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GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes

GVC Holdings looks forward to a further year of working with SportsAid, following the success of its first year partnering with the charity in supporting and developing ‘Britain’s next generation of top athletes’. In 2019, SportsAid was announced as one of the beneficiary charities of the FTSE100 firm’s newly formed ‘GVC Foundation’, providing a £2 million ‘community fund’ for its …

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Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits

Lotteritilsynet, Norway’s lottery and gambling inspectorate, has confirmed that it has provided NOK 30 million (€3m) in direct relief for ‘volunteer organisations’ to help Norwegian communities overcome COVID-19 impacts.  This summer, Lotteritilsynet launched a ‘crisis fund’ allowing non-profits and volunteer groups to secure direct funding, helping organisations continue to provide vital support for Norway’s vulnerable communities.    Updating the media, Lotteritilsynet …

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Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has named Mark Moisley as its new Executive Commercial Director, who will be tasked with overseeing ‘the development and implementation of greyhound racing’s new commercial strategy’. As part of his new role, Moisley will work alongside stadia and stakeholders across the sport to raise the profile of greyhound racing, widen its appeal to …

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Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO

Richard FitzGerald, the chief executive officer of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), has confirmed that he will step down from the position after nearly 12 years in the role. Having joined RMG in 2008, FitzGerald has been responsible for a decade of year-on-year increases in licence fees payable to its racecourse shareholders. In addition, he oversaw the relaunch of Racing UK …

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BGC dismisses ‘arbitrary’ deposit limits in SMF report

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at proposals made by The Social Market Foundation (SMF) which called for new caps on player deposits. The report by the cross-party think-tank claimed that it is ‘inevitable that gamblers will sometimes spend more than they can afford’. In response to the report which was presented to MPs, the BGC highlighted …

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HBLB anticipates 40% drop in Levy reserves

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has confirmed that reserves held to support the sport through difficult times will be 40% lower than pre-pandemic levels. Reported by The Guardian, the Board’s chief executive Alan Delmonte revealed that reserves are predicted to be around £30 million by the end of December, having been around £50 million in March. “That shows you …

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IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m

International Game Technology (IGT) cited the ‘intense impact’ of casino and gaming hall closures on its business, as the New York-listed gambling technology group recorded H1 2020 operating losses of $291 million. Absorbing Q2 double-digit declines across its core business segments of lotteries, International, North America and Italy, IGT recorded a 48% decline in revenues, falling from $1.23 billion in …

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SIS inks new partnership with RETAbet

Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has enhanced its footprint in the Spanish and Latin America markets by entering into a partnership with Ekasa Reta’s flagship brand, RETAbet. Under the agreement, SIS will deliver its 24/7 Live Betting Channels, which will feature a mix of global horse and greyhound racing. This will provide RETAbet with ‘profitable …

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John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support

John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank Group Plc, has stated that the government has not followed its own public health orders and further scientific measures by choosing to keep UK casinos venues under lockdown. Dominating industry headlines, last Friday PM Boris Johnson repealed the government’s decision to allow English casino venues to reopen on Saturday 1 August. PM Johnson told …

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ARC confirms Belle Vue closure

Following a consultation, Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed that Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium will close down with employees of the track due to be made redundant. The closure of the Manchester track has been on the cards for some time after a Manchester Planning and Highways committee approved proposals to close Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in December 2019, with …

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