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IBAS: Same Ole story… Why manager markets are still a point of conflict

The decision by Manchester United to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not have come as a surprise to many fans, nonetheless, it created stir within sports betting markets.  Reports on Thursday that Ralf Rangnick would assume the position on an interim basis have not silenced bookmakers, with many pricing ‘Next Permanent Manager’ odds –  a market that commentators have observed …

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Sarah Gardner: Refreshed UKGC committed to improving all levels of gambling protection


Sarah Gardner, Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has stated that the regulator and industry must share an ‘understanding of the task at hand’ to improve UK gambling for the benefit of society.    Delivering the keynote address at the Annual Convention for BACTA members, Gardner underlined that 2021 has been a year of wholesale changes for the …

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David Willetts joins BGC as new communications chief

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has appointed David Willetts to coordinate its press and public relations operations as Director of Communications and Digital. In his new position, Willetts will hold the aforementioned responsibilities of maintaining media relations, whilst also working towards the BGC’s objective of ‘building consumer and public trust in the betting and gaming industry’ with assistance from …

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Marcel Desailly and Kirsty Gallacher to host SBC Awards 2021

SBC Awards 2021 Marcel Desailly Kirsty Gallacher

World Cup winner Marcel Desailly and leading news and sports broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher will be the hosts for the SBC Awards 2021, which take place on 14 December at Evolution London. The eighth edition of the event is set to recognise and celebrate the best performing sports betting and igaming operators, affiliates and suppliers, with the victors to be announced …

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Entain sells Betdaq back to Dermot Desmond

Entain Plc has confirmed the sale of the online betting exchange Betdaq to former owner Dermot Desmond for an undisclosed fee.  The FTSE100 gambling group issued a one-line statement, informing media of its divestment of Betdaq to the Irish billionaire financier and horseracing magnet. Desmond retakes control of Betdaq, a venture the businessman backed in the early 2000s, during the …

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TLCBet renews Asia-focused partnership with Sevilla FC

TLCBet has moved to strengthen its sports focused marketing operations, TLCBet has renewed its agreement with Sevilla FC. The contract extension will see the online sports betting operator continue to serve as the Asian betting partner of the LaLiga football club, with fan engagement for Sevilla in the region playing a role in the partnership. Under the terms of the …

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Gambling harm and education charities back Chesterfield FC’s matchday awareness campaign

Engagement between lower division football clubs and safer gambling organisations continues to increase, as a National League fixture on Tuesday was host to a number of charity delegates.  A range of groups were invited to attend the match at Chesterfield FC’s Technique Stadium, including GamCare and the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM)- represented by Head of Delivery Sam …

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Intertops baffles affiliates announcing rebrand to Everygame 

Intertops has communicated to its affiliate partners that it will rebrand its commercial identity to ‘Everygame’ as of 1 December 2021.  The heritage operator did not provide affiliates with material for its forthcoming rebrand – but stated that the change to Everygame would maintain its “vision to provide trusted entertainment for generations”. “Basically, we are the same with a new …

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Sportradar enters multi-year integrity agreement with Swiss Handball Federation

Sportradar has further enhanced its portfolio of integrity clients by securing an agreement between its Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS) division and the Swiss Handball Federation (SVF). The multi-year agreement will see Sportradar provide bet monitoring services to the SVF using its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), covering men’s and women’s senior matches at both youth and senior level, including the …

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Ben Haden: Wider perspectives needed to improve research on gambling prevalence 

At the start of 2021, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) launched a pilot scheme to test new research methodologies on how data is collected on the participation and engagement of UK adults with gambling products and services.  Project lead Ben Haden, the Commission’s Director of Research and Statistics, has shared his reflections on the pilot’s first-stage developments, which will be …

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