With World Snooker’s Championship League making a return to our screens, Sportradar has confirmed that it will be supporting the tournament by offering pre-match, live odds and live data.
The offering builds on the long-standing partnership between World Snooker and Sportradar, and will help maximise engagement with the tournament.
The event, which began yesterday and will run until 11 June, features 64 players competing against one another in round-robin groups. Top players including Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson are some of the participants competing in the tournament.
Speaking to SBC, David Lampitt, Managing Director, Sports Partnerships, explained: “It’s another positive step forward for sport to see the world’s top snooker players returning to action. We are pleased to be working alongside our long-term partner World Snooker and to be in a position to offer official data, pre-match odds, and live odds to maximise fan engagement for this event.
“Sportradar continues to deliver the highest-quality content and coverage, and we’re continuing to draw on our unparalleled network of partnerships to provide consistently high quality content to customers and fans around the world.”
The tournament, which will be broadcast on ITV, takes place behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes with strict rules on social distancing, COVID testing and hygiene in place, in line with government guidelines.
The Championship League, which is being promoted by Matchroom Multi Sport, will be divided into three phases, with all games played as the best-of-four frames. Phase one, which will run from 1 June – 8 June, will feature group matches with two groups played each day across two tables. The winner from each group table will progress to phase two.
Running from 9 June – 10 June, the 16 group winners will be split into four further groups, with two groups per day also played over two tables. Tournament finals will take place from 11 June, and will see the four Phase Two winners battle it out over one final group, played on one table, to determine the Championship League winner.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn added: “During the challenging times of the past few weeks we have examined the opportunities which still exist and worked relentlessly towards the goal of getting our tour going again. While most other sports remain sidelined, we are ready to return from June 1st. This sends out a message to the sporting world that snooker is at the forefront of innovation.
“Our first priority has to be safety and we have had detailed discussions with the government in creating a set of approved guidelines for the event which will be rigorously followed. We are making this very clear to the players and everyone working on the event.
“These are challenging times but as always we are looking at the opportunities rather than the limitations.Championship League will provide 11 days of televised sport with extensive live coverage, from 3pm until 10pm each day. For the fans out there who are starved of live sport it will be a fantastic boost and a very welcome diversion from these tough times we are all going through.”