Retail

Labour wants to extend UK betting levy for grass root sports

Britain’s Labour Party announced it was considering imposing new tax levies on online betting and Premier League TV incomes, in order to support grass root sports in the UK.  The Party issued a public mandate on Thursday, outlining measures and policy ideas to raise capital for UK sports. The Labour Party, leading in national opinion polls before next May’s national …

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Queens prize horse tests positive for banned substances

The Queen’s Estimate filly, winner of last year’s Ascot Gold Cup, has tested positive for banned substance morphine. The British Horseracing Authority said that a number of post-race samples obtained from recent meets have found, upon analysis of the ‘A’ samples, to have morphine, prohibited under raceday regulations. Although permitted for use in-training, five horses have so far tested positive for alleged race day breaches. The …

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SIS launches betting ‘easy guides’

LBO broadcaster SIS is trialling a new series of short promotional videos on its FACTS service in an effort to help bookmakers boost the popularity of key bet-types. The collection – called ‘My Favourite Bets’ – feature two bet-types which are seen as fun for punters, have potentially high returns and offer a better margin for operators. The bet-types – …

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AFL searches for new betting partnership

Melbourne newspaper The Age reports that the AFL will consider a new gambling partnership, once their existing Tabcorp deal expires. It’s believed that BetEasy or William Hill Australia could be lined up to replace the wagering and gaming giant, whose brands include the likes of TAB in NSW and Victoria. However, Chief Operating Officer Craig Nugent believes the firm is in a strong position to extend the contract beyond 2015, with rumours …

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A BET A upgrades the Tote Pool to Tote Express

A Bet A has finalised a deal to allow British and Northern Irish bookmakers to bet into the UK Tote pool with their new integration: Tote Express. The specialist supplier, who service operators in the UK and Ireland as well as 22 global territories, has released new software which will go live later this month. In doing so, it will allow …

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HRI publishes Irish horseracing industry stats

Irish horseracing industry statistics for the first half of 2014 report improvement across many areas with yearly increases in bloodstock sales, racecourse attendances, new owners, Tote turnover and prize-money. However, the number of active owners remains a concern, according to Horse Racing Ireland.Bloodstock sales at public auction grew for the fifth consecutive time with turnover up by almost 42 per cent …

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NY Giants John Mara opposes New Jersey’s attempts to legalize sports betting

New York Giants Co-owner John Mara has stated his opposition to New Jersey attempts to legalise sports betting. In a public address John Mara stated that the New York Giants management would oppose to back any attempts by New Jersey senators and representatives to legalise sports betting within their state. Mara has further expressed that his stance is supported by other …

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Japan to set up special sports corruption unit ahead of Tokyo 2020

The Japanese government has announced plans to set up a special policing unit to monitor and investigate corruption threats to its nations sporting bodies. Government officials confirmed that multiple government agencies would co-operate with the special unit in order to fight sports corruption in Japan and potential threats from abroad ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japan’s ruling party the …

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John Haddock promoted to Betfred CEO

Betfred managing director John Haddock has been promoted to the role of CEO. Haddock has been with the firm over 30 years and helped oversee the organisation’s huge expansion, going from c450 betting shops in 2004 to almost 1,400 today. The CEO chair has been vacant since Trevor Beaumont’s departure two years ago. Haddock told the Racing Post: “I’m delighted …

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Industry companies form Gambling Business Group

A new gambling focused trade organisation has emerged from the old Business in Sport & Leisure (BISL) association. The Gambling Business Group (GBG) launched last week in London and already boasts a membership of 50 comprising many of the most influential organisations in gaming. GBG, which encompasses Pub, Bingo, AGC, FEC, Online, LBO and Casino sectors, is headed up by …

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