Erin-Marie Gallagher

AllSported launches international trading service to cover racing shortfalls

AllSported,  the newly rebranded operating company of the Racing Post, has committed to addressing the shortfall in live horse racing content by launching a new risk-managed trading service tailored towards international racing. The firm is looking to maximise the racing that is still taking place in Hong Kong and the US, in order to help betting operators retain their audience and …

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Racing group outlines priorities for resuming racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’

The horseracing industry group, which has been responsible for coordinating work in response to the coronavirus, has outlined the conditions that would need to be met to ensure the resumption of racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’.  The ten-page plan, released on the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) website, says that racing will “almost certainly” resume behind closed doors, which the group …

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UK CMA approves Flutter-Stars merger

The UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the green light for the merger between The Stars Group (TSG) and Flutter Entertainment to go ahead, clearing ‘phase 1′ of its competition review. Last October, Flutter and TSG agreed to terms on an all-share combination, as the two companies set about creating the outright global market leader operating across all …

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Polish bookmaker association calls for government support

The Polish bookmaking industry has urged the government to support the sector in saving ‘thousands of jobs’ in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bukmacherzyrazem – the Employers and Employees of the Bookmakers Companies Association – warns of widespread closure of betting shops across Poland, which will have a knock-on effect on the Polish economy.  The trade association has requested that …

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BHA outlines ‘emergency financial plan’ to tackle COVID-19 costs

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has committed to supporting the racing industry during the UK lockdown, after agreeing an ‘emergency financial plan to cut its costs to the industry by up to a million pounds a month’. Under the plan, agreed by the BHA Board, nearly 80% of staff will be temporarily stood down from work using the government’s Coronavirus …

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Sportradar delivers alternative betting markets with Simulated Reality launch

Addressing the shortfall in live sports, Sportradar has confirmed the launch of its AI-driven Simulated Reality, which will be made available to customers within its existing portfolio of events. Launching on 3 April, it is hoped that the Simulated Reality product will deliver ‘a sports betting experience which is as close to real life as possible’. Carsten Koerl, CEO of …

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ITV Racing to host virtual Grand National

Following the cancellation of next week’s Randox Health Grand National due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ITV Racing has confirmed that it will broadcast a virtual simulation of the race. The race, which will be broadcast at 17:00 on 4 April, will include the 40 runners who would have been most likely to take part using CGI technology and special …

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SIS furloughs ‘significant number of staff’ amid COVID-19 disruptions

With the suspension of almost all live racing worldwide, Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will be closing down ‘all non-essential services and to furlough a significant number of staff effective immediately’. The racing content and data services provider has explained that the decision has been made to ‘protect its long-term future’. Richard Ames, CEO of SIS, said: …

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Digitain to ‘navigate the storm’ with alternative betting markets

Combating the widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Digitain has revealed plans to boost its catalogue of alternative markets to the front of its ranks. The sportsbook and platform provider hopes that its ‘action-packed line up’ of content will address the shortfall in betting markets. The package of content will include in-house skill games, alternative sporting markets, a variety …

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ARC limits COVID-19 impacts with financial support for greyhound trainers

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has revealed that it will offer financial support to greyhound trainers based at its five stadia during the period of suspension for racing. Following the suspension of greyhound racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARC will offer £5 per dog per week to trainers from Belle Vue, Newcastle, Nottingham, Perry Barr and Sunderland. The funds will …

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