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InsiderSport: Is it time to eradicate football’s ‘3pm blackout’?

This season’s transformation of UK football broadcasting has led to the resurfacing of a television coverage issue that has been taken at face value for over 60 years now. InsiderSport details why the ‘3pm blackout’ was introduced, as well as what its role is in the modern game. Does it simply represent a broadcasting hindrance, or is it an imperative …

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SKS365 ups all-round fraud detection capacities with Featurespace ARIC Hub

Strengthening its risk management, player ID and fraud detection capacities, Italian betting operator SKS365 Group has confirmed that it will utilise the services and provisions of Featurespace ‘behavioural analytics’. Updating the market, SKS365 will implement Featurespace’s ‘ARIC Fraud Hub’ securing real-time predictive fraud monitoring dynamics, across its active European brands currently servicing more than 1.5 million customers. Featurespace’s fraud hub …

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Trio of cricketers, including former Pakistan batsman, charged with bribery offences

A trio of cricket players, including a former batsman for Pakistan, have appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court charged with attempting to financially bribe a number of professional cricketers – making it the first instance of British police investigating alleged cricket corruption overseas. Nasir Jamshed, an opening batsman for Pakistan, played two test matches from 2008-2015, as well as 48 one-day …

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GamStop responds to failures highlighted in BBC report

GamStop, a national online self-exclusion initiative, has responded to media reports that had revealed problem gamblers have been able to bypass exclusionary measures put in place to prevent gambling activity. Following the broadcast of the BBC ‘Five Live Investigates’ programme over the weekend, it was revealed that problem gamblers registered as part of the self-exclusion scheme were able to alter …

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Bookmakers see all drama but no change in Brexit soap opera

As widely anticipated, PM Minister Theresa May lost her Brexit deal, as 432 ministers voted against her terms for exiting the European Union on 29 March 2019. May’s ‘record rejection’, would be countered by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately triggering a ‘vote of no confidence’ in the government, seeking a snap General Election. Such a crushing Commons defeat would normally lead …

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Scientific Games to deliver next WAVE for Lotto Brandenburg

Nasdaq-listed industry technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) strengthens its German market profile, having been selected as lead supplier for Lotto Brandenburg’s systems upgrade. Following a competitive tender held by Lotto Brandenburg, SGC secures a five-year contract, which will see the technology group supply retail terminals and lottery management software services. SGC details that it will upgrade Lotto Brandenburg retail …

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Spelinspektionen warns Swedish players of red lines on self exclusion

Sweden’s new gambling regulatory authority Spelinspektionen has issued a stern warning to new online incumbents, stating that licences will be withdrawn if self-exclusion standards/policies are not met. The Swedish regulator, which revamped its operational set-up in 2018, has stated that it will simply not tolerate operators’ disregarding Spelpaus.se ( translation – ‘game-break’) provisions, made mandatory under Sweden’s new online gambling …

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Zeal co-founder Marc Peters backs Lotto24 takeover as ‘best business strategy’

Issuing a corporate filing, the governance of Deutsche Borse listed Zeal Network has revealed that enterprise co-founder and active shareholder Marc Peters has declared his support for the acquisition of German market rival Lotto24 AG. Peters who founded the company in 2000, alongside partner Jens Schumann has detailed his support of a takeover of Lotto24 to Zeal investors, backing corporate governance’s …

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GambleAware backs Self Exclusion amid political reprieve

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Industry charity GambleAware has reaffirmed its support of the nationwide self-exclusion scheme GamStop amid reports that the scheme had been breached by problem gamblers. Entering 2019, the betting industry got off to a rocky start after BBC five live reports revealed that gamblers registered with the self-exclusion scheme were able to alter details provided at registration, allowing the continuation of …

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Unibet plays strategic hand sponsoring IHF World Championship

Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc ’s flagship sportsbook brand Unibet has confirmed that it has become the official sponsor of the handball’s ‘IHF World Championship’ hosted in Germany and Denmark (10-28 January 2019). Unibet announces its first sponsorship of the year, securing event sponsorship coverage and logo rights with the International Handball Federation (IHF). “The tournament will see 24 teams compete …

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