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SBC’s On The Ball – DAZN, Eleven Sports and the Copa Libertadores

From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition looks at the postponed Copa Libertadores final and a broadcasting expansion for DAZN. Copa Libertadores heads to the Santiago Bernabeu After the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final was postponed twice due to fans attacking …

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Unibet hails enthralling FIDE World Chess showdown

The unprecedented success of this November’s Fide World Chess Championship match between Norway’s Magnus Carlsen vs American Fabiano Caruana – has been branded as one of Unibet’s most successful sports sponsorships. Following 51-hours of play featuring 12 drawn matches, FIDE’s London event has been labelled by chess aficionados as the sport’s ‘tour de force’, rivalling the all-time classic matches of …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Remember this November as the month that changed gambling

November 2018 what a month! So let’s start with some good news – This year’s Responsible Gambling Week represented the biggest ever industry-wide campaign to promote responsible gambling. Involving every major operator in the UK and Ireland and supported by the two biggest gambling charities, it was rounded off with the encouraging news that, even before its official launch, 38,000 …

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UKGC has harsh words for gaming industry amid more regulatory action

Online gambling’s reputation continues to be dragged through the mud this November, as the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) this morning confirms that it had imposed further action on two UK-licensed operators for failing ‘to prevent money laundering and keeping consumers safe from gambling-related harms’. As previously reported this month, Daub Alderney, a subsidiary of London-AIM listed Stride Gaming was fined £7.1 …

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bookies.com relaunches aiming to become US betting’s ‘top authority’

Industry affiliate marketing publisher Gambling.com Plc (formerly Kax Media) has announced the relaunch of its bookies.com property as a new US-focused sports betting entity. Gambling.com informs that it has redeveloped and revamped the acquired legacy sports betting reviews and information portal with the aim of becoming the US market’s ‘most authoritative and comprehensive destination for legal and licensed sportsbooks’. Relaunching …

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VLT upgrades see Greek OPAP ride out tough Q3 trading

Publishing its latest Q3 2018 trading statement, Athens-listed lottery and gambling group OPAP SA reports growth despite being impacted by unfavourable sporting results alongside Greek macroeconomic adjustments. An enhanced OPAP group withstands declines in 2018 wagering activities, as the firm maintains a positive gross-gaming-revenue (GGR) contribution of Q3 2018 – €369 million (+3.2%) running alongside a year-to-date GGR of €1.106 …

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Gregory & Gibson share William Hill’s SBOTY 2018 award

For the first time in its thirty-year history, the William Hill ‘Sports Book of the Year’ award (SBOTY) will be shared by two authors. Yesterday at BAFTA London, William Hill’s judging panel could not separate Tom Gregory’s glorious debut work ‘A Boy in the Water’ from boxing journalist Paul D Gibson’s brutal ‘The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee’ as SBOTY …

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Racing tipster sanctioned by the ASA

Racing tipster Philip Murray felt the wrath of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after four complaints over a direct mail advert were upheld. The ad in question, which first appeared in June 2018, stated: “Aren’t you sick and tired of constantly losing bet after bet? Isn’t it depressing that no matter what, you never achieve the profits you always hoped …

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BetVictor affirms commitment to horse racing with Newcastle sponsorship

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BetVictor has been announced as the primary sponsor of Newcastle’s much anticipated Fighting Fifth Hurdle – the first Grade 1 hurdle of the 2018-2019 national hunt season. BetVictor’s sponsorship of this Saturday’s event, which follows the firm’s successful three-year sponsorship of the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham’s November meeting, further affirms the operator’s commitment to investing in key horse races …

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Recruitment challenge for US gambling firms, finds Betting Jobs Salary Survey

Salary

Betting Jobs Director Fiona Hickey said that effective recruitment has been one of the biggest challenges in the post-PASPA US market, where a lack of local talent combined with difficulties in obtaining work permits and visas for overseas candidates has caused headaches for gambling companies. Hickey spoke to SBC News shortly after publishing the firm’s free-to-access Salary Survey, which found …

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