Italy

AgiproNews Italian View: Can new faces commit to Italy’s hazardous playground

Amid a frantic Italian gambling scene, in which its incumbents make drastic adjustments to a new tax regime and tougher regulatory demands imposed by the Lega-5Star coalition government, this February Italy’s ADM published its updated online licensee registry. In 2019, Italy’s online gambling marketplace will accommodate 66 licensed operators, as the Italian tax authority secures €13.2 million in licensing concessions, …

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AGCM issues fine to Sky Italia following Serie A marketing violations

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The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) has issued a €7m (£6.1m) fine to Sky Italia after the pay-television broadcaster was found to have violated the country’s Consumer Code on more than one occasion. AGCM ruled that Sky Italia had failed to market its broadcasting rights to Serie A, the top Italian division of football, on two occasion by suggesting that its …

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Odds shorten on May departure reports Ladbrokes Coral

Brexit has continued to take hold of British politics, with Ladbrokes Coral reporting that odds have shortened on a potential Theresa May departure in May 2019. With only 36 days until the UK is due to formally leave the European Union (EU), MPs are still struggling to gauge any clear idea as to what will actually happen when 29 March eventually arrives. …

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SKS365 appoints Bepi Pezzulli as corporate legal counsel

Continuing its senior executive restructure, Italian betting group SKS365 has confirmed the appointment of Giuseppe “Bepi” Pezzulli as new General Counsel. Pezzulli takes charge of SKS365 legal representation and corporate compliance frameworks, following this January’s departure of former incumbent Angela Gemma, who retired from SKS365’s executive management team alongside departing Chief Executive Ian McLoughlin. A seasoned legal executive in corporate …

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Lega-5Star ‘ready to move’ on amateur sports wagering blackout

Speaking to national media, Lega MP Giancarlo Giorgetti – Italy’s current undersecretary for sports – has stated that the Lega-5Star coalition government will likely implement a ban on amateur sports wagering. Giorgetti underlines that Lega-5Star’s ‘Dignity Decree’ mandate on reforming Italian society has solely impacted betting/gambling operators at a market level, but that tougher policies are needed to wipe-out sports …

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Lega-5Star toughens policing code against gambling bad actors

As anticipated the Lega-5Star coalition government has turned up the heat on illegal gambling enterprises and black-market actors, moving to introduce Italy’s hardest stance on unlicensed gambling activities. Last week the Italian assembly confirmed that the government could move forward with its tax charge increases across all gambling verticals, announced during the year-end close of 2018. In its update, Lega-5Star …

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Eleven Sports hands over UK Serie A rights

Speculation over the future of Eleven Sports in the UK was elevated this week as the OTT platform handed rights to Serie A and Eredivisie over to Premier Sports. The loss of Serie A, will be viewed as a major setback for the online streaming service, with the league being one of the platform’s main attractions. A statement released by Eleven Sports said: “Regrettably, some content including Serie A and …

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Italian Senate undertakes first moves at classifying & clarifying Blockchain

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Seeking to expand its regulatory frameworks for new technology disciplines, the Italian Senate Committee for Corporate Affairs has approved the nation’s first blockchain focused legislative directives. The draft mandate aims to deliver an initial legislative framework for technologies and IT systems, which operate financial transactions/engagements/exchanges through decentralised registries, ledgers or crypto-based protocols. Developing its first legislative proposals, the Italian Senate …

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Paul Fox – Smart Inter Milan plays open new Asian horizons for LeTou

Paul Fox, Chief Executive of Asian focused online gambling operator LeTou has proclaimed a positive and progressive first six months for the betting brand’s key partnership with Serie A football team Internazionale Milan. Back in August 2018, Philippines based LeTou extended its European football sponsorship portfolio becoming the ‘Official Asia Gaming Partner’ of the Nerazzurri, securing its biggest sports partnership …

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Betaland returns to business having been granted Galassia concession

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OIA Services LTD, the Malta-based holding company of Italian betting operators ‘Betaland’ and ‘Enjoybet’ has been allowed by magistrates to unfreeze its business verticals. Both Betaland and Enjoybet brands had been placed under investigation by the joint ‘Galassia’ taskforce formed by the Italian police and financial authorities’ investigating multiple charges of corruption, fraud and money-laundering. Since November 2018, the digital …

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