Retail

Four more sign turnover-based streaming and data deal with ATR

BetVictor, Betway, BoyleSports and Unibet have joined Betfred in signing a turnover based streaming and data deal with At The Races (ATR), which will begin in January 2020. The agreement will cover the delivery of streaming and raceday data, which ATR sells as a licensee for its racecourse rights holders across the platform’s UK horseracing content. Under the terms of …

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Mark Bird, GBGB: The closure of Belle Vue ‘would be a huge loss for the sport’

The future of Manchester’s Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium is to be decided today, which could see the track demolished and the site redeveloped to build 247 houses. The proposals made by Countryside Properties were recommended for approval by the local officer at Manchester’s Planning and Highways Committee earlier this week after a consultation report highlighted the track’s decline in revenues …

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SAZKA CEO confirms 2020 National Lottery bid

SAZKA Group Chief Executive Robert Chvátal has confirmed that the growth-hungry gambling conglomerate will launch an official 2020 bid competing to win the UK’s fourth National Lottery contract starting in 2023. Stating SAZKA’s intent, Chvátal underlined that ‘investing in the UK is the next stop’, following a busy 2019 in which the Czech gambling fund secured majority shareholdings in OPAP …

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BHA and HRI to carry out non-standard race times trial

In collaboration with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will carry out a four-week trial of non-standard race times which will be held in February 2020. Non-standard race times refers to races not programmed on the standard 5-minute marks (e.g. 3:08pm). The trial seeks to explore the potential benefits to the sport and its customers of adopting …

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Tote will return to Chester and Bangor-on-Dee

The Tote will make a return to Chester Racecourse in 2020, after the UK Tote Group and Chester Race Company agreed a four-year partnership. The return of the pool betting operator will supplement the existing on-course betting provision from Chester Bet and will see the Tote assume the sponsorship of the Chester Cup as part of an exclusive Boodles May …

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Liquor & Gaming NSW sanctions Betchoice for gambling inducements

Betting operator Betchoice, trading as Unibet, has been ordered to pay a penalty of $25,000 for offering illegal gambling inducements to residents in New South Wales. The sanction was issued by Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on 15 December after the operator was found to display an advert on the Unibet website in February 2019 offering “Earn $50 CASH For …

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Tabcorp appoints ‘finance pro’ Anne Brennan as governance advisor

Issuing a market filing, the governance of Australia ASX-listed gambling group Tabcorp Holdings has confirmed the inbound appointment of Anne Brennan as a corporate non-executive director. Updating investors, Tabcorp governance awaits the necessary regulatory and ministerial approval to confirm Brennan’s appointment, with the executive expected to serve as Tabcorp governance advisor from February of next year. An expert in corporate …

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Belle Vue’s future uncertain as redevelopment plans recommended for approval

The future of Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium hangs in the balance after a plan to demolish it and replace it with houses was recommended for approval by the local planning officer. The announcement comes ahead of a planning meeting at Manchester Town Hall on Thursday 19 December, which will ultimately decide the future of the track which has been in …

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Amy Smith named Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has named Amy Smith as Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort, who will assume overall responsibility for the racecourse business as well as the Marriott Hotel, golf course and spa. As part of the reshuffle, Russell Bowes has been appointed as General Manager at Lingfield Park, and will support Smith across a number of areas of the …

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Chetu strengthens UK presence with Birmingham office

US-based software solutions provider Chetu has strengthened its European presence after opening its newest office in Birmingham, England. The new office will act as the headquarters for the supplier’s European and Middle Eastern markets, supporting Chetu’s European marketing team as well as the company’s expanded sales team of UK-based national account managers. Serving as Chetu’s second office in Europe – …

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