he DKB Handball Bundesliga and Sportradar announced on Monday an official Integrity Services partnership, which goes into effect at the start of the 2019-20 season. The announcement comes on the heels of the REWE Final Four (German Domestic Cup), which will take place in Hamburg, Germany.
Under the partnership deal, Sportradar will monitor and analyze all DKB Handball Bundesliga and the men's DHB Cup, including the Final Four, using its Fraud Detection System (FDS), which is also trusted by the European Handball Federation (EHF).
"Handball is constantly growing and becoming more and more important on both national and international levels. Due to its outstanding significance, it is therefore a consequential and important step for the DKB Handball Bundesliga to take preventative and professional action in this area," said Frank Bohmann, CEO of the HBL GmbH. "After having successfully cooperated with Sportradar already back in 2010, we will now be profiting from their optimized services."
Sportradar will also deliver educational workshops to players, clubs, staff, and officials of the DKB Handball Bundesliga, which are designed to inform participants on potential integrity threats, how they can promote correct and ethical behaviors, as well as guard against any unlawful activities.
In addition to providing Integrity Services for the DKB Handball Bundesliga, Sportradar has been the league's official data partner since the 2015-16 season.
"It's an honor and a privilege to extend our relationship with the DKB Handball Bundesliga and help safeguard Germany's leading handball competition from integrity issues and threats," said Andreas Krannich, Managing Director of Sportradar Integrity Services. "We look forward to monitoring the league's various divisions and tournaments as well as working alongside stakeholders to educate them on how, why and where the dangers lie."