North America

DraftKings appoints R. Stanton Dodge as legal lead

US daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings continues its executive team restructure, confirming the appointment of R. Stanton Dodge as its new Chief Legal Officer (CLO). A seasoned US media legal expert, Dodge joins DraftKings leadership team from telecommunications services provider DISH Networks where he serves as Group General Counsel. Dodge joins DraftKings, as the DFS operator seeks to bring new …

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Strategic governance review sees Sportech put up for sale

Issuing a governance statement, London-listed betting systems provider Sportech Plc has today announced that it is seeking a corporate sale of its entire enterprise. Its decision follows a comprehensive strategy review undertaken by Sportech governance with a view to maximising shareholder value. Launching its bidding process, Sportech informs that it has appointed London investment firm Canaccord Genuity as lead financial …

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G4 awards IGT first ever ‘Responsible Gaming Certification’

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International Game Technology (IGT) has become the first gaming supplier to be the recipient of Global Gambling Guidance Group’s (G4) Responsible Gaming Certification. The New York listed gambling technology supplier received the accreditation for its land based casino and lottery segments. Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO, North America Gaming and Interactive, commented:  “IGT partners with gaming operators around the world to …

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Nektan eyes further international growth following strong Q1 2018 opening

Entering a new financial year, London AIM-listed mobile gambling operator and systems supplier Nektan Plc has posted a strong Q1 2018 performance (period ending 30 September). Driven by new product inventory and the continued growth of its European gaming brands, Nektan would report a double in period cash wagers to £126 million (Q1 2017:£56 million). The ‘mobile-first’ gambling firm, noted …

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Star Wars latest offering hotly tipped as 2017’s highest grossing film

With the recently-released trailer creating a considerable buzz amongst fans, William Hill has tipped ‘The Last Jedi’, the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise, to become the highest-grossing film of 2017. The British bookmaker has given odds of 1/6 on the film surpassing the $1.10 billion (£831.38 million) grossed by Beauty And The Beast back last March, but believes it …

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DraftKings appoints Ezra Kucharz to new role of Chief Business Officer

Expanding its commercial arm, US daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has confirmed the appointment of Ezra Kucharz to the newly created position of Chief Business Officer (CBO). Kucharz will take leadership of all DraftKings commercial disciplines; overseeing business development initiatives and strategy, commercial planning and advertising sales. A tech commercial development veteran, Kucharz joins DraftKings’ executive team having previously led …

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Fox’s $200 million World Cup gamble

Tuesday’s dismal defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago, meant that the United States Men’s National Team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Whilst the poor performances of Bruce Arena’s side will have caused widespread disappointment amongst US Soccer fans, the devastation will be elevated for executives at 21st Century Fox, who …

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Forward Momentum… Caesars Entertainment announces new Board of Governance

Having completed the final chapter of its two-year Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (CEOC) bankruptcy restructure, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CEC) has appointed a new Board of Directors to lead its business. The high profile CEC board will be led by former Walt Disney and Ernest & Young leadership executive James S Hunt, who has extensive experience in corporate governance for leisure …

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Full Transparency… Gaming behaviour psychologist Dr Wood to assess Mr Greens ‘Green Gaming Tool’

European online gambling group Mr Green & Co (Mr Green) has hired specialist gambling behaviour psychologist Dr Richard Wood to evaluate its ‘Green Gaming Tool’, a major corporate social responsibility initiative launched this September. Seeking to bring full transparency to its player base with regards to ‘risk behaviours’, the Green Gaming Tool was launched allowing its customers to self-assess and …

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US Supreme Court sets December date for New Jersey sports betting appeal

The Washington Post has revealed that the US Supreme Court is set to hear ‘oral arguments’ put forward by New Jersey officials protesting the federal block which prohibits the state from allowing sports betting in licensed premises (casinos & racetracks). Updating its calendar, the Supreme Court has scheduled the date of 4 December to hear New Jersey’s appeal against the …

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