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Genius Sports appoints Kevin Carpenter to Sports Integrity unit

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ts data technology provider Genius Sports has appointed renowned sports lawyer Kevin Carpenter as its new Special Counsel, Sports Integrity. Carpenter will lead the delivery of Genius Sports’ educational and consultancy services to sports, and will be instrumental in the firm’s partnerships with leagues and federations, helping to protect their competitions from the threats of match-fixing and betting-related corruption.

He will also work closely with Genius Sports’ league and federation partners in an advisory capacity, conducting in-depth audits and reviews to ensure that they have the necessary regulations, processes and sanctions in place to deal with any threat to their integrity.

Carpenter is veteran lawyer within the gaming industry. He had previously advised well-known organisations such as FIFA, INTERPOL, the IOC, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Most recently he was appointed as the first chair of the eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and a member of the Badminton World Federation’s External Judicial Experts Group.

Following his move, Kevin Carpenter said: “I am delighted to be joining the Genius Sports team, helping to protect the integrity of sports across a number of key areas.

“Genius Sports has rapidly established itself as a true leader in sports integrity, not only in the protection against match-fixing and betting-related corruption, but also in their commitment to forming official, long-term partnerships that enable sports to enhance their operational efficiency, better engage with fans and maximise their commercial potential.”

Genius Sports currently offers consultancy services and expertise to assist with investigations to the sector largest leagues and federations. It provides its sports integrity partners with specifically educational programs to recognise, resist and report any incidents of matchfixing or betting-related corruption.

On his behalf, Genius Sports Managing Director, Steven Burton added: “I am thrilled with Kevin’s appointment to such an important role in our business. Protecting the integrity of sports is at the heart of what we do and this is only possible by providing our partners with true expertise. Kevin’s track record and reputation throughout the industry spoke for itself.”
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