Sportradar has confirmed that it will be supporting World Snooker’s Championship League by offering pre-match, live odds and live data throughout the duration of the tournament.
The offering builds on the long-standing partnership between World Snooker and Sportradar, and will help maximise fan 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. The competition includes top players such as Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson.
Speaking to SBC News, David Lampitt, Managing Director, Sports Partnerships at Sportradar 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 Championship League, which is being promoted by Matchroom Multi Sport, secured a broadcast partnership with ITV with the event taking place behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes. Moreover, strict rules on social distancing, COVID testing and hygiene regulations, in line with government guidelines will be implemented during the duration of the tournament.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn added: “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.”
The tournament has been 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 and earning £30,000.