UK News

UK racing adopts non-standard race times to support its broadcast appeal 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) have taken the joint decision to adopt ‘non-standard race times’ across their respective fixtures schedules on a permanent basis, commencing 1 October 2020. The governing bodies have undertaken the decision to avoid fixture clashes and delayed races, with non-standard race times delivering further fixture clarity to racegoers, trainers and broadcasters. …

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Gambless makes UK entry with Lottoland deal

Gambless, a gambling harm solutions platform, has made its entry into the UK market after securing an exclusive partnership with online lotto betting site Lottoland. Available to download via the Lottoland UK website as well as Google and Apple app stores, the platform has been designed to identify and prevent behaviours associated with problem gambling. It provides a number of …

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Jockey Club CEO steps down following ‘gross misconduct’ inquiry

Delia Bushell, the chief executive officer of the Jockey Club, has stepped down after an independent inquiry upheld allegations of ‘gross misconduct’. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. Having joined the organisation in September 2019, an independent barrister upheld allegations relating to bullying, the use of racist comments and …

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SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission

SBC Awards 2020

The SBC Awards, which is now in its seventh year, has officially opened its nominations section allowing individuals to reward and celebrate the very best in sports betting and gaming. In our latest webinar, ‘SBC Awards – How to write an Awards submission’ a panel of esteemed experts discussed the do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing the perfect …

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John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth


The UK Tote Group has confirmed the appointment of John Williamson, a director with extensive experience in Asia, as its Non-Executive Chairman from 1 September 2020. Williamson’s appointment is expected to bring “significant international business and financial expertise to the organisation”, and provide timely support for its ambitious growth plans just 10 months after its acquisition of the Tote, the …

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Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture

All behind-closed-door Premier League matches are set to be broadcast following the FA’s confirmation that the traditional Saturday 3pm TV blackout will be lifted for the start of the 2020/21 campaign. Due to this announcement, all top flight games can be negotiated to broadcasters to be aired live until crowds start to come back to stadiums. The top-tier ban will …

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UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning formally launched its competition to award the ‘fourth National Lottery operating licence‘. The current (third) GBP multi-billion contract serviced by Camelot Group will expire in 2023, as the UKGC and its advisory panel open its new concession to competitor proposals. Launching its competition, the UKGC underlined that it will award its licence …

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‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure 

Flutter Entertainment has confirmed that former The Stars Group Inc (TSG) Group Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi has chosen to end his responsibilities as a non-executive director of the company, effective immediately.   The confirmation of Ashkenazi’s departure follows Flutter publishing its 2020 interim statement this morning, in which corporate governance underlined that it would accelerate technology integrations and regulatory alignment with …

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Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities

Flutter Entertainment Plc has accelerated all corporate directives related to its merger integration with The Stars Group Inc (TSG), but conceded that its 2020 outlook remains ‘highly uncertain’ dependent on further COVID-19 outcomes and regulatory changes across various markets.  This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. Publishing its 2020 interim …

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Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery

Camelot Group has moved to revamp the September schedule of the National Lottery, seeking to boost the general public’s engagement with UK high street retailers helping them recover from lockdown.    Announced as its ‘Big September’ makeover, the National Lottery will host a further three ‘’Must be Won’ draws next month providing its retailers with further weekly millionaire draws to promote …

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