Under the terms of the 2 years contract, which was finalized with the support of Austria’s Play Fair Code, Sportradar will monitor the regular season and play-off games for each season – approximately 373 each year.
“When the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga includes so many important ice hockey markets and entertains so many passionate fans, we feel a strong responsibility to ensure that they all have no doubts about the commitment and the dedication of the teams and players. This partnership will ensure exactly that and we appreciate Sportradar’s support and expertise” Axel Bammer outlined. The EBEL Chief Operating Officer got an insight to the functionality of the Sportradar system in an all-day workshop in London lately.
Sportradar’s Managing Director Sport Right Owners Andreas Krannich added: “The reputation that we have established over 11 years across sport and more recently in ice hockey through our work with the IIHF and the NHL, coupled with the strong and trustful relationship we have established with Austria’s Play Fair Code, allowed us to put forward a vital and credible proposition to the EBEL. We would like to thank the Play Fair Code for their trust in us and of course their dedication and work around sporting integrity in Austria. We would also like to thank the EBEL for their trust and commitment”.
ABOUT THE ERSTE BANK EISHOCKEY LIGA
The roots of Erste Bank Eishockey Liga go back to 1923 and various Championships, whose winner was officially recognized as the Austrian Champion. The league has had different sponsors, and the current naming rights have been held by “Sparkasse Bank” and its Erste Bank brand since the 2003–04 season. Until 2005–06, the league consisted solely of Austrian teams. Since then the league has added teams from different neighbouring countries. Based primarily in Austria, the league features 8 Austrian teams as well as one each from Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy at the moment. With their victory in the 2013-2014 season, HC Bolzano was the first and still only non-Austrian team to claim the league title.
The league is basically broken up into 2 seasons. Each team plays each other in the regular season 4 times, twice at home and twice on the road. After the regular season is over the teams enter what is called the ‘Pick Round”. The league is then split into two groups. The top six teams after the regular season automatically qualify for the playoffs and only play against each other, (once home and once away) to determine their playoff seeding. The botton six teams then battle it out against each other to determine who gets the last two playoff spots. The top 3 teams after the pick round then get to choose their first round playoff opponent. Once the playoffs start you need to win 3 rounds (best of 7) to be crowned the champion.
For more information about the EBEL, please visit: www.erstebankliga.at.
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