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Peter Woodfine: Vermantia – Servicing a cashless wonderland

Omni-channel content provider Vermantia picked up the SBC award for Best Virtual Sport Product last month. Entering 2019, Business Development Director Peter Woodfine has his eye on the efficient delivery of live content and how customers will prefer to make transactions and collect their winnings… _______________________ When I was over in the UK recently, I saw a story on the …

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Black Type COO, Stephen Davison: Maximising racing’s expansion

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Black Type is looking to build on a positive 2018 and benefit from a rejuvenated digital approach in the year ahead. We spoke to the operator’s new COO, Stephen Davison on how the brand is looking to elevate its digital offering in 2019, as well as what the changes in racing broadcasting mean for Black Type. SBC: Can you detail …

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William Hill appoints Robin Terrell as corporate Audit & Risk chair

FTSE bookmaker William Hill has moved to restructure its governance executive frameworks, confirming that Robin Terrell has been promoted as new chair of the firm’s corporate Audit & Risk Management Committee. Effective from 4 March 2019, Terrell will replace current Audit Chair David Lowden, who as previously announced will step down from the bookmaker’s board by March 2019. A commercial …

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Star Sports launches ‘Star Recruitment’ for globally changing sector

Seeking to diversify its business services, independent betting group Star Sports has announced the launch of its new industry recruitment vertical – ‘Star Recruitment’ (starrecruitment.bet). The new division, which will provide staffing solutions for the global gambling industry, is led by sector resourcing and talent development veteran Simon Banks who will serve Chief Executive (CEO) of the new Star Sports …

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David Armstrong appointed as new Racecourse Association Chief Executive

Ex-Wasps CEO David Armstrong has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for the Racecourse Association (RCA), bringing with him a wealth of expertise from across the sporting world. Armstrong is set to take up the position full-time as of 11 March. He joins the RCA after a three year tenure as Group CEO of Rugby Union team, Wasps. During …

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Search continues for Richard Scudamore’s successor

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Senior executive of the Premier League, Tim Davie, has become the second person to turn down an offer to succeed Richard Scudamore as the league’s new head. The Premier League have been on the lookout for a leadership replacement after inbound incumbent Susanna Dinnage unexpectedly reneged on the offer. Dinnage backtracked on the new role three weeks ago despite being …

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RCA admits unauthorised drone use gives punters an unfair edge on betting exchanges

Racecourse officials have joined efforts to clamp-down on the unauthorised use of drones, as recent reports have suggested that images shot using a drone can be used to give punters placing in-running bets an unfair advantage. Racing content streamed via TV channels is often delayed by several seconds, but drone images can be streamed instantly, gaining punters a strategic advantage …

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Strengthened digital portfolio helps GVC deliver above ‘2018 consensus’

The Governance of FTSE100 GVC Holdings has this morning published its pre-close full-year 2018 trading statement, detailing that it anticipates delivering an FY EBITDA in the range of £750-755m – ‘ahead of current market consensus’. Completing a landmark year for its business, having merged and integrated the assets of Ladbrokes Coral, GVC governance points to strong growth across its enlarged …

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A no-deal brexit would be detrimental for British horse racing industry, warns Goffs’ chairman

The UK Chairman of Bloodstock sales group Goffs, Henry Beeby, has warned MPs that allowing a no-deal Brexit to occur will have adverse effects on the breeding and racing industries in the UK. Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed deal suffered an overwhelming defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday, which has dented hopes for a secure future in the …

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Sportradar launches ‘ad:s’ range of full marketing services

Sports data, insights and analysis provider, Sportradar, will launch its new full-service marketing suite for sports betting stakeholders, ‘ad:s’ – which aims to streamline business operations, delivering better defined/tailored marketing strategies. The service will provide bookmakers with a plethora of marketing solutions that aim to eradicate waste and whilst optimising ‘targeted spend’ dynamics on verifiable prospects that produce measurable results for sector …

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