IMG ARENA joins sports betting integrity body IBIA

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) today announced that IMG ARENA, a leading sports betting service provider and content hub has become as an associate member of the association.

Leaders in their respective fields, the move will see the two organisations strengthen their engagement on betting integrity and sports data distribution. Associate membership is open to businesses or organisations that share similar values to IBIA and its members on sporting integrity and related betting issues.

“We are thrilled to become an associate member of the IBIA. We are committed to protecting the integrity of sport and have had a consistent position and commitment to distribution of official content since our launch in 2012” said Freddie Longe, EVP and Managing Director of IMG ARENA. He added: “The IBIA is a leading global voice on integrity for the licensed sports betting industry and we are proud to develop our partnership further in support of our shared vision.”

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “The move is natural progression following an increasing engagement between IMG ARENA and IBIA on betting and integrity issues. It acknowledges the growing importance of sports data to IBIA’s regulated betting operators and the benefits both parties see from closer cooperation. IBIA values IMG ARENA’s contribution to the protection of the integrity of sporting events and the related sports data rights that it distributes globally. The association looks forward to building upon our existing relationship and widening our engagement activities.”

The IBIA membership structure has been altered from the previous two category structure of betting operator and affiliate member classifications to a new three category structure of betting operator members, associate members, and strategic partners. The new structure better reflects the association’s widening international multi-sector engagement activity.

The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.