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SPFL nets deal with sports betting service IMG ARENA

Neil Doncaster

Benefits: Neil Doncaster

IMG ARENA, a sports betting service and content hub, has signed a long-term rights agreement with the Scottish Professional Football League.

The five-year deal, commencing at the start of the 2020/21 season, will see IMG ARENA provide SPFL content to the international betting market as well as introducing an innovative automatic production set-up for certain matches.

The deal will incorporate the Ladbrokes Premiership, the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as the Betfred Cup and Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

To support the SPFL partnership, IMG ARENA has entered into an agreement with AI-automated sports production company Pixellot, to deliver an increased breadth of coverage. The partnership will ensure an enhanced experience and allow for more extensive fan engagement.

The first partnership of its kind for IMG ARENA, the deal will see Pixellot’s patented technology installed at SPFL Championship grounds.

The automated technology uses advanced production algorithms and a network of cameras tracking play, to generate match footage that can be used online as well as across mobile devices. The footage will be made available to an international audience, restricted to countries outside the UK and Ireland.

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “Deepening our mutually successful partnership with IMG ARENA creates a range of increased commercial benefits, allowing us to reinvest significant revenues across the SPFL. It will also help to increase the international visibility and popularity of our competitions through innovative, best-in-class production.”

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