Sporting Index bolsters ESSA membership numbers

Simon TrimSporting Index has joined ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body. By joining with Sporting Index, ESSA has added sports spread betting to its existing coverage of traditional fixed odds and pool betting markets.

ESSA now has 19 members, and represents many of the major regulated international sports betting operators: the ABB, Betclic, Bet-at-Home, Betsson, Bet365, BetVictor, Betway, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Interwetten, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, Sporting Index, Stanleybet, Unibet and William Hill.

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, stated: “I am delighted that Sporting Index has decided to join ESSA, bringing a major sports spread betting operator to the association. The inclusion of sports spread betting data will add a new facet to our operation, widening the scope of the ESSA alert and reporting systems, which will have important benefits for our members and all of our partners in sport.”

Simon Trim, CEO of Sporting Index, stated: “Sport is at the core of our business and maintaining its integrity is paramount. Sporting Index wants to play its part in tackling match-fixing and joining ESSA is central to achieving that goal.”

ESSA recently released its Q1 2016 integrity statistics, and is involved in a number of activities aimed at addressing betting related match-fixing in sport. These include a player education programme with EU Athletes and an international project, entitled ‘Keep Crime out of Sport’, led by the Council of Europe and funded by the European Commission.

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