November 28, 2018 / 2:50 PM / 12 days ago

NBA strikes betting data deals with Sportradar, Genius Sports

FILE PHOTO: Nov 17, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; A general view of the Smoothie King Center during player introductions before the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

(Reuters) - The National Basketball Association (NBA) struck its first betting data partnerships, allowing Genius Sports and Sportradar AG to distribute data to licensed sports betting operators in the United States.

The partnerships cover official betting data for all NBA and WNBA games, including the preseason, regular season and playoffs, the NBA said on Wednesday.

For years, the four major U.S. professional sports leagues fought states’ efforts to legalize sports betting, arguing it would lead to game fixing.

But in May, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a federal ban against sports betting, paving the way for states to legalize, regulate and tax the activity.

Genius Sports and Sportradar will also be authorized to distribute betting data products on a real-time basis to licensed sports betting operators and platform providers.

Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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