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Insider Sport: On The Ball – DAZN & BeIN expand their UEFA profile

From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, InsiderSport has you covered. This week’s OTB reports on DAZN acquiring the majority of UCL rights in Germany, BeIN’s acquiring of Euro 2020 French broadcasting rights, LFC’s Nike partnership announcement and an interview with FootballMedia CEO Dean Akinjobi. ___________________ DAZN takes over …

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NSoft business team grows by more than 200% in 2019

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The entire business team for NSoft grew by more than 200% in 2019, after the sports betting software provider made international growth one of its investment priorities for the year. The company’s presence steadily increased in accordance with this international growth action plan. NSoft now has offices in Croatia, SAR, Costa Rica and Singapore, besides the company’s HQ in Mostar …

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Paddy Power named as sponsor of the Irish Gold Cup

Paddy Power has strengthened its commitment to Irish racing after being named as the new sponsor of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown Racecourse. The €250,000 Grade 1 chase, first run in 1987, is considered to be one of the highlights of Dublin Racing Festival and will be run on the second day of the Festival at Leopardstown on Sunday, …

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Roy Barrett takes on ‘formidable challenge’ with new FAI role

Roy Barrett, managing director at Goodbody Stockbrokers, has been unveiled by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) as the board’s new independent chairperson.  Barrett is now set to take over as the chair of the board when current president Donal Conway stands down on 25 January, with FAI board members hopeful that Barrett’s pedigree aids in rescue package discussions with …

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Malta MGA fines Blackrock Media €2.4m for servicing unauthorised transactions

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has sanctioned a €2.4 million penalty charge on Blackrock Media Limited for ‘operating gaming services through a Maltese legal entity without being in possession of the necessary authorisation’. The penalty charge follows a joint investigation undertaken by the MGA and Malta’s Executive Police force, which uncovered that Blackrock Media had processed payments to and from …

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DCMS ‘very angry’ over FA streaming rights deal

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has weighed in on the debate surrounding the Football Association’s streaming rights, with Sports Minister Nigel Adams saying that the government is ‘very angry’ with the current arrangement. Reported by the BBC, Adams has confirmed that the government is due to be holding talks with the FA regarding the sale of its …

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NHS problem gambling clinic opens in Sunderland

Expanding its treatment services across the UK, the NHS’s Northern Gambling Service has opened a new clinic in Sunderland which will focus upon the treatment of problem gambling. The clinic will allow visitors to access support from a consultant psychologist, a consultant psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist and a senior mental health nurse. The clinic’s consultant psychologist Matthew Gaskell said: “Gambling …

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888 debuts ‘Too Much is Too Much’ social responsibility campaign

LSE-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings Plc has emphasised player moderation and the awareness of excessive gambling behaviours through the launch of its new social responsibility campaign – ‘Too Much is Too Much’. 888’s campaign will be initially launched within the UK running from 5-18 January 2020 across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and further digital channels. In its campaign notes, 888 details …

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Svenska Spel backs FSI’s eco-friendly Ski Tour 2020

Svenska Spel has continued its corporate mandate of investing in sports development, after confirming that it has become a principal sponsor of the International Ski Federation‘s (FIS) newly founded ‘Ski Tour 2020’ cross-country skiing championship. Forming part of the FIS World Ski 2019-2020 calendar, Ski Tour 2020 is cross-country skiing’s newly reformed ‘Nordic classic series’ format, hosting its race stages across …

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Global Gaming granted licence review permit following Swedish appeal

Online gambling operator Global Gaming will be able to appeal a decision made by Spelinspektionen last year which saw the revocation of its SafeEnt licence. As confirmed in a statement on its website, the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping will grant a review permit, looking into whether the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision to revoke the licence in June 2019 …

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