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Matchroom Sport agrees multi-year ITV broadcast deal

Matchroom Sport has secured a deal with ITV, which will see some of darts and snooker’s flagship events broadcast on the free-to-air terrestrial network. Some of the flagship events from darts and snooker will be broadcast on free-to-air terrestrial network television, following a deal between Matchroom Sport and ITV.  The contract, that was also signed by the Professional Darts Corporation …

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MGM ends Entain speculation by withdrawing all offers

MGM Resorts International has this afternoon communicated that following ‘careful consideration’ it will not submit a revised offer for Entain Plc. The confirmation ends weeks of speculation surrounding the proposed takeover, which saw MGM’s initial offer of 0.6 MGM shares for each Entain share, representing a value of 1,383 pence per share and a premium of 22% to the company’s …

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The Jockey Club undergoes senior commercial reshuffle

The commercial department of  The Jockey Club has undergone an overhaul, with the organisation naming Charlie Boss as its new Chief Commercial Officer in one of three new appointments. The former Disney Commercial Director for sports in Europe and Africa will work closely with The Jockey Club’s Chief Executive, Nevin Truesdale, in his new role. Boss joined Disney in 2018 …

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Novibet enlists AllSported for racing makeover

Greek betting group Novibet will elevate its horseracing market provisions and risk management capacities by integrating the AllSported trading solution across its entire sportsbook digital portfolio (website and app). The bookmaker has agreed to deploy the AllSported racebook as its lead solution for pricing and the risk management of its horseracing markets.    Launched in 2019, AllSported is the customised global …

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Royal Ascot’s ‘massive’ seven-race cards welcomed by bookmakers

Royal Ascot ‘massive’ seven-race cards welcomed by bookmakers

Royal Ascot has made the decision to expand its race card to seven meetings a day, in a move which has been well received by betting industry figures. The Copper Horse Stakes, the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes and the Golden Gates Stakes flat races were fixed to the venue’s week long event last year. This was followed by the inclusion …

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Pronet Gaming: It pays to stay alert to live sports changes

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As disruption to the live sports calendar continues, Pronet Gaming Sportsbook and Trading Director Thomas Molloy examines what lessons the industry has learned from last year.  The shockwaves that resounded from last year’s shutdown of elite sport across the globe still resonate. Leagues and events that would in normal times be enjoyed by millions, not only inside stadiums but also …

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SAZKA appoints tech guru Brent Hoberman as National Lottery bid advisor

Brent Hoberman (CBE) has become the latest business figurehead to join the ‘UK advisory board’ for SAZKA Group, providing support and guidance to Sir Keith Mills’ bid team competing to win the Fourth National Lottery Licence. Recognised as one of the UK’s most successful digital entrepreneurs, Hoberman will join SAZKA’s bid advisory chaired by former Sainsbury’s Plc chief executive Justin …

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BGC highlights industry’s safety record in ‘A Safer Bet’ animation

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new animation, ‘A Safer Bet,’ in which the gambling industry standards body highlights the UK industry’s safety record and economic contribution. In the video, the BGC argues that the UK’s gambling market is one of the safest in the world, and warns against overregulation by the government. In particular, the BGC …

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US investor demands that Entain revise £250m Enlabs offer 

Entain Plc faces a shareholder clash in its £250 million pursuit to acquire leading Baltics online gambling group Enlabs AB. Texas hedge fund Alta Fox Capital Management, the owner of 3.3% of Enlabs shareholding, has said that it will refuse to sell any shares to Entain at the recommended offer of SEK 40 (£3.50) per share. Led by US investor …

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Sky Bet pulls Commentator Bingo market following Twitter backlash

Sky Bet terminated its novelty ‘Commentator Bingo’ betting market ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United vs Liverpool after Twitter users highlighted a number of concerns.  The novelty market allowed punters to bet on the ‘exact words and phrases’ used by Sky Football matchday commentators Martin Tyler, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. Twitter users expressed their disbelief that …

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