Sportradar takes legal action against Betgenius and Football DataCo

Sportradar has taken legal action against Betgenius and Football DataCo.

Yesterday, the sports data services provider, Sportradar, launched legal proceedings against Betgenius and Football DataCo (FDC) over the licensing and distribution of data for betting purposes.

According to a statement from Sportradar said the claim “is in relation to the current structure for the licensing and distribution of live data from FDC football leagues for betting purposes.”

Sportradar argues that the current system in place between Betgenius and FDC is in breach of UK and European Union Competition Laws.

BetGenius and FDC

In May 2019, Genius Sports secured a deal with FDC, which made Genius Sports the “exclusive lice data supplier” for several UK football leagues.

Under the deal, the data company was awarded exclusive rights to collect, license and distribute live game data from the UK’s leading football competitions which include the English Premier League, English Football League and Scottish Professional Football League.

As the football season enters its final quarter, Sportradar has made the decision to take legal action against both FDC and BetGenius. According to Sportradar’s statement, the decision was not made lightly, and legal action was taken after the company was unable to “find a fair solution that enables it to build its own database and to compete effectively in the market.”

However, Sportradar has said that it remains open to finding a resolution and that it supports a competitive marketplace where there is a genuine choice between data suppliers.

What else did Sportradar say?

In its statement, Sportradar went on to say: “This competition is vital for innovation, genuine product choice and fair pricing and we believe these elements are worth protecting. The step Sportradar has taken is focused on that outcome.

“Sportradar is, and has always been, willing to pay for access, and to be part of an integrated, accredited, and fair system of collection and distribution which enables competition. Sportradar believes that the system put in place by Betgenius and FDC does not allow for this outcome; and that the current arrangements are in breach of UK and EU Competition Law.

“This status is not only harmful to data supply companies like Sportradar, but also to the downstream market (bookmakers and their customers) where product choice is being restricted or removed in favour of an information monopoly. This is why Sportradar has now sought adjudication by an independent specialist tribunal in the hope that matters can be resolved fairly and equitably.”

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