The integrity of domestic competitions played by Basketball Australia has been ensured, as moves were made to protect the game from any and all match fixes. In light of avoiding match fixes Genius Sports and the basketball governing body, shook hands on an official data and integrity partnership.
This partnership covers all forms of basketball, namely; South East Australian Basketball League, Women’s National Basketball League, alongside each Australian state’s top league.
Basketball Australia and Match-Fixing
Steven Burton, the Managing Director of Genius Sports, states that the issue of match-fixing continues to grow with each corrupt act of a coach, player or related instance. He further feels that if the sport does not protect itself by implementing the correct procedures, then the sport is quite vulnerable.
Match-fixing is a threat that is not taken lightly by Australian authorities.
Partnership Between Genius Sports and Basketball Australia
The partnership agreement signed by both Genius Sports and Basketball Australia, states that they will work together with the objective of fighting off any dual-threats of betting-related corruption and match-fixing.
Offered by Genius Sports, a 24/7 bet monitoring system will be put into place. This system is said to be relied on for the monitoring of sport leagues and federations that are considered to be some of the world’s largest. What this system does is it monitors and evaluates the betting patterns made in real-time from betting markets globally, it is from there that they can detect any suspicious activity.
Another reason that the two parties selected to partner up is because Genius Sports has agreed to become the official data parent of Basketball Australia. By doing this, they will ultimately control the official data supply to all legal and regulated betting operators worldwide.
Data and Integrity Partnership
Basketball Australia will now have access to unparalleled levels of both control and visibility over the supply and usage of its official data, all through the data and integrity partnership. The availability of this constant data flow should in essence also prevent any “courtsider” from collecting unofficial data. A courtsider is someone who uses information from sporting events like basketball for the purposes of gambling and sports betting.
Anthony Moore, Basketball Australia’s CEO claims that this partnership will assist both in the centralising of data and in safeguarding the integrity of competitions as they avoid any and all manipulation.