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BoyleSports agrees takeover of William Hill’s NI portfolio

Irish bookmaker BoyleSports is set to significantly expand its Northern Ireland retail footprint after agreeing to acquire William Hill’s entire NI betting shop portfolio. BoyleSports, Ireland’s second-largest bookmaker, will takeover William Hill’s 33 betting shops located throughout Northern Ireland, increasing its NI retail portfolio to 39 premises. The sale sees William Hill governance continue its restructure of the firm’s retail …

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UKGC consultation recommends credit card ban

The Sunday Times and The Observer newspapers have this weekend reported that the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) will recommend banning the use of credit cards across all online gambling verticals, publishing the findings of its regulatory consultation on credit wagering. Expected to be published this week, the UKGC will recommend to the government a ban on all credit card transactions, …

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Philip Canavan: ‘ASA legislation cannot be taken lightly’

SEM Global’s director and founder Philip Canavan has emphasised how operators need to be more meticulous in abiding by advertising guidelines following the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banning a Betway ad that featured West Ham’s Declan Rice. Betway were found to be in breach of CAP Code (Edition 12) rule 16.3.14 (Gambling), which states that betting operators are prohibited from featuring under-25s …

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Fitzdares to donate all Australian Open winnings to the Red Cross bushfire fund

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has committed to donating all winnings from the Australian Open 2020 to the Red Cross, supporting victims and emergency services countering the bush fires impacting the Gold Coast of Australia. The announcement mirrors that of tennis player Nick Kyrgios who has promised to donate $200 to the bush fire crisis for every ace he serves throughout the …

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Insider Sport: On The Ball – DAZN & BeIN expand their UEFA profile

From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, InsiderSport has you covered. This week’s OTB reports on DAZN acquiring the majority of UCL rights in Germany, BeIN’s acquiring of Euro 2020 French broadcasting rights, LFC’s Nike partnership announcement and an interview with FootballMedia CEO Dean Akinjobi. ___________________ DAZN takes over …

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DCMS ‘very angry’ over FA streaming rights deal

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has weighed in on the debate surrounding the Football Association’s streaming rights, with Sports Minister Nigel Adams saying that the government is ‘very angry’ with the current arrangement. Reported by the BBC, Adams has confirmed that the government is due to be holding talks with the FA regarding the sale of its …

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NHS problem gambling clinic opens in Sunderland

Expanding its treatment services across the UK, the NHS’s Northern Gambling Service has opened a new clinic in Sunderland which will focus upon the treatment of problem gambling. The clinic will allow visitors to access support from a consultant psychologist, a consultant psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist and a senior mental health nurse. The clinic’s consultant psychologist Matthew Gaskell said: “Gambling …

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HBA Media to oversee Ascot’s international media rights

Ascot Racecourse has secured a five-year agreement with HBA Media which will see the international horse racing media rights agency market the Berkshire racecourse’s global media rights. The agreement, which begins this month, will mean that HBA Media will assume responsibility for the distribution of Ascot’s non-betting international media rights portfolio to include Royal Ascot, as well as all Flat …

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FA to carry out review of broadcasting rights

The Football Association (FA) will carry out a review of its broadcasting rights agreements awarded to sports betting operators after a report was published by the Daily Mail as today’s frontpage story. The review comes after the coverage of numerous FA Cup matches were broadcast on betting websites. This contrasted the two games made available on the BBC, while BT …

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ASA pulls Betway ad featuring Declan Rice

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has pulled a Betway advert after it was deemed to be in breach of advertising regulations. The advert in question, which was shown on 19 October 2019, was challenged after it featured 20 year old England footballer Declan Rice. Under current advertising regulations, betting operators are prohibited from featuring under-25s which play a ‘significant role’ …

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