Tag Archives: The Times

Rodchenkov Russian doping expose wins William Hill SBOTY2020 award

‘The Rodchenkov Affair’, a riveting account of Russia’s state-backed doping programme by whistleblower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, has won William Hill’s ‘Sports Book of the Year’ (#SBOTY2020) award. William Hill’s judging panel, chaired by The Times sports journalist Alyson Rudd, stated that there was “simply no contest for the top honour given the stunning revelations, captivating narrative and far-reaching effects of …

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FA stands by ‘golden share’ to thwart Premier League power grab

The Times has reported that the FA is willing to implement a ‘golden share’ in a move to block Premier League giants from pursuing a radical overhaul of English football’s competition and reward structures. Dominating this weekend’s football headlines, the Daily Telegraph published its exclusive report outlining the objectives and changes that had been drafted by the owners of Liverpool …

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William Hill Foundation comes under fire for Alzheimer’s collaboration

William Hill’s partnership with charity The Alzheimer’s Society has drawn criticism from MPs and health practitioners stating that betting should hold no connection with dementia, according to a report in The Times. Last spring, a newly relaunched ‘William Hill Foundation’ announced The Alzheimer’s Society as a lead partner seeking to raise the charity £2 million over a three-year period. Helping …

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GVC Holdings confirms Barry Gibson as new Chairman

GVC Holdings has confirmed the appointment of Barry Gibson as the operator group’s Non-Executive Chairman, with the appointment taking effect from today. Over the weekend, Sky News, The Times and The Daily Telegraph reported that Gibson would assume the new position, due to succeed Lee Feldman who will step down on 27 February 2020.  Stephen Morana, GVC’s Senior Independent Non-Executive …

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William Hill announces SBOTY2019 finalists

William Hill has announced the ‘final six’ books and authors that will compete for its ‘Sports Book of the Year’ (SBOTY2019) heritage award, a prize recognised as the most prestigious accolade in English sports literature. The bookmaker’s judging panel, which this year is led by The Times lead football journalist and author Alysson Rudd, has narrowed SBOTY2019’s initial longlist of …

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FSB Tech facing UKGC review after Blackbet suspension

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More scrutiny is being placed on the UK’s white label operation framework after the Gambling Commission revealed that it has initiated a review into FSB Technology over one of its licensees – Blackbet.co.uk. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) said it has instigated the review of FSB’s licence under section 116 of the Gambling Act, which authorises it to take such action if it: …

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Matchbook Betting Podcast unveils three new hosts

With the Premier League firmly upon us, the NFL season returning on Thursday, and the Champions League a mere two weeks away, the Matchbook Betting Podcast has announced a new roster of hosts. Ali Maxwell (Premier League), Nat Coombs (NFL) and Phil Kitromilides (Champions League) will be delivering weekly focused previews and insights for sports fans. Matchbook CEO Mark Brosnan …

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Winning Post – UK: In Parliament – Hurt So Good

As the late Madam Cyn might have attested, some MPs seem to gain odd pleasure from the sensation of pain. Indeed, the lexicon of British politics is littered with masochistic references – where else might it be acceptable to be ‘whipped’ on a regular basis, for Parliament to be ‘hung’ or to risk an encounter with the ‘Black Rod’? So …

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Ladbrokes chief warns of £2 FOBT ramifications

Ladbrokes Coral Chief Executive Jim Mullen has emphasised that cutting the stakes of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will not only have negative economic implications, but will also “fail to adequately address any issue of problem gambling”. Mullen was responding to a report in the Sunday Times, which claimed newly appointed culture secretary Matt Hancock is in favour of delivering a …

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Positive Year 1 results vindicate ITV’s racing gamble

UK terrestrial TV broadcaster ITV is pleased by its first year of coverage of UK racing, detailing to The Times that it ‘feels vindicated’ by its decision to invest in the sport. In January 2016, ITV secured the rights to broadcast Racecourse Media Group (RMG) syndicated content, replacing Channel 4 Racing as the lead domestic TV broadcaster for racing. Setting …

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