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Post by barrystar on Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:12 pm

This Guardian article summarises today's review by the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/25/tennis-serious-integrity-problem-betting-match-fixing-independent-review

From the article there are no real surprises I think - higher risk in lower levels where the rewards for playing do not sustain the participants, and the fact that tennis is susceptible to betting, in particular of an 'as the match progresses' type.  And there is this:

much of the problems were down to the International Tennis Federation’s decision to sign a lucrative five-year deal worth $70m with the data company Sportradar

As ever, the true cost of certain types of sponsorship/income is over-looked by hungry recipients whose prime responsibility is the best interests of the game.

Interestingly, the $70m over 5 years for the ITF is dwarfed by the income during that period of the top players.  I am no socialist, but one could ask whether they whisk the ladder up a bit too quickly once they have made it, or is there a need for savings within the ITF?

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Post by Tenez on Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:09 pm

I think the $70m to Sportradar is very dodgy! That's probably a nice contract given to connections.

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:14 pm

OK, tennis is a lucrative cash-cow atm, so no surprise everyone is trying to milk it...and that includes us fans...everyone is "getting" something.

I am enjoying it while the stock lasts kind of thing.... the gorgeous, artistic, majestic game of tennis.

Players allowed to dope, break basic rules, having a chasm between superstars and mortals, betting interfering, linesmen cheating...too many "leeches" sucking life out of it.

None of it surprises me.

What does surprise me is when others are surprised...


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Post by barrystar on Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:37 pm

Tenez wrote:I think the $70m to Sportradar is very dodgy! That's probably a nice contract given to connections.

Why connections?

On the face of it looks like Sportradar understood the value of the information and paid accordingly.  The criticism of the ITF is that they did not follow through on why the information might be valuable and with what consequences for the game.  I don't understand what the suggestion of 'connections' has to do with this?

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