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PointsBet Signs Streaming Deal With Sports Data Giant IMG ARENA

James Murphy
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  • PointsBet has announced a two year data partnership deal with IMG ARENA.
  • The deal will provide PointsBet players with live game stream access.
  • Sports covered by the deal including MLS soccer, tennis, EuroLeague basketball games and World Snooker competitions.

Sports betting data is big business. One reason that it has been so lucrative is that it covers a lot of ground–from statistical information to streaming content. The more data that a sportsbook has access to, the more functionality they can offer to their players. This becomes a way to differentiate the platform from competitors, which is why the big sportsbook companies are so quick to sign data deals.

The latest comes from PointsBet, who have announced a partnership with IMG ARENA to provide bettors with on-demand streaming access to ‘more than 40,000 premium games and matches through a two year partnership’. Here’s more detail on what sports and leagues are covered by the arrangement:

PointsBet, the leading sportsbook for live betting, today announced it will now offer bettors on-demand streaming access to more than 40,000 premium games and matches through a two-year streaming partnership with IMG ARENA, a sports data and technology hub serving the sports, sports betting, and sports media eco-systems.

IMG ARENA has one of the largest portfolios of live streaming content in the world, distributing over 45,000 hours of content annually on behalf of more than 200 federations, associations, and events. Their premium content includes properties such as the MLS, ATP Tour, Roland-Garros, FIVB volleyball competitions and leagues, EuroLeague basketball games, World Snooker, World Table Tennis, and much more.

PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken noted the importance of the streaming content to live betting:

“Our north star is in-play betting, and the ability to offer our users with on-demand streaming content to elevate live betting is paramount. PointsBet is recognized as the home of in-play betting, and this partnership with IMG ARENA solidifies our position as a leader in this space. We’re thrilled to tap into innovative concepts like this to improve the live betting experience for our users, all while bringing forth new ways to increase fan engagement throughout the year.”

In particular, the deal will give a boost to PointsBet’s streaming coverage of tennis. Tennis betting has grown substantially in recent years throughout the industry:

Not only will bettors have 24/7/365 streaming availability, but they now also have immense access to tennis, a sport rising rapidly in sports gambling popularity, with over 10,000 ATP Challenger Tour matches and close to 25,000 total tennis matches. For tennis, PointsBet has seen a 163% increase in overall handle as well as a 189% increase in live handle.

Brian Clayton, Senior Director of Sales at IMG ARENA, threw some props PointsBet’s way in his press release quote:

“We are excited to partner with PointsBet, one of North America’s leading and most innovative sports betting operators. The deal allows players to improve their betting experience safely and significantly by increasing access to engaging, official content and watching more of the sports that they are betting on live.”

If you have a funded PointsBet account in any of their markets you’ll have access to the new streaming content. PointsBet is currently operational in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, with online casinos in Michigan, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

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