Sportradar has criticised recommendations for data censorship on the lower levels of professional tennis by the sport’s Independent Review Panel, arguing prohibition “invites new risks and problems.”
Though the IRP overturned the previously contentious discontinuation of live data sales for the $25k tier, the Swiss data analyst opposed conclusions by the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board.
“We welcome the fact that the Panel has reversed their recommendation to discontinue sale of live data at the $25k level of the sport. However we believe that they could and should have gone further,” said managing director of group operations David Lampitt.
“A targeted approach should be applied across the whole sport; we have been consistent in our view that the Panel invites new risks and problems by recommending a prohibitive approach, when it has not succeeded as an effective regulatory tool in relation to the betting industry anywhere in the world, nor in any other sport.”
“Adjusting their arbitrary line (between targeted approach and blanket discontinuance) down a level doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. This is because the measures don’t match the risks; the Panel’s approach remains disproportionate.”
“They now accept a targeted approach as the most effective response for almost every level of tennis, including quite correctly those levels above the ITF that evidence the highest level of risk.”
“It then makes no sense that they have doggedly maintained a solution that is more draconian, expensive, complex and unpredictable for the $15k tournament level that has lower risk.”