Champions Hockey League brings in Sportradar for integrity insight
Champions Hockey League (CHL), the premier European ice hockey competition that pits top teams from the first-tier leagues of the continent against each other every year, has today signed a long-term partnership with Sportradar, the most credible integrity service provider in sport, to work together to safeguard the competition from manipulation and betting fraud.
Sportradar is already partnered with the International Ice Hockey Federation as well as the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga and the North American NHL and will be working closely with the CHL – delivering a combination of CAS-approved monitoring and detection services, its intelligence and investigation insights, as well as a series of education and prevention workshops. The 2018-9 season will find 32 teams from 13 countries try to unseat the current champions, Finland’s JYP Jyväskylä.
“Our fans demand hard but fair competition and that cannot happen without integrity. As we set about finding the right partner to support us in this area, we were clear that we needed to work with most respected name in the field. The road led us to Sportradar and their Integrity Services. We are delighted to bring them into the CHL family and it gives us great comfort and confidence to know that they are on hand to help and advise”, added CHL CEO Martin Baumann.
Speaking about the tie up, Managing Director Integrity Services at Sportradar, Andreas Krannich said: “Creating the systems and tools to properly and credibly support any sport takes a lot of investment and expertise and we are humbled that the top rights owners in ice-hockey worldwide recognise and appreciate that. The CHL pitches the best in Europe against each other to crown the number one team on the continent; doing our bit to help protect this proud competition is a great honour and we thank CHL for their trust”.
About Champions Hockey League
The league is fully owned and operated by Champions Hockey League AG/Ltd which includes, as its shareholders, the 26 Founding Clubs, six national Founding Leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation. The Founding National Leagues are: Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The best teams from the Challenger Leagues (Belarus, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Norway, Poland and Slovakia) are extended Wild Cards. The 2018/19 season includes 32 teams from 13 leagues, comprising a total of 220 national championships between them. The CHL season culminates in a one-game Final showdown to be played on 5 February 2019 at the home venue of the team with the best accumulated Group Stage and Playoff record. A season total of 125 games will have been played by the time the European Trophy is lifted by the champions.
More information can be found on www.championshockeyleague.com.