Austrian Handball Leagues and Sportradar agree on long-term data partnership

The two highest Austrian Handball Leagues, the spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE, are proud to announce a landmark partnership with Sportradar, which will see Sportradar become the leagues’ official data partner ahead of the upcoming 2018/19 season.

Under the agreement, Sportradar will be granted the right to exclusively collect, archive and distribute “Official spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE Data” to both the media and betting industry, and to the spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE and its teams. The partnership is a multi-year deal that will see the two parties work together across the next decade.

The spusu LIGA is the premier men’s handball division in Austria. Under the agreement, Sportradar will collect the data generated by both the first and second division, as well as the Super Cup and annual All-Star Game competitions. Sportradar will also provide and implement a tailor-made live scouting system for all events and will ensure the highest data quality through its data processing control.

Furthermore, Sportradar will also provide the spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE with its “Live Sports Centre” solution. The “Live Sports Centre” is a content visualisation tool with extensive live statistics that can be easily customised and implemented across all team websites. Additionally, Sportradar will also develop a digital media match-report for further data visualisation specifically aimed at media audiences.

Managing Director spusu LIGA & spusu CHALLENGE, Thomas Berger said: “Over 300 games are scouted by this partnership each season. For us, this is a huge structural milestone, but also a great challenge. This step and this partnership will enable us to offer our stakeholders an unprecedented breadth and depth of data in the future and will bring more attention to the leagues.”

Sportradar Handball Product Manager, Tobias Jürgens added: “Handball is the most exciting upcoming sport in Austria and we are very excited about the collaboration between Sportradar and the spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE for these coming years. It will be a great opportunity to develop cutting-edge data products and services and help to increase the awareness of the leagues and handball in Austria, across Europe and the world.”

Throughout the partnership, both sides will continue to work on further innovative technologies and business models to improve the data collection and distribution processes.

About the spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE

The Handball Liga Austria was found on the 21st of May 1998. Since 2017 the league has had a new title sponsor and was named spusu HANDBALL LIGA AUSTRIA. In summer 2018 the mobile phone operator spusu commenced a sponsorship of the second highest league in Austria, the Handball Bundesliga Austria. The two highest leagues in Handball in Austria therefore got renamed to the spusu LIGA and the spusu CHALLENGE. The spusu LIGA is the highest league in Handball in Austria, while the spusu CHALLENGE is the second highest league.

Within the spusu LIGA, ten teams fight in the main round in the first leg before the top five re-match to qualify for the bonus round. In the bonus round, teams play a first leg and then re-match again. The top four then have the right to pick their quarter final opponent out of the top five ranked teams in the bonus round and the teams ranked one to three in the qualification round.

In the Qualification Round the teams ranked six to ten after the main round play in first leg and re-match for participation at the quarter finals. The teams ranked four and five in the qualification round thenplay for class retention with the loser relegated to the spusu CHALLENGE in the next season.

The quarter finals as well as the semi-finals are played in a best of three mode, while the final is played in best of five mode. The overall winners of the final are crowned champions of the spusu LIGA. The current record champions are Bregenz Handball, with nine titles while the defending champion for the upcoming season is HC FIVERS WAT Margareten.

In the spusu CHALLENGE, ten teams fight in the main round for one of the top five to qualify for the Upper Playoff. The teams ranked one to four in the Upper Playoff qualify directly for the semi-finals. The first ranked team plays against the fourth ranked team and the second ranked team against the third ranked team in the best of three mode for the final. The winner of the final becomes the champion of the spusu CHALLENGE and is promoted to the spusu LIGA.

In the lower playoff, the teams ranked six to ten of the main round play for places one to three to avoid relegation, while the fourth and fifth ranked teams of the lower playoff play for the class retention.

More information can be found at https://www.spusuliga.at

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