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Rodchenkov Russian doping expose wins William Hill SBOTY2020 award

‘The Rodchenkov Affair’, a riveting account of Russia’s state-backed doping programme by whistleblower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, has won William Hill’s ‘Sports Book of the Year’ (#SBOTY2020) award. William Hill’s judging panel, chaired by The Times sports journalist Alyson Rudd, stated that there was “simply no contest for the top honour given the stunning revelations, captivating narrative and far-reaching effects of …

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Flutter orders full buyout of FanDuel shareholding

Flutter Entertainment has secured its majority shareholding in US wagering subsidiary FanDuel after agreeing to acquire the 37.2% interest held by the ‘Fastball’ consortium for $4.17 billion (£3.1bn).  The transaction will see Flutter increase its majority shareholding in FanDuel from 58% to 95% – as the FTSE100 operator triggers an early buyout clause to increase its interest in its flagship …

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National Lottery Community Fund awards £20m in climate change grants

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded £19.5m in grants to local projects and community organisations fighting climate change and reducing environmental damage across the UK. Distributed over the past four months, National Lottery funding has been allocated to community projects focused on environmental sustainability in key areas such as energy reduction, food production, biofriendly transport, waste management and recycling, as …

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BGC praises results of COVID action plan 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Since the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) ‘COVID action plan’, the industry’s unified trade body states that the number of safer gambling messages displayed on gambling sites ‘has more than doubled in just six months’. The 10-pledge plan was initially unveiled at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and set out the new standards …

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BetMakers leads €34m pursuit of Sportech to supercharge global outlook

BetMakers Technology Group has this morning communicated that it has reached a ‘binding agreement’ with the board of Sportech Plc to acquire the company for AUS $56.2 (€34m) valuation, undertaken on a cash-free / debt-free basis. The ASX-listed technology group will acquire all Sportech US, European and UK assets and IPs, establishing the company as the leading global supplier of …

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Nigel Railton comes under political fire over u-18 lottery ban

Camelot CEO Nigel Railton has been criticised for stating that it could take up to a year for the UK National Lottery operator to impose a nationwide under-18s ban on playing National Lottery products.   Speaking as part of a recent All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) session, Railton disclosed that there are a series of ‘logistical challenges’ to enforcing such a measure, …

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Sportsbet broadcasts British and Irish racing through SIS and RMG deal

Sportsbet broadcasts British and Irish racing through SIS and RMG deal

Racecourse Media Group (RMG) and Sports Information Services (SIS) have formalised a multi-year streaming and marketing content arrangement with Sportsbet Australia, allowing the operator to broadcast and take bets on British and Irish racing The deal will see British and Irish thoroughbred racing – which is shown on Tabcorp’s (TAB) SKY Racing network on the TAB app, in venues and …

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Sunday Times award ushers the ‘Doyle Era’ for racing

Champion jockey Hollie Doyle has won ‘The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year’ award, having been recognised as a pioneer on course to become the face of global horseracing. In her third year on the pro-racing circuit, Doyle (24) secured a record-breaking 135 wins from 900 races (15% strike rate), ranked as the fifth-best jockey by GB Racing – the …

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Svenska Spel trials ‘coupon free’ paperless purchase as next retail innovation 

Svenska Spel trials ‘coupon free’ paperless purchase as next retail innovation 

Svenska Spel has partnered with Swedish convenience store operator Pressbyrån to launch its new pilot project testing the capacity of ‘coupon free’ national lottery ticket purchasing for Swedish retailers.  Across four Pressbyrån stores located in Stockholm, Jönköping, Östersund and Kalmar, Svenska Spel will test out its new ‘coupon free’ in-store functionalities allowing a paper-free customer to instantly select their national …

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OPAP Q3 bounce back hurt by continued lottery declines

OPAP Q3 bounce back hurt by continued lottery declines

OPAP SA has recorded a stable Q3 2020 trading period, as the Athens-listed gambling group continues to side with caution in steering all operating units ‘towards business normality’.   Publishing its Q3 2020 trading update for the three-month period ending 30 September, OPAP recorded a marginal 0.7% decrease in group revenues to €391 million, driven by the strong comeback of its …

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