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LOGiCO praises AGCOM common sense on betting sponsorships

Italian online gambling trade body LOGiCO has praised, Italy’s communications agency AGCOM for implementing a common sense approach in its judgement of betting sponsorship restrictions imposed by the Lega-5Star coalition government’s Dignity Decree. Last week AGCOM supported Serie A governance in its appeal to clarify betting sponsorship restrictions which were set to be implemented from 1 January 2019. In its …

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‘Incomplete mandate’ sees AGCOM expand Italian sponsorship window

In a surprise move, Italy’s communications agency AGCOM has issued an official statement to Italian football clubs, detailing that betting/gambling shirt sponsorships can continue until July 2019. AGCOM’s statement follows an appeal issued by Serie A governance, who last week demanded that Italy’s Ministry for Economic Development, clarify betting sponsorship restrictions set-out in Lega-5Star’s ‘Dignity Decree’, which football stakeholders have …

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Ian McLoughlin CEO leads SKS365 executive departures

Italian news sources have reported that Ian McLoughlin has stepped down as Chief Executive of SKS365 Group, the operating company of ‘PlanetWin365’ Italy’s second largest retail and online bookmaker. McLoughlin’s departure is further followed by the resignation of Angela Gemma as General Counsel of SKS365 and the exit of Aaron Meli as Group Financial Controller. The company has quickly instigated …

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AgiproNews Italian View: Miseria… Italian betting faces new tax realities in 2019

Approving the Lega-5Star coalition ‘Budget Law’ on the weekend before Christmas, Italy’s Senate has delivered coal to betting stakeholders’ festive stockings, as a miserable 2018 closes its curtains. From 1 January 2019, Italian land-based and online gambling incumbents will have to undertake a number of quick adjustments to a new tax reality, as Lega-5Star seeks to collect circa €700 million …

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CJEU denies Stanleybet on Italian ‘sole lottery concession’ appeal

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has delivered its judgement on Stanleybet’s challenge of the Italian Customs & Monopoly Authority – ADM’s sole lottery concession model/framework. The CJEU rejected the joint appeal of Stanley International and Stanleybet Malta, which stated that the Italian government and its regulatory counterparts had denied betting incumbents services by enforcing an ‘exclusive national concession’ for …

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AgiproNews Italian View: Gambling left red-faced by mafia investigations

Italian gambling has been rocked by the anti-Mafia taskforce investigation into illegal/fraudulent gambling activities conducted across Southern Italy. This November, the anti-corruption taskforce of the financial and federal police had conducted eighty search warrants arresting sixty-eight suspects on charges of corruption and fraud. The criminal investigations targeting the coastal cities of Catania, Reggio Calabria and Bari, are reported to have seized assets worth …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View: October highs meet an autumn of disillusion

Italian betting and gaming continues to grow, but all incumbents face tough adjustments as the Lega-5Star coalition government maintains its hostile stance against the industry. October Data published by Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM) details a further record-breaking month for Italian online gambling. As the sector heads towards its upcoming Lega-5Star blanket ban on all forms of gambling/betting …

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Playtech confident of countering Asian headwinds to meet 2018 targets

FTSE250 gambling technology group Playtech Plc has this morning published its latest trading update informing investors that the company is on track to deliver its 2018 expected EBITDA range of €320-360 million. Issuing a short market guidance, Playtech governance details that its B2B Gaming Division continues to trade in line with the trends reported for its interim results in August, generating …

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Ciao! Matchroom Boxing launches Italian property with DAZN & OPI Since 82

Matchroom Boxing and digital broadcasting OTT partner DAZN have expanded their European profiles confirming that they have entered a strategic partnership with Italian boxing promoter OPI Since 82. The combined parties will work together to ‘bring top-flight boxing back to fight fans in Italy’ under the newly formed Matchroom Boxing Italia domain. The partnership aims to host eight marquee boxing events …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View: ISS study outlines complex make-up of Italian problem gambling

Published this October, the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) study on Italian gambling has shed significant light on the realities of tackling problem gambling within Italy. Undertaking Italy’s first ‘epidemiological study’ on problem gambling trends, effects and triggers, the ISS surveyed 12,000 adults, representing the nation’s most comprehensive research on gambling trends to date. Presented to the Italian Parliament …

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