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Eleven Sports scores Belgian domestic football rights deal

Strengthening its media rights portfolio, global sports provider Eleven Sports has been granted live and exclusive rights for Belgian domestic football as part of a five-year agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Eleven Sports will gain the rights to the Belgian First Division A, the First Division B, the women’s Super League, the Belgian Cup and the Belgian Super …

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Kindred challenges Spelinspektionen penalty on player incentives

Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has become the latest to fall foul of Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen’s rules on customer bonusing and incentives. Spelinspektionen has confirmed that it has issued Kindred a fine totalling SEK 100 million (€9m) following an inspection undertaken across its Swedish brand portfolio. The regulator stated that Kindred’s flagship Unibet brand, as well as subsidiaries Maria Casino, …

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Betinvest: Esports is crucial to the betting industry

Esports is one of the fastest growing entertainment sectors in the world today, with industry revenues set to grow to over £930m this year, according to a report by market intelligence firm Newzoo. With the industry starting to take shape, it is imperative that the betting industry conforms to the scene in order to fully maximise the sector’s huge potential.  …

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Wiseodds launches poker-inspired betting platform

Sports betting supplier Wiseodds has confirmed the launch of its new ‘skill-based peer-to-peer platform’ which will combine the social element of online poker with sports betting. The new platform allows punters to compete against one another in ‘poker-inspired rooms’ to predict the outcome of sporting events. Lilit Nikoghosyan, Head of Operations at Wiseodds, said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch …

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UKGC suspends Lotteries.com licence over AML concerns

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has undertaken a review into the licence of International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited, which operates lottery betting site Lotteries.com. The suspension, which is effective immediately, comes after the operator was found to be in breach of the Commission’s AML and social responsibility protocols. “We have instructed the operator to ensure that it facilitates customers’ accessing their …

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Smarkets: Biden takes US presidential lead

As US election candidates continue on their campaign trail across the States, former Vice President Joe Biden has become one of the front-runners in the Democrats leadership race. SBC spoke to Smarkets’ Head of Political Markets Sarbjit Bakhshi, who explained some of the reasons behind Biden’s popularity, and why it could be a very volatile election come November time. SBC: …

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Stars Group retains Q1 confidence despite COVID-19 impact

The Stars Group said that Q1 2020 trading is currently ‘ahead of expectations’, but the Toronto TSX-listed enterprise anticipates encountering near-term COVID-19 disruptions. Updating investors today, Stars Group explained that it has maintained ‘strong underlying momentum’ within its UK (Sky Bet) and Australia (BetEasy) divisions, which gives it confidence that a sequential improvement in quarter earnings will be delivered. “Overall, …

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UK Schools to introduce Gambling curriculum for September 2020 

UK Schools Minister Nick Gibb has confirmed that the Department of Education (DoE) will roll-out a new compulsory curriculum to educate teenagers on gambling harms and debt-related matters.    The gambling curriculum will be implemented from next September across UK secondary schools, forming part of the compulsory ‘Personal, Social, Health and Economic’ (PSHE) education programme. The PSHE programme, spearheaded by the DoE, …

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IMG Arena secures European volleyball betting data deal

Sports betting service IMG ARENA has announced a long-term, worldwide live betting streaming and betting data rights partnership with the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). The deal, which covers volleyball, beach volleyball and snow volleyball, allows sports betting operators to access the content across all CEV organised events such as EuroVolley and the Volleyball Champions League. Freddie Longe, Executive Vice President …

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COVID-19 disruptions see Flutter revise 2020 guidance

FTSE100-listed Flutter Entertainment has become the first UK betting firm to revise its full-year 2020 corporate guidance. Issuing a market filing, Flutter anticipates that COVID-19 disruptions across core betting territories may result in a £90-110m decline in its group-wide full-year EBITDA results. Flutter governance has predicted that the COVID-19 outbreak will affect operations, as 78% of its group revenues are …

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