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Entain and ARC form media JV to revitalise greyhound racing’s appeal

Entain Plc will revamp its live racing offering across its entire sportsbook portfolio having secured an exclusive long-term media rights partnership with Arena Racing Company (ARC).  The exclusive partnership will see ARC deliver a new range of horseracing and greyhound media products for its UK flagship sportsbook unit of Ladbrokes Coral, as well as for its digital betting brands of …

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SBC Webinars and GiG present The Digital Transformation Journey

The Digital Transformation Journey webinar

The SBC Webinars series continues on Tuesday 23 March when GiG presents The Digital Transformation Journey, an in-depth look at how to create a seamless player experience across an operator’s retail sites and online offering.  The session will examine each key stage of the process from the initial design and implementation of a tailored omnichannel solution to the ongoing managed …

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Cheltenham Festival attracts record viewership on first day

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 has attracted record viewership on only its first day, with both the average and peak audience up significantly on the previous year. ITV Racing drew in an average of 1.1 million viewers, with a total of 1.5 million tuning in to watch the Champions Hurdle, won by Rachel Blackmore, riding the hugely anticipated Irish racehorse Honeysuckle. …

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Caledonia sells majority stake in Buzz Bingo to ICG for a nominal amount

FTSE250 Caledonia Investments has disclosed that it has sold its majority stake in Buzz Bingo to asset management fund Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) for a ‘nominal amount’. The London private investment trust has served as Buzz Bingo majority shareholder since 2015 – acquiring the Gala Bingo brand for £240 million ahead of previous owner Gala Coral’s merger with Ladbrokes Plc. …

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Entain board appoints Mark Gregory as chair of remuneration

Entain Plc has continued to restructure its corporate governance team after confirming the appointment of Mark Gregory as an Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.  Gregory has been appointed as the Chair of the FTSE100 group’s remuneration committee and will also hold a seat on the audit and nomination committees. An expert in corporate finance, business transformation and M&A, Gregory …

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Simon Johnson joins SIS as new Chair

Simon Johnson joins SIS as new Chair

Simon Johnson, the current Chair of the Rugby Football League, has been selected as the new Chair of SIS (Sports Information Services). Johnson will bring with him a wealth of senior leadership experience to the position, which SIS believes will help strengthen the supplier’s position within the global betting industry. Richard Ames, CEO of SIS, said: “The appointment of Simon …

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Betting brands set for 2021 Cheltenham sponsorship boost

Betting brands sponsoring this year’s Cheltenham Festival are set to benefit from increased exposure, with the event forecast to pull in its biggest viewing audience in 10 years due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures compiled by Nielsen Sports. The sports measurement and analytics firm also estimated that over £500 million is expected to be wagered on races during …

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Entain appoints Lt Gen Davis as first Foundation chairman

Entain Plc has appointed Lieutenant General Ed Davis (CBE), the former Governor of Gibraltar, as the first independent chair of the ‘Entain Foundation’ leading the FTSE100’s global sustainability and social responsibility duties. Lt Gen Davis, who ended his tenure as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar in 2020, will lead the governance oversight of the Entain Foundation – which is formalising …

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Neil McArthur resigns as Gambling Commission CEO

Neil McArthur

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this afternoon sent a communication to stakeholders announcing that Neil McArthur has resigned from duties as Chief Executive of the regulator. McArthur has chosen to end his 15-year tenure with the Commission, having joined in 2006 as a legal advisor, raising up the ranks to become Chief Executive in 2018 replacing Sarah Harrison (MBE).  …

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Entain stands by Pitching In commitment despite Trident Leagues season cancellation

Entain Plc will maintain its ‘Pitching In’ grassroots football and community funding scheme, despite the 2020/2021 season abandonment ordered by its Trident Leagues partners. The assurance comes following the decision of the Trident Leagues Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues to prematurely conclude their seasons due to COVID-19’s impact on staging fixtures. In addition, the cancellation follows Entain making its …

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