North America

Changing dynamics see NBA & MLB revise DFS investments

US news sources have reported that the NBA (basketball) and MLB (baseball) leagues will move to divest their respective stakes in daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators’ DraftKings and FanDuel. In 2015 the MLB had participated in a $300 million investment round, backing DraftKings enterprise as official ‘MLB Fantasy Sports Partner’. The NBA acquired its stake in FanDuel, supporting the DFS …

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Sportradar’s Neale Deeley: The quest for a legal, protected and competitive US market

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Sportradar’s Neale Deeley spoke to SBC News about the potential of a legalised sports betting market in the US, which he says has been both “overestimated” in terms of how quickly it can all become real, and “underestimated” in relation to the size of each state. For example, he notes that people know about California’s huge economy, but don’t realise that …

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BT maps out plans for new box office channel

BT Sport has announced that later this year it plans on launching BT Sport Box Office, a pay-per-view channel which will be available on BT TV and the Sky platform. This season, BT Sport retained the rights to Premier League football for a further three years, however, it appears unlikely for now that football coverage will be affected by the …

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DraftKings gears up for full Australia launch

Leading daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has launched its Australian enterprise, continuing its corporate expansion beyond its home US marketplace. Planning to fully launch its Australian DFS product during Q2 2018, DraftKings will operate under a Northern Territory Racing Commission – NTRC license. At present, DraftKings leadership remains quiet with regards to its upcoming Australian DFS proposition, and what sports …

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Paddy Power prices up Sean Hannity’s FOXhole

Paddy Power Politics has priced ‘4/1 that Sean Hannity will leave his post as a Fox News political commentator in 2018’. The bookmaker opens its new ‘Trump betting’ market, following this week’s New York court disclosure that Hannity was a client of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer who is currently under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors. The Host of ‘Hannity’, …

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Caesars strengthens All-in Diversity project as founding member

As it continues to champion equality and inclusion within the industry, Caesars Entertainment has become a founding member of The All-in Diversity Project. The lead out initiative from All-in Diversity Project is the All-Index, a global industry standard index measuring progress for diversity and inclusion, which was built in partnership with Oxford Brookes University. It will provide a report on …

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SugarHouse introduces Wyrz payment system in industry first

SugarHouse Online Casino has become the first US-based igaming platform to introduce Wyrz prepaid credit cards as a payment option on its site. A secure way for players to load money from their preferred cards into their account, it is hoped that the addition of Wyrz will make it easier for players to deposit when playing at PlaySugarHouse.com. “We’re excited …

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Inspired appoints Brooks H Pierce as Senior North America VP

Expanding its US-centric leadership and strategy, industry virtual sports and games systems developer Inspired Entertainment has confirmed the appointment of Brooks H Pierce as a Senior Vice President for North America. A 25-year gambling executive, Pierce joins Inspired’s senior leadership team from Aristocrat Gaming, where he led the technology firm’s $700 million ‘Americas division’ as US Managing Director. Pierce has …

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SG Digital ramps up United States sports betting preparations

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Scientific Games Corporation is planning to gain ground on its competition, ahead a potentially significant shift of the sports betting landscape within the United States. The organisation has announced that SG Digital, through its OpenBet sports betting solution, has commenced sportsbook product review sessions with New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE).   Should the US Supreme Court repeal the …

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US sports players associations speak out on PASPA

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Players associations representing athletes across four key sports within the United States have joined together to release a statement regarding the prospect of legalised sports betting within the country. Union’s for professional players across baseball (MLBPA), basketball (NBPA), American football (NFLPA) and ice hockey (NHLPA), have today (Thursday April 12) issued the following statement: “Given the pending Supreme Court decision regarding …

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