennis’ Independent Review Panel’s (IRP) interim report on integrity.
The response sees the IBIA oppose the IRP’s ‘proposed prohibition’ on ITF in-play data being sold to betting operators, which saw the IRP subsequently amend the scope of this provision in its final report.