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ICSS ‘integrity hotline’ gives snapshot of global reach of sports corruption

Publishing its first report, the International Centre for Sports Security’s (ICSS) ‘Sports Integrity Hotline (SI Hotline)’ reveals that it has received more than 240 incidents of corruption, reporting allegations of match-fixing, fraud and sexual abuse. ICSS established its hotline in 2018, providing athletes and sports stakeholders a ‘secure whistleblower platform’ for reporting sports misconducts. In its first report, the SI …

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NatWest launches GamCare ‘walk-in consultation’ pilot scheme

UK retail bank NatWest in collaboration with GamCare is set to trial a ‘ground-breaking’ pilot scheme offering counselling sessions to vulnerable/addicted customers inside its high-street branches. NatWest is set to launch the GamCare pilot scheme across 13 branches based in London, the South East and Midlands of England. The bank’s chosen outlets will allow any person to walk-in and book …

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Genting begins £1.6m upgrade of Glasgow property

Genting UK has sanctioned a  £1.6 million renovation of its Glasgow Sauchiehall Street casino property, which it is said will see a “complete revamp of one of the city’s most popular gaming venues”. Work on Genting Casino Glasgow is currently underway with the entity to continue to operate as normal during the refurbishment, as a completion date towards the end of next month is …

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IOC enforces betting code for Tokyo 2020

Hosting its third ‘International Forum on Sports Integrity’ (IFSI), governance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a series of new cooperative measures strengthening global sports integrity. The IOC’s integrity forum sees more than 100 diverse stakeholders, representing all functions of sports, cooperate and share knowledge in strengthening integrity disciplines. Gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the …

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RMG renews broadcast partnership with Meydan Dubai

Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has extended its contract with the Meydan Group to provide production and distribution of the next two full horseracing seasons at the course for a further two years. The season is now underway and culminates with the prestigious $35 million Dubai World Cup card on 28 March 2020 – recognised as the most international and valuable day’s racing. Timeline Television will …

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Valencia moves to revamp its autonomous gambling code

Valencia becomes the latest Spanish autonomous region to update its laws governing gambling establishments operating within its municipality. Concluding its plenary session, Valencia’s municipal government ‘Generalitat Valenciana‘ confirmed that it had given approval to drafting the ‘Ley del Juego’ bill, moving to establish measures preventing minors from accessing gambling halls and implementing further support programs tackling problem gambling. In its …

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Tabcorp governance survives investor AGM backlash

Tabcorp Holdings governance has survived a bruising annual general meeting (AGM), in which the firm’s corporate governance and executive leadership were questioned by frustrated investors of the ASX-listed gambling group. AGM voting saw 35% of Tabcorp shareholders oppose the re-election of Paula Dwyer as corporate chairman, extending her tenure for a further two-years. Further investor upheaval saw 37% of Tabcorp …

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UKGC publishes ‘Marketing Workshop’ knowledge findings

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published the findings and recommendations of its first ‘Co-creation Workshop’, an event in which industry marketing stakeholders shared their knowledge and experience in adjusting to the UK’s new advertising standards. Hosted on 12 September, the UKGC Workshop heard feedback from marketing leaders with regards to complying with new UK advertising requirements related to promotions, …

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Italy’s new coalition hikes taxes again on machine revenues

No respite will be offered to Italian gambling incumbents, as the newly installed 5Star-DP coalition government confirms the fourth set of tax hikes on gaming machines sanctioned over the past year. Inbound with 5Star-DP’s first ‘Budget Law’ decree, Italian gambling faces an increase in video lottery terminals (VLT) turnover tax to 9% – formerly set at 7.9%. Meanwhile, arcade operators …

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UK not leaving EU on October 31 trading on exchanges at 97%

Punters have shown little faith in PM Boris Johnson passing his Brexit deal in Parliament before the 31st October, with the possibility of a deal being reached currently trading at 3% on the Smarkets betting exchange.  Johnson continues to face an uphill battle in Westminster, having lost a succession of important votes since taking up the role of Prime Minister.  …

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