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Charlie Hunter, Boreham Wood FC CEO: “LV BET critical partner in our sporting story”

After a turbulent two years playing behind closed doors, Boreham Wood FC has experienced a positive 2021, with strong league results, an impressive FA Cup run and a mutually beneficial partnership with LV BET.  Sponsorship arrangements between betting companies and football clubs have been under scrutiny, as the government moves ahead with its review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Gambling …

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Peter Jackson: Sustainable play is key for Flutter to match changing UK economics

Peter Jackson, Group CEO of Flutter Entertainment Plc described 2021 results as a ‘tale of two halves” for the FTSE100 betting group’s UK&IRE brands.   Matched against COVID-influenced record wagering Q4 2020 comparatives, Jackson admitted that the group’s flagship UK&IRE business had somewhat lost its trading momentum. UK&IRE teams “saw a very material swing in sports results year-on-year. The swing from …

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Entain strengthens community relations in granting 19 football clubs £5,000

The Entain Foundation and the three Pitching In Trident Leagues (The Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues) have offered 19 clubs grants of up to £5,000 each from the latest round of allocations. From the Trident Community Foundation, the grants cover clubs across England and Wales, with a focus on strengthening community relations. Some of the projects included are; programmes …

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Brent Dolan joins RAS Pty to oversee Northern Hemisphere expansion

Australia-based betting data provider RAS Pty has appointed Brent Dolan as its Managing Director, tasking the new hire with coordinating its expansion in the Northern Hemisphere.  In pursuit of strengthening RAS’ foothold outside the Asia-Pacific region, Dolan will oversee development of the brand in Europe, including the launch of its Racing and Sports UK digital assets this spring.  The company …

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Bacta updates bactaPortal to boost functionality and value

Bacta has made updates to its bactaPortal, launching version two of the safer gambling platform, as it aims to strengthen the functionality and value of its offering.  The new version of the portal has been developed to include a customer interaction recording solution, self-exclusion options, a compliance handbook and ‘seamless compatibility’ across mobile, desktop and tablet verticals. Additionally, the amusement …

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Julian Wheeler joins SIS to lead technology programmes

Julian Wheeler has been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer of SIS (Sports Information Services), coordinating the technological efforts of its long-term expansion plans. The new appointee will be tasked with leading delivery of SIS’ technology programmes and formulating a single strategy across its Architecture, Broadcast Engineering, IT Infrastructure, Programme Management, Service Delivery and Software Engineering teams. SIS, a multi-channel …

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888 fined £9.4m for network AML and Customer Care failures

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has ordered 888 Holdings to pay a penalty package of £9.4 million in relation to social responsibility and money laundering failures found across its network of brands.  This morning the Commission notified that licensee 888 UK Limited had been issued an official warning and will be required to undertake extensive independent audits. An investigation found …

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Paddy Power’s boxing refund: A case for a gambling ombudsman?

Last Saturday’s light-welterweight title fight between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall ended in a controversial decision, garnering criticism from boxers, pundits and fans alike.  Many felt that England’s Catterall had done enough to win the bout for the undisputed light-welterweight title fight – including Flutter Entertainment’s Paddy Power.  The bookmaker made the decision to offer all refunds to its customers …

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Spotlight Sports Group partners with Paddy Power for Cheltenham showcase

Spotlight Sports Group will bolster its Cheltenham Festival coverage with the launch of a new mini-series in partnership with Paddy Power. The live daily show, which will be named Good Morning Cheltenham, will be presented by Racing Post’s David Jennings – who will be joined by a number of guests including Paul Kealy, Mick Fitzgerald, Matt Chapman and Paddy Power. …

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Julie Markey appointed interim Chair of XLMedia

XLMedia (XLM) has moved to strengthen its senior leadership team following Christopher Bell’s decision to vacate as Chair, appointing Julie Markey in an interim role.  Markey steps into the position of interim Chair from her current role of non-executive Director of the Company and Chair of the remuneration committee, and will assume the responsibilities of the job whilst the company …

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