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NEWS 27 February 2019

MLB agrees multi-year Sportradar partnership; NGCB rejects spring training request

By Nathan Joyes

MLB has agreed a multi-year partnership with Sportradar to help distribute its real-time game statistics around the world.

The deal begins this season, giving Sportradar exclusive rights to MLB’s official content and statistics.

Carsten Koerl, CEO of Sportradar, said: "This is not only a tremendous opportunity for Sportradar, but ultimately it opens up new doors for MLB fans that have historically shown a proclivity for sophisticated data."

Kenny Gersh, MLB Executive Vice President, said: "Sportradar is perfectly positioned to help MLB deliver an exceptional official MLB betting feed. We are excited about the opportunities this partnership will unlock as the sports betting landscape continues to unfold in the US."

However, MLB has also had a request to ban betting on spring training games rejected by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB). The league asked for the ban to be considered last Wednesday, the day before the first spring training game was set to take place.

MLB argued spring training games are more vulnerable to manipulation, due to their less competitive edge.

The NGCB rejected this request, though, saying sportsbooks have controls in place to prevent customers from betting on suspicious games; it additionally reiterated it had no problems with wagering on spring training.

But Pennsylvania was another state to receive the same request from MLB and responded differently, asking operators for a timeout on sports wagering.

A spokesperson from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said: "We acknowledge the concerns raised concerning sports wagering on spring training games and we are examining these. While we do this, we have requested Pennsylvania sports wagering operators to refrain from offering wagers on spring training games."

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