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BHA outlines plans to resume racing ‘at the earliest possible opportunity’

British Horseracing Authority (BHA) CEO Nick Rust has emphasised that ‘racing will not be beaten’ by the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in the widespread cancellation of race meetings across the UK. Issuing a statement on the outbreak, senior executives from the BHA, Racecourse Association (RCA), National Trainers Federation (NTF) and the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) have published the details …

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Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes

Following the decision to move greyhound racing behind closed doors, pool betting operator Colossus Bets has backed a number of kennel sweepstakes events at Central Park. Starting next week, heats will be staged on the Kent track’s SIS-covered Monday and Tuesday cards with the finals live on RPGTV on Sunday night. The operator was initially due to sponsor the longstanding …

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UK Gambling not eligible for emergency business rates relief

In light of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s package of new measures to support UK businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has since been confirmed that betting shops and casinos will not qualify for relief in business rates. Backed by PM Boris Johnson, Sunak announced that the Treasury department had reserved £330 billion in business loans (equivalent to 15% of GDP) to …

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UKGC maintains National Lottery tender timetable

Amid fast-changing COVID-19 developments, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has detailed that it will maintain its fourth National Lottery competition timeline. International and domestic suitors had detailed concerns that the National Lottery tender would be delayed or postponed by the Commission in view of UK  COVID-19 disruptions. Issuing a statement to SBC, the Gambling Commission said: “We are carefully monitoring …

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English football suspension extended until 30 April 

The FA has confirmed that English football has collectively agreed to extend the postponement for all-levels of the professional play until Thursday 30 April.  The postponement has been agreed upon by The FA, Premier League, EFL and Women’s professional game, with the directive accepted by the PFA and LMA. English football has undertaken this decision facing ‘unprecedented times’ as UK …

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EveryMatrix increases virtual sports offering via CasinoEngine

EveryMatrix

EveryMatrix has expanded its collection of virtual sports to increase the number of entertainment options for gaming operators, build new revenue streams and keep players connected despite the cancellation of sports events worldwide. The selection of top virtual sports providers for EveryMatrix includes Global Bet, Betradar, Kiron, NSoft, Golden Race and Leap Gaming, with more to be integrated soon.  The …

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UKGC invokes COVID-19 guidance for licence holders

In response to widespread concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued new guidance to its licensees. Following advice issued by Public Health England, the UKGC has invoked its ‘well-practised and comprehensive Business Continuity Plan’ which is hoped to minimise the effect of the pandemic on the Commission’s regulatory work and wider services. Outlined in its …

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No matches, no problem: Sportradar delivers year-round MLB engagement

MLB

At an exclusive roundtable meeting last summer, SBC Magazine learned that Sportradar and Major League Baseball (MLB) would be developing and distributing exciting new products, which included an extension of the in-game betting markets available. However, we were unaware at the time that this official data partnership would produce a new virtual baseball offering for licensed gaming operators in the …

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Refocused Sportech loses shine on Stamford impairment 

Sportech Plc is confident that its expanded product portfolio will help it through the uncertainty of COVID-19, following a year of vital transformations across the company. Publishing its full-year 2019 results, the firm recorded a 2% group revenue increase to £65 million (FY2018: £63.5m) by optimising its cash-generating assets and operations.  Product upgrades saw Sportech confirm ‘service growth’ for its …

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BGC backs Treasury measures to protect UK business

UK gambling trade body, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s economic package, which provides struggling businesses with access to a £330 billion government-backed fund providing loans to overcome COVID-19 disruptions.  Yesterday afternoon, Sunak pledged that the UK Treasury would ‘do whatever it takes’, providing a total of £350 billion in economic support to help UK …

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