Sports data and content provider Sportradar has agreed a long-term data partnership with Handball Liga Austria.

The agreement will see Sportradar become the official data partner for the two highest Austrian Handball Leagues, the spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE, ahead of the upcoming 2018/19 season.

Sportradar will be granted the right to exclusively collect, archive and distribute official spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE data for both the media and betting industry, as well as to the leagues and its teams.

“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,” said Sportradar handball product manager Tobias Jürgens. “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.”

The spusu LIGA is the premier men’s handball division in Austria, with Sportradar collecting 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 implement a tailor-made live scouting system for all events, and will provide the spusu LIGA and spusu CHALLENGE with its Live Sports Centre solution.

Additionally, Sportradar will develop a digital media match-report for further data visualisation specifically aimed at media audiences.

“Over 300 games are scouted by this partnership each season,” said Thomas Berger, managing director of spusu LIGA & spusu CHALLENGE. “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.”