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SISAL integrates Vermantia global racing content

Omni-channel content provider Vermantia has secured a new agreement with SISAL to provide its global racing content to the Italian operator. Under the terms of the agreement, SISAL will be able to elevate its offering of international racing content, with coverage from tracks across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa via Vermantia’s A-TV channel and Arena Racing …

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Dire H1 sees Intralot record group losses of €43m

Global headwinds continue to mount for Intralot SPA, as its corporate performance is severely impacted by the compound effects of the loss of key technology contracts and COVID-19 constraints recorded across all operating markets. Publishing its H1 2020 interim statement (period ending 30 June), Intralot declared group operating losses (NIATMI)  of €42.9m, up 39% on corresponding H1 2019’s €31m. Recording …

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Arc crowds limited as French COVID cases surge

French restrictions on public gatherings could mean that this year’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe could be limited to 5,000 attendees. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. According to the Racing Post, race organisers France Galop had hoped that the event would gain the green light from the …

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Betfred bid for bankrupt Phumelela refused

Betfred is reported to have been rejected in its last-minute attempt to acquire bankrupt South African heritage wagering and racetrack operator Phumelela Gaming & Leisure.  South African racing news sources reported that Phumelela’s bankruptcy auditor refused to review Betfred’s ZAR 900 million (€45m) counteroffer submitted at the end of August as Phumelela closed its window for rescue proposals.  Stating its …

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UK racing adopts non-standard race times to support its broadcast appeal 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) have taken the joint decision to adopt ‘non-standard race times’ across their respective fixtures schedules on a permanent basis, commencing 1 October 2020. The governing bodies have undertaken the decision to avoid fixture clashes and delayed races, with non-standard race times delivering further fixture clarity to racegoers, trainers and broadcasters. …

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EU to investigate Ladbrokes’ Belgian virtual kiosks

The European Union (EU) antitrust agencies are set to carry out an investigation into Ladbrokes’ virtual betting concession in Belgium to ascertain whether it holds an exclusive right to operate services that can be recognised as an ‘unfair state subsidy’. Reported by Bloomberg, the EU probe follows on from complaints submitted by two other gaming operators after Ladbrokes was granted …

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Government calls on TAB NZ to support racing’s recovery

New Zealand’s Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has urged TAB NZ to collaborate with other industry bodies in accelerating the sector’s recovery. In an open letter to Dean McKenzie, the TAB NZ Executive Chair, Peters outlined a requirement for TAB NZ ‘to actively plan contingencies with the (racing) Codes’ in the case of a COVID-19 resurgence. Peters wrote: …

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FDJ rallies on ‘Mission Patrimoine’ in support of French heritage 

Française des Jeux (FDJ) has relaunched its ‘Mission Patrimoine 2020’ national heritage campaign to support French tourism in recovering from COVID-19 impacts. Helping maintain French cultural landmarks and projects, this September FDJ will host five exclusive Mission Patrimoine lotto draws which will contribute direct funds to France’s National Heritage Foundation. Marked as a key 2020 social responsibility directive, FDJ has …

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Codere appoints Rafael Catalá as legal counsel ahead of crucial family showdown

Rafael Catalá, Spain’s former justice minister, has been forced to take control of Codere SA’s legal counsel to oversee the firm’s ongoing shareholder dispute between the Martinez Sampedro family and US debt holders. Spanish business news sources report that an embattled Codere no longer maintains a functional counsel to advise its corporate governance, following the successive departures of three executives …

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Jockey Club CEO steps down following ‘gross misconduct’ inquiry

Delia Bushell, the chief executive officer of the Jockey Club, has stepped down after an independent inquiry upheld allegations of ‘gross misconduct’. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. Having joined the organisation in September 2019, an independent barrister upheld allegations relating to bullying, the use of racist comments and …

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