Europe

Anouk Mertens named as Eleven Sports COO

Eleven Sports has strengthened its senior team, with appointment of Anouk Mertens as its new Chief Operating Officer. Mertens has a history at the company, previously serving as Managing Director of Eleven Sports in Belgium and Luxembourg since October 2015, turning the business profitable in under three years and achieving 100% household distribution across the market. In her role as Group …

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Bookmakers suspend ‘no confidence vote’ on May’s party leadership

The majority of UK bookmakers have today suspended markets on a ‘vote of no confidence’ taking place on Theresa May’s party leadership. Following a frantic 24-hours of trading, triggered by the abrupt departure of Dominic Raab as lead Brexit negotiator – who stated that he could not support May’s draft EU-withdrawal agreement, bookmakers’ have suspended a no-confidence motion. This morning, …

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Sportech broadens gaming capacities with LOT.TO strategic investment

LSE-listed wagering and racing systems provider Sportech Plc has entered a ‘strategic alliance‘ with London-based iLottery systems provider LOT.TO – seeking to ‘broaden its suite of gaming opportunities’. Sportech has moved to acquire LOT.TO’s enterprise outright on a share-for-share basis. The transaction sees LOT.TO continue to operate as a stand-alone outfit, with Sportech confirming that ‘the acquisition would be non-material …

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SBC’s On The Ball – The leaks that rocked football

From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition picks out some of the key stories from the leaks by German magazine Der Spiegel. Leaks, leagues and deceit The leaks of German magazine Der Spiegel sent shock waves through world football, unearthing information that could …

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Golden Race granted associate membership to NASPL

NASPL

Golden Race has been granted associate membership to the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), a regional organisation spanning Canada and the US that facilitates better communication between lottery operators, as well as between lottery operators and gaming vendors. The virtual sports platform provider has joined 52 lottery operators/suppliers in Canada and the US, including IGT, Intralot, …

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Racing Post retention boost for SportCaller’s Lucky7

Lucky7

SportCaller has called on Racing Post to raise the profile of its horseracing game, Lucky7 – initially rolled out last year in conjunction with William Hill. The free-to-play (FTP) sports-game specialist confirmed that William Hill’s affiliate team was instrumental in putting this premium partnership in place to boost acquisition within Racing Post’s fertile base of racing fans. Lucky7, recognised as one …

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Charlotte Emery lands key digital role at William Hill

William Hill has confirmed a new appointment to its digital leadership team, with Charlotte Emery becoming the firm’s Global Brand and Marketing Director. Emery, who has over 20 years’ experience in brand leadership, strategic planning and innovation, will be a key member of the senior leadership team, reporting into Ulrik Bengtsson. She joins William Hill from British American Tobacco (BAT) …

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GLMS collaborates with Europol on combatting sports manipulations

The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the integrity unit of the World Lottery Association (WLA) has announced a cooperation agreement with Europol, the law European Union’s law enforcement agency. Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at The Hague, GLMS and Europol entities have agreed to share data and information on sports competitions and related organised crime investigations. GLMS and Europol …

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William Hill appoints Phil Walker as UK digital lead

FTSE250 betting group, William Hill has confirmed the appointment of Phil Walker as its new UK & Ireland Online Managing Director. Walker was formerly Managing Director of Sports Brands at Ladbrokes Coral with responsibility for marketing services across the merged group. He joins William Hill’s senior management team from his current role as Group Chief Operating Officer of the Gibraltar Stock …

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UKGC calls for drastic improvements in pub under-age machine monitoring

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sent a letter to a number of nation-wide pub and hospitality trade associations detailing its concerns that venues are not protecting under-age consumers from engaging with gaming machines. Working with local licensing authorities, the UKGC has carried out tests on a sample of pubs within England, which indicate that ‘almost 90% failed to prevent …

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