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‘Stats Perform’ lays out mission statement to disrupt global sports

A new era for global sports data, integrity and content rights has begun after leading US incumbent STATS completed its acquisition of rival Perform Group. Absorbing the Perform assets of OPTA, RunningBall and Watch&Bet, STATS confirms the formation of new business entity ‘Stats Perform’ seeking to become the outright global leader in sports data provisions. Last April, finance magnate Robert F Smith’s …

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Industry prepares for biggest ever betting on politics markets

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Matt Shaddick, Head of Ladbrokes Politics, said that betting has “never really solved the problems around offering betting on constituencies” amid rumours of a UK snap election. Speaking in ‘Rare Breed – Betting on Politics’, the first in SBC’s new fortnightly ‘Betting on Sports webinar series’, Shaddick admitted that the difficulty in pricing 650 markets right makes them a “gold …

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Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

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In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations. When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European …

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Betting on Sports boosted by IAGA partnership

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The Betting on Sports conference has been given the backing of The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), as the world’s leading sports betting industry event prepares to host 3,500 delegates for its 2019 edition at Olympia London from 17-20 September.  The sponsorship deal represents a strengthening of the relationship between IAGA and Betting on Sports organiser SBC. IAGA previously …

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Leader of the Year kicks off Sport in Focus at Betting on Sports

Sport in Focus

The 2018 Sports Betting Leader of the Year Sergey Portnov will be kicking off the Sport in Focus track at this year’s Betting on Sports conference. Sport in Focus is one of four tracks held on the first full day (18 September) of SBC’s flagship conference, which takes place at Olympia London from 17-20 September. Portnov, who took home the …

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Island Luck Bahamas appoints Degree 53 to lead digital revamp

Industry design, development and innovation studio Degree 53 continues its strong 2019 commercial momentum, confirming that Bahamas-based gambling group Island Luck has sanctioned the company to revamp its entire digital profile. Operating as the Bahamas leading licensed gambling operator, Island Luck has commissioned Degree 53 to modernise its digital verticals, focusing on improving all-around engagement dynamics related to UX, customer …

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Transforming Sportech appoints Richard McGuire as Group CEO

Sportech Plc continues its governance and leadership restructure, confirming that Interim Group Executive Chairman Richard McGuire has accepted the position of Group Chief Executive on a permanent basis. McGuire has led the London-listed wagering and racing systems supplier since November 2018, following the departure of former incumbent Andrew Gaughan as Group CEO. This May, McGuire presented Sportech’s AGM update, detailing …

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IGT ups sports integrity dynamics by joining GLMS

New York-listed gambling technology and lottery systems supplier IGT Group has joined the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) as an Associate Member. IGT will form part of the global association of lotteries, which was established with the objective to ‘safeguard the integrity and values of sports worldwide’. Becoming an Associate Member, IGT will be linked to the GLMS visual identity. It will receive …

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US ‘gambling modernisation’ sees AGA restructure leadership team

Leading US gambling trade body The American Gaming Association (AGA) has confirmed the promotion of three members of its senior staff, as AGA governance seeks to reflect an ‘enhanced focus on industry modernization, communications and advocacy’. The AGA confirms the promotion of Dan Bretl as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations, leading AGA’s strategic partnerships and business development disciplines. …

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DraftKings debuts ‘Flash Bet’ tool for Wimbledon 2019

DraftKings’ has upped its ‘live betting and instant win’ capacities for sportsbook customers after launching its ‘Flash Bet’ tool. The US bookmaker, which at present operates mobile and retail sportsbook services for the states of New Jersey and Mississippi, will make ‘Flash Bet’ wagering available for Wimbledon 2019 markets. The new wagering tool allows DraftKings sportsbook customers to ‘place live, …

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