The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) has announced an education and bet monitoring services agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services.

The multi-year collaboration, with the division of Sportradar, sees the three CHL member leagues – the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – monitored by the service through its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS).

Dan MacKenzie, President, Canadian Hockey League, noted: “The CHL is committed to continuing the education of our players and the integrity of the game they play. We are excited to sign this agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services. The provision of their bet monitoring and education services will only further strengthen our current integrity measures. 

“The CHL is fully committed to protecting all of our league-wide stakeholders from the threat of match-fixing, and Sportradar’s eLearning tutorial will be integral to ensure they are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge and understanding of how best to recognise and react to integrity threats.”

Furthermore, the platform has also promised to provide an integrity audit to the CHL, whilst Sportradar’s Intelligence and Investigation team will be available throughout the agreement to ‘assist investigations into any potential integrity threats’.

“By engaging Sportradar, a leader in providing integrity services, the CHL is putting itself in a strong position to protect the integrity of their competitions as well as educate and inform all their key stakeholders about potential risks within a sports betting environment,” added Andy Cunningham, Director, Global Partnerships, Sportradar Integrity Services. 

As sports betting regulation continues to expand throughout Canada, teams, players – including juniors at the start of their career – and other CHL staff and stakeholders will be educated on the importance of integrity via an eLearning tutorial program, which will be rolled out and made available in multiple languages.

“As new sports betting markets open up across North America, we look forward to supporting the CHL through our best-in-class products and services,” concluded Cunningham.

Yesterday, Sportradar announced Jim Brown, an experienced National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) executive, as the company’s North American sports integrity operations. 

As the US based Head of Integrity Services & Harm Prevention in North America, Brown will now report to Sportradar Integrity Services’ Managing Director Andreas Krannich, whilst leveraging his experience in risk management, strategy development, business process evaluation and design and sports wagering risk mitigation.

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