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Sportradar hands North America integrity role to former NCAA executive Brown


Sportradar has appointed former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) executive Jim Brown as head of integrity services and harm prevention in North America.

Based in the US, Brown will report directly to Andreas Krannich, managing director of integrity services at Sportradar, and support the business with its growth plans in the region.

Brown joins Sportradar after eight years with the NCAA, where he served in a number of risk management roles, most recently as managing director of enterprise risk management.

While at the NCAA, Brown led the organization’s approach to sports betting risk mitigation, which included the development of a program featuring the integrity-related monitoring of 12,500 games each year, as well as the well-being education of 550,000 student-athletes, and improving the background check and review measures of 19,000 game officials.

Prior to this, Brown was director of internal audit and quality at Anthem, while he also had spells with CNO Financial Group and Ernst & Young, following four years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

“As new sports betting markets open up across the US, the need for robust and resilient integrity services has never been greater,” Brown said. “Sportradar sets the standard in our industry and I’m 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.”

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