Nascar enlists Sportradar to tackle illegal betting

Stock-car racing series hires integrity service in wake of US sports gambling ruling.

Nascar enlists Sportradar to tackle illegal betting

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Nascar has signed a multiyear partnership with Sportradar to protect the US stock-car racing series from all forms of illegal betting, both domestically and overseas.

The move follows a US Supreme Court ruling in May, which anulled 26-year-old legislation preventing sports-related gambling across the majority of US states. Since, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia have all join Nevada by opening regulated sportsbooks.

As part of the agreement, Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS) will monitor domestic and global betting activity across the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series, Nascar Xfinity Series and Nascar Camping World Truck Series.

Sportradar’s FDS is currently used by more than 75 sports bodies around the world including Fifa, the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and MotoGP.

“It is critical to be proactive in developing safeguards that protect Nascar’s on-track product from any potential integrity threats,” said Brian Herbst, the series’ vice president for global media strategy and distribution.

“Sportradar is the leader in this space and knowing that our races will be monitored extensively, while also equipping our industry with the tools and knowledge they require [to] give us peace of mind in being able to preserve the integrity of Nascar as the US wagering market continues to open.”

The international sports data firm, which is based in Switzerland, will also arrange on-site workshops for Nascar drivers, teams, officials and associated stakeholders, covering the series’ betting-related rules and policies.

“We are honoured and excited to partner with Nascar in what is an important time for US sports following the Supreme Court sports betting case decision earlier this year,” said Andy Cunningham Sportradar’s director for global strategy of integrity services.

“We look forward to supporting Nascar in installing a best-in-class integrity framework to protect their sport and its constituents.”