As it prepares to launch the first professional sports franchise in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League has hired a monitor to watch for suspicious gambling activity, which can be an early warning sign of cheating in the sport.
Bloomberg reports that financial terms of the contract with sports data company Sportradar AG weren’t disclosed.
When the Las Vegas expansion was announced Commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL wasn’t deterred by the city’s legal sports betting because far less money is wagered on hockey than other major sports.
According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, $1.8 billion was bet on football and $1.4 billion on basketball in the year ended April 30. Hockey is lumped into a separate “other” category with less popular sports that drew $336 million in bets during that time.