January 12, 2022 Sports Betting, Legal, Personnel

Sportradar taps former NCAA executive Jim Brown

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Will be asked to bolster integrity services in the US.

Global sports technology company Sportradar on Wednesday announced the hiring of Jim Brown as Head of Integrity Services and Harm Prevention in North America.

According to Sportradar, Brown brings more than two decades of experience in risk management, as well as strategy development, business process evaluation and design, and sports wagering risk mitigation.

For the past eight years, Brown served in various risk management roles at the NCAA, most recently as the Managing Director of Enterprise Risk Management.

During his tenure with the NCAA, Brown was credited with leading the organization’s approach to sports wagering risk mitigation. This entailed collaborating on the development of a comprehensive program featuring the integrity-related monitoring of 12,500 games annually; the well-being education of 550,000 student-athletes; and enhancing the background check and review measures of 19,000 game officials.

Prior to joining the NCAA, Brown was Director of Internal Audit and Quality at Anthem, Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked at CNO Financial Group, Inc., and Ernst & Young, LLP, following four years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

He holds a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from San Diego State University.

Brown will be based in the US, and will report to Andreas Krannich, Managing Director of Integrity Services.

“Integrity is not a check-the-box exercise, but a complex strategic service that blends process, regulation and education and is driven by technology,” Krannich said in a statement. “Jim has a proven track record in bringing these elements to life with great success and notable impact and we are thrilled to bring him aboard.”

Brown added: “As new sports betting markets open up across the US, the need for robust and resilient integrity services has never been greater. I am excited to join the team to lead the development of existing and new offerings that will both protect the integrity of competitions as well as safeguard the well-being of athletes.”

Established in 2001, the company describes itself as sitting at the intersection of the sports, media and betting industries, providing sports federations, news media, consumer platforms and sports betting operators with a range of solutions to help grow their business. Sportradar employs more than 2,300 full time employees across 19 countries around the world. It is partnered with more than 1,600 customers in some 120 countries and an official partner of the NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, and FIFA. It covers more than 750,000 events annually across 83 sports.

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