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Benvenuto Freni… New Treasury appointment backs Italian gambling reforms   

A positive political outcome has dawned on Italian gambling as Federico Freni has been appointed the successor of Claudio Durigon as Undersecretary of Italy’s Economic Treasury.  Durigon, who had lobbied for gambling amendments to be reviewed as a measure of Italy’s next Budget Law, was forced to resign last month following controversial statements made in support of the fascist regime …

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Racing duo Bazalgette & Fisher to lead live entertainment disruptor Sweet Nexus

The Jockey Club’s former leadership duo of Simon Bazalgette and Paul Fisher has joined Sweet Nexus, a start-up aiming to disrupt the commercialisation of live rights and IPS for sports, entertainment and music industry stakeholders.    Global Venue Services (GVC), an investment advisory supporting the venture capital phase of Sweet Nexus, disclosed that Fisher had accepted the position of Sweet Nexus …

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Sisal sets 2030 target to be 0% on equality, CO2 and problem gambling

Sisal SPA has published its 12th Sustainability Report outlining its short, medium and long-term commitments to achieving its 2030 CSR objectives. The operator of Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery aims to be global gaming’s first ‘zero problematic players, zero gender pay gap and zero CO2 emissions’ company by 2030. Spearheading its 2030 vision, Sisal has established four working pillars focused on its …

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William Hill seeks new International MD as Patrick Jonker exits transformed business

William Hill has confirmed that Patrick Jonker has departed the company, having chosen to end his tenure as International Managing Director of the heritage betting group. Jonker departs on mutual terms as William Hill’s UK and European units are due to be merged with 888 Holdings – completing the £2.2 billion divestment agreed by Caesars Entertainment and 888 last month. …

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IGT appoints Joe Asher as President of reformed sports betting unit

IGT Plc has confirmed the appointment of former William Hill US CEO Joe Asher as President of its sports betting division, under the firm’s new Digital-&-Betting unit. Effective from 1 October, Asher will report to Enrico Drago, IGT CEO of Digital-&-Betting, and will spearhead the ongoing expansion of the IGT PlaySports sportsbook business in North American markets. “The PlaySports sports …

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Allwyn commits full support to Levelling Up agenda

Allwyn, the UK corporate entity of SAZKA Group has announced it has signed up to Justine Greening’s Levelling Up Goals campaign to help promote equal opportunities in the UK. The Levelling Up Goals alliance brings together a variety of UK universities and businesses together to help track progress made in terms of equal opportunities for jobs in the UK. The partnership helps …

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MERKUR Sportwetten reorganises its tech and online units

Gauselmann Group has announced that it has split its MERKUR Sportwetten unit into two separate departments to optimise the performance of its flagship sportsbook brand across all markets. The DACH market sportsbook’s B2C online unit will now be housed by the ‘Digital Operations Team’ led by Andy Bentley as MERKUR Sportwetten’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bentley was promoted to …

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Entain trials new digitised shop concepts for retail makeover 

Entain Plc has moved to upgrade and digitise the estates of its retail business operating within the UK and Italy. The FTSE100 business embarks on its biggest retail project ever, aiming to transform the betting estates of its Ladbrokes, Coral and Eurobet brands “into contemporary, digital, spaces to enhance the omni-channel experience for customers.”  The firm’s retail makeover has been …

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European Lotteries & ESNGO unite to promote sport for mental health week

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Lottery trade associations The European Lotteries (EL) and The European Sports NGO (ENGSO) recently collaborated for a joint webinar during European Week of Sport (23-30 September) to highlight the importance of sport, mental health and well-being. EL noted that it shares the same core values alongside ESNGO of responsibility, sustainability and integrity and is united in its efforts to promote mental health and well-being through …

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Dearbhla O’Brien put forward to lead Irish Greyhound Racing

The board of Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) has proposed the appointment of Dearbhla O’Brien as new chief executive replacing outgoing incumbent Gerard Dollard. O’Brien’s appointment has been put forward to Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine for approval to lead Irish greyhound racing’s governing body. The GRI’s preferred candidate is the current CEO of WorkandTravel.ie – Ireland’s leading …

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