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Jessica Meech and Sam Moncur join RITA leadership

New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) has strengthened its executive leadership team (ELT) after confirming the appointments of Jessica Meech and Sam Moncur. Meech will join the company’s executive team as its new General Counsel on a secondment basis, transitioning from her role as Head of Risk & Regulatory Affairs. Meanwhile, Moncur will serve as the leadership team’s new …

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FACUA lambasts Spanish advertising decree for maintaining football sponsorships

Spain’s long-awaited Royal Decree on Advertising is expected to cut gambling communications by 80 per cent, with the country’s government seeking to clamp down on a variety of betting-related marketing activities. The left-wing coalition, formed by the PSOE and Podemos parties, is expected to tighten restrictions on betting advertising channels after claiming that the gambling industry was ‘over-exposed to young audiences’. Market critics cite …

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SportCaller teams up with Virgin Bet to launch LiveScore6

Free-to-play (FTP) sports-game specialist SportCaller has secured a new partnership with Virgin Bet which will see its latest predictor game LiveScore6 launched exclusively with the operator. The game will give punters the chance to predict scores from six predefined games across the weekend football fixtures, with rewards available via Virgin Bet’s ‘scaled points system’ for each correct prediction. SportCaller MD …

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Louise Agran: Spotlight rebrand moves Racing Post beyond its legacy barriers

Entering a new decade, Racing Post Group made the decision to rebrand its corporate identity to ‘Spotlight Sports Group’ in a bid to better reflect its enlarged enterprise and new business services. Leading the realignment of five distinct business units into one core brand, SBC spoke to Spotlight Chief Marketing Officer Louise Agran about delivering a key project for all Spotlight stakeholders …

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Betting on Sports Europe to address industry’s looming crisis

Betting on Sports Europe 2020

What can the sports betting industry do to avert an industry-wide crisis across Europe will be a key theme at this year’s Betting on Sports Europe conference, being held at Stamford Bridge on 2-4 June.  The conference will take place against a backdrop of the sports betting industry coming under fire from both politicians and the media, with the criticism …

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GPA proposes ban on gambling adverts during live GAA broadcasts

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has reached out to representatives of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), calling for a ban on gambling adverts during live broadcasts of gaelic football and hurling.  The players’ body has called for a ban to be written into GAA rules, with a motion currently prepared for GAA Congress this weekend. If successful, the proposal will …

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Brazil sends football envoy to learn Spanish betting safeguards

A special delegation of Brazilian politicians and football executives will travel to Spain next week to research the country’s legislative frameworks governing sports betting. The envoy will be led by Rodrigo Maia, President of Brazil’s Chamber of Duties, and Reinaldo Carneiro Bastos, President of the São Paulo Football Federation. During the visit, Brazilian executives will research Spanish football’s safeguards related …

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Short Sellers target UK betting’s regulatory exposure

City news sources report that an £80 million bet has been placed against GVC Holdings, believing that the FTSE250 betting group’s share price will significantly devalue within the coming weeks. The short position against GVC has been taken by Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel, a $32 billion fund led by renowned activist investor Ken Griffin. Citadel analysts have confidence in betting …

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Golden Nugget adds sports betting to Scientific Games deal

Leading US casino operator Golden Nugget has chosen to utilise the full OpenSports product suite from Scientific Games including managed trading services from Don Best Sports. The deployment of OpenSports will start with mobile sports betting in New Jersey, while additional states will be included pending regulation. There is also an option to roll out OpenSports in retail locations across …

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BGC chooses Kevin Schofield as communications and digital lead

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has strengthened its senior leadership team after confirming that Kevin Schofield has been appointed as Director of Communications and Digital. Schofield will join the BGC later this year, having accrued over 25 years experience in journalism by working at a range of media outlets including The Scotsman, The Herald, Daily Record and The Sun. …

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