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DAZN seeks tricky content partnership with Telefonica

Stating its intent on becoming the lead OTT (Over-the-Top) platform for the Spanish sports broadcasting market, the leadership of DAZN is reported to be seeking a content collaboration with telecoms giant Telefonica.   Well backed DAZN, an enterprise seeking to establish itself globally as the ‘Netflix of sports’, is set to launch its Spanish OTT proposition next month, with Spain becoming the eighth …

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Legislation submitted to authorise 32 casino licences across Brazil

Brazilian democrat, Paulo Azi, has submitted a bill that calls for the authorisation of 32 casino licenses across the country as reported by Games Magazine Brazil. If passed, the bill would approve the opening of resort hotels with attached casinos in Brazil. As part of the proposal, the government would receive 10 per cent of the gross revenues generated by …

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BHA assesses flu risks and restarts racing with enhanced biosecurity

Grosvenor Sport

In a late night announcement, The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced a ‘risk-managed return’ to racing will take place from Wednesday this week after a hiatus caused by an outbreak of equine flu. After consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health Trust, the BHA’s Chief Regulatory Officer Brant Dunshea has …

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Bookmakers continue to take the hit after equine influenza outbreak

Bookmakers have reported that revenues have taken a hit following the news that new cases of the Equine Influenza virus have been identified, resulting in an industry-wide halt on the sport. The horseracing industry is currently facing its largest health and financial challenge since the the 2001 outbreak, with Ladbrokes-Coral owner GVC reported to be down 1.45 per cent, while …

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Gary McGann – Irish tax doubling will hurt ‘home heroes’ like Paddy Power Betfair

The Sunday Times has this weekend published extracts of a letter written by Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) Executive Chairman Gary McGann to Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s Finance Minister pleading for Fine Gael not to pursue with a new betting tax regime. The letter published under ‘the freedom of legislation’ act, sees McGann state that the Dáil approved/pending doubling of the Irish …

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William Hill calls for media review as betting faces up to new advertising demands

FTSE250 bookmaker William Hill Plc is set to review its UK media planning and buying advertising account, as the betting industry faces-up to a new marketing landscape forthcoming in 2019. UK marketing news source CampaignLive has revealed that William Hill governance will call for an evaluation of the firm’s media planning and buying strategy, currently managed by long-term incumbent Vizeum UK. …

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GLMS & ERASMUS launch ‘IntegriSport’ education project

Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has announced its first major initiative of 2019, officially launching its ‘IntegriSport Project’, co-developed in partnership with the EU ERASMUS European-wide education and training programme. The project aims to raise awareness and improve training standards among European-wide law enforcement authorities/stakeholders with regards to identifying sport manipulations/corruptions Launching IntegriSport, the GLMS has split the project into two …

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BHA cancels UK horseracing following Equine Influenza outbreak

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has made the decision to halt all horse racing across British racecourses on 7 February following the outbreak of Equine Influenza, casting worries about this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The shut down follows the Animal Health Trust confirming three positive cases of the virus in vaccinated horses at an active race yard. Horses from the infected …

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Simon Banks: Star Sports – Delivering on talent resources amid changing industry values

BetBright

With the aim of diversifying its business portfolio, Star Sports launched its new recruitment contingent Star Recruitment back in January with the aim of providing tailored staffing solutions to the global gambling industry. SBC caught up with Simon Banks, a sector resourcing and talent development veteran, who is heading up the new vertical as its Chief Executive Officer. We asked …

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Matthew Imi: Sky Racing – The first month and adapting to industry challenges

On 1 January of this year, Sky UK launched its new channel, Sky Racing , which took Sky’s dedicated sports channel tally up to 11, has been broadcasting race fixtures from both the UK and around the world. It has been headed by the long term At the Races chief executive, Matthew Imi. SBC caught up with Imi to discuss how Sky …

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