Firm that helped expose Alabama baseball gambling scandal launches integrity hotline

Firm that helped expose Alabama baseball gambling scandal launches integrity hotline

A sports integrity monitor released a program Thursday to allow athletes, coaches, and staff anonymously submit gambling suspicions to regulators and criminal enforcement.

U.S. Integrity, a sports data integrity provider, unveiled the “Athlete Alert Powered by RealResponse” tip hotline.

This month, U.S. Integrity CEO Matthew Holt said the Cincinnati Reds stadium sportsbook operators alerted his organization to “abnormal activity.” Ohio gambling regulators investigated after U.S. Integrity notified them.

Alabama sacked its baseball coach last week after an inquiry into questionable betting on a Crimson Tide game at LSU.

The two organizations’ tip hotline lets players, coaches, and others anonymously report integrity issues such match-fixing, game manipulation, insider knowledge usage, and illicit wagering.

Companies stated that regulators would verify tips and report them to police authorities.

“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of professional and student athletes who have committed their lives to compete at the highest levels, and it is our job to help protect that paradigm,” Holt said. Athletes and others may “stay one step ahead of any bad actors” via the hotline.

“Texting 843-USI-TIPS protects and enhances the integrity and purity of competition, while ensuring their anonymity and safety,” stated RealResponse founder and CEO David Chadwick.

More than 40 Iowa and Iowa State players may face NCAA and law enforcement penalties for illegal online wagering.

After a gambling probe discovered athlete involvement in various sports, Iowa and Iowa State said they are cooperating with local casino authorities, police enforcement, and the NCAA this week.

No Alabama athletes are suspected. When a school suspects an athlete’s eligibility, certain Hawkeyes baseball players are sidelined.

The Iowa director of gaming informed The Associated Press earlier this week that no match fixing or unusual wagering was found in Hawkeyes or Cyclones games.

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