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Tennis Tours Sell Live Scores to Curb Illegal Data Collection, Raise Funds

The governing bodies of men’s and women’s professional tennis will sell live scores for the first time as the sport tries to crack down on data collection used for illegal gambling.

“There are a lot of unauthorized people out there collecting our data, either scraping it off our websites or television or sitting in the stands, keying in every shot, often with errors, and selling it for substantial profit,” Kate Gordon, spokeswoman for the men’s ATP World Tour, said in an interview.

The ATP and women’s WTA tour have appointed Copenhagen- based Enetpulse ApS as sole global distributor of their official live scoring tennis data. The tours said in separate e-mails that “numerous unauthorized sources” collect and sell scoring data and that the practice “presents an integrity risk at tournaments.” No financial details were disclosed.

Tennis officials have become concerned about people attending matches who send unlicensed scoring data on a mobile telephone to gambling websites or data companies for a profit. The information sent by these so-called ‘courtsiders’ is often quicker than a live feed via television or the Internet, giving gamblers an advantage when placing bets. The tours don’t allow live transmission of scores for commercial gain from tournament sites.

In 2008, tennis became one of the first sports to set up its own anti-corruption program. The Tennis Integrity Unit, headed by a former Scotland Yard detective, was founded after suspicious betting on a match in August 2007 involving Nikolay Davydenko, then ranked No. 4 on the men’s tour. The Russian was cleared of any wrongdoing by the men’s tennis tour in 2008 after a 13-month investigation.

Betting Issues

More than a dozen players said publicly that year that they had been approached to throw matches and the tour banned three Italian players for betting.

Live scores are currently being made available to the public through the ATP and WTA websites, television broadcasts and onsite at events.

Television pictures may trail a live tennis match by as long as eight seconds, with live streaming on the Internet lagging behind by at least six seconds or more, Phil Parry, Enetpulse’s Isle of Man-based business development manager, said in an interview. Enetpulse is aiming to cut the time between a point being played and the score appearing on its new system to less than two seconds, he said.

The Danish company will start testing the system once the tennis season finishes in November, and is aiming to go live in January, Parry said.

Scoring Networks

The WTA and ATP World Tour have invested $10 million in the past decade to develop one of the biggest live scoring networks in the world. Although many professional sports leagues such as soccer’s Premier League have sold its scoring data, it has never been done before in tennis.

Last year, 19,000 matches played on the ATP and the WTA tours produced more than 400,000 games and almost 2.5 million points, according to Enetpulse.

The Danish company was founded in 2000 and provides live content of over 60 sports to more than 150 clients including live scoring portals, media organizations and betting companies.

The agreement is not only aimed at eradicating illegal data collection at tournament sites, it also provides the sport with a “new revenue stream,” WTA spokesman Andrew Walker said in an e-mail.

“The data will be sold to both the gambling market and the editorial market,” Walker said. “The agreement with Enetpulse covers the gambling market only for now.”

Competition

Whether the new system will stop courtsiders from sending information from a tournament “really will depend on the price of the new service,” said Warwick Bartlett, chief executive officer of Isle of Man-based Global Betting and Gaming Consultancy, which produces a database of the global gambling industry. “If it is too expensive then illegals will be encouraged to compete.”

Betfair Group Plc (BET), the biggest online person-to-person betting exchange, declined to comment. Alex O’Dononhue, a spokesman for U.K. bookmaker Ladbrokes Plc (LAD), said: “it doesn’t strike me as something we’d be interested in at this stage.”

The agreement between Enetpulse and the tours doesn’t cover the four Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian, French and U.S. Opens and Wimbledon.

The four majors are all official championships of the International Tennis Federation. Although the ITF has no immediate plans for its own live scoring system, spokeswoman Barbara Travers said in an interview it is looking at options.
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What a load of bollocks. There's absolutely no "integrity risk" from third parties collecting data. There's not even any problem with courtsiders betting. Who cares if they're beating the clock?

The entirety of this story is that the ATP want to maintain a monopoly on selling scoring data. Trying to confuse people by linking it to criminality is just lame spin.
 

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What's amazing is that it costs 10 millions dollar just to run a fucking scoreboard.

And yes, who the fuck is going to buy this?
 

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What's amazing is that it costs 10 millions dollar just to run a fucking scoreboard.

And yes, who the fuck is going to buy this?
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I'm sure I'm missing something, here. What's all this about? What's behind it? :wavey:
 

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What's amazing is that it costs 10 millions dollar just to run a fucking scoreboard.

And yes, who the fuck is going to buy this?
Bookmakers will buy it. They are already buying score services from the unauthorized companies mentioned in the article.
 

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First, who are they "selling scores" to?

Regular fans, or companies/corporations?

Will livescore still be free of cost?

Either way, this whole thing is bullshit.
 

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Compared to the official sites of Australian sports the ATP website is brilliant in its depth of freely available scores and statistics. Sport really is getting killed by the $$$$ these days.
 

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How the HELL are you going to stop "illegal" scoring transmissions? And if it's unofficial, who gives a shit? It's not like major networks are using them.

EDIT: I have a tennis-scoring app on my phone, so I guess they might be mad if people are turning a profit off of it if it's using unauthorized scoring transmissions.
 

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Some of you dont seem to "get it." They are not so much trying to ban illegal/unofficial live score services, but rather provide an official and better one. If you get information 5 seconds earlier via some shady scheme unavailable to the general public, it is a significant and unfair advantage for live betting. Nobody is getting screwed here, they are actually working to lessen the screwage.
Its a slightly different matter how much they figure it will cost and what they will sell it for (lol @ $10M), but thats something for betting/reporting sites to figure out anyway.
 

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There Insaine if they think I am going to pay to check a live score! Don,t turn Tennis into the New Football!
 
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