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Matchroom Sport agrees multi-year ITV broadcast deal

Matchroom Sport has secured a deal with ITV, which will see some of darts and snooker’s flagship events broadcast on the free-to-air terrestrial network. Some of the flagship events from darts and snooker will be broadcast on free-to-air terrestrial network television, following a deal between Matchroom Sport and ITV.  The contract, that was also signed by the Professional Darts Corporation …

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Royal Ascot’s ‘massive’ seven-race cards welcomed by bookmakers

Royal Ascot ‘massive’ seven-race cards welcomed by bookmakers

Royal Ascot has made the decision to expand its race card to seven meetings a day, in a move which has been well received by betting industry figures. The Copper Horse Stakes, the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes and the Golden Gates Stakes flat races were fixed to the venue’s week long event last year. This was followed by the inclusion …

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Racing dealt another ‘hammer blow’ as DCMS refuses levy review

The Daily Mail has reported that the UK racing industry has been dealt another ‘hammer blow’ after the government has refused to review the duties and timetable of the Betting levy.  The newspaper cited a letter from DCMS sports minister Nigel Huddleston, who claims that he has ‘made it clear’ that a review of levy terms will not form any …

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Gallagher Premiership sanctions two week Covid suspension

The Gallagher Premiership, England’s top division of professional rugby union, has postponed matches by two weeks following a similar decision by its European counterparts. The league had been given the go-ahead by the UK government, as it is counted as ‘elite sports’ and therefore excluded from the prohibition of sporting activities as part of the country’s latest lockdown. However, as …

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Bookies Corner: Pricing a bonkers Premier League season

SBC checks in on how bookmakers’ nerves are faring as we move through the craziest Premier League season of all time, which week-to-week is producing shocks and trauma.  SBC: As it stands, the Premier League table sees seven teams separated by just seven points and no clubs showing any consistency in their form. Is 2020/2021 the Premier League’s craziest ever …

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Sportradar takes over AFC data distribution contract

Asian Football Confederation banner

Sportradar has been selected as the official video and data distribution partner to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in an eight-year agreement running from 2021 to 2028. The global data and video rights deal, which was negotiated by Football Marketing Asia (FMA), will see Sportradar collect and distribute audio-visual content and match-related data from AFC national team tournaments and club …

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US mogul Ted Leonsis opens ‘Sportradar Connect’ series

Sportradar has launched its new ‘in-house curated’ media series ‘Sportradar Connect‘, providing viewers exclusive insights, analysis and deep takes on the business of sport, technology and innovation facing future disruptions. The series will begin on 23 February with sports and entertainment mogul Ted Leonsis, who is the founder of Monumental Sports – the franchise owner of the Washington Capitals (NHL) and …

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Jockey Club keeps its Grand National promise to NHS staff  

The Jockey Club has kept its ‘NHS promise’ by confirming that a donation of 10,000 Randox Grand National tickets to Merseyside frontline staff and social care workers will be honoured at the 2022 festival at Aintree Racecourse.  Last year, the Jockey Club pledged to donate 10,000 tickets for the first day of the Randox Grand National Festival in 2021 in …

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Betano strikes first commercial sponsorship with Atletico Mineiro

The Betano logo on a mobile device

Brazilian football team Club Atletico Mineiro has selected Betano as its new main sponsor, marking the online sports betting platform’s first commercial deal with a sports club. Last night, Betano made its debut as Atletico Mineiro’s shirt sponsor as the Série A side took on Bragantino in the Brazilian Championship. However, the top tier Brazilian club’s former primary sponsor BMG …

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Letter to MPs calls for Gambling Commission to rethink betting review

A template letter to MPs, the author of which is not yet known, has called on lawmakers to pressure the Gambling Commission to rethink its current betting review due to the financial impact on horse racing. The sport is set to be dealt a heavy blow by potential gambling reforms, in the form of a possible £60 million loss, at …

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