Sport

Vanarama National moves towards immediate conclusion

Vanarama National League clubs have voted by a ‘clear majority’ to cancel all remaining fixtures for its three non-league divisions. In total 90 per cent of all National League clubs, across its three leagues, responded to the organisation’s proposal to end the playing season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020. As a result, the National …

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Government and racing face criticism for Cheltenham 2020 go-ahead 

UK racing is facing a media and political backlash for its decision to host the 2020 Cheltenham Festival in early March, as COVID-19 cases began to spread across the country. At Monday’s ‘UK Coronavirus Briefing’, Angela McLean – the government’s deputy Chief Medical Advisor – stated that an inquiry should be held post-lockdown on the ‘epidemiological consequences’ of UK sports maintaining …

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MGA and ICC form data-sharing collaboration

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has strengthened its sports integrity capacity by entering a data-sharing agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The announcement sees the MGA continue its 2020 agenda of collaborating with wider industry stakeholders, seeking to directly tackle online gambling’s current threats and future challenges. The ICC governs and administrates international cricket across the world, with its …

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UK racing secures £22m hardship fund

A £22 million ‘hardship fund’ has been launched by The Horserace Betting Levy Board (Levy Board) and the Racing Foundation supporting horseracing stakeholders impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The newly reformed Levy Board acts as a non-departmental public body, in charge of collecting and organising the finances of  UK racing through betting taxes, fundraising and further on-course activities. Its counterpart the …

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EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors

English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has emphasised in an open letter that plans are put in place to continue its Championship, League 1 and League 2 campaigns behind closed doors, with all remaining matches set to be aired either online or on TV. The plans will commence providing the government issues it is safe to do so, as the …

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SPFL concludes Ladbrokes Championship with COVID crisis plan

Scotland’s Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 has reached a ‘written resolution’ effective immediately after the SPFL’s COVID-19 crisis plan was passed. The plan, passed by 81 per cent of all SPFL clubs including the Ladbrokes Premiership, has resulted in Dundee United FC being crowned Championship champions. However, Scotland’s top decision has not been affected in the …

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France Galop eyes May return for French Racing

France Galop, the governing body of French horseracing, is awaiting government approval to restart its racing schedule behind closed doors. Updating the media, France Galop seeks to resume its track meetings in May following the enforced suspension of all French professional sports on 17 March, complying with the government’s national lockdown orders. This weekend, President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that France’s …

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BetVictor terminates its Isthmian amateur football profile

The Isthmian Premier League has issued a statement confirming that BetVictor has opted to terminate its title sponsorship agreement which covers its syndicated leagues. Established in 1905, the Isthmian League is a regional men’s semi-pro football association formed by amateur clubs across London, the East and South East of England. Last summer, Gibraltar-based bookmaker BetVictor secured a two-season deal to …

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Equine intervention maintains Rikstoto independence

Norway’s government has confirmed that state-owned racing operator Rikstoto will continue to function as an independent entity.   Last November, the Norwegian government ordered the Ministry of Culture to undertake a review of state-owned gambling assets, assessing whether its larger Norsk Tipping lottery and wagering franchise should absorb Rikstoto services. The Ministry’s review further evaluated whether Rikstoto’s state racing monopoly and …

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BtoBet introduces new strategy to shift sports betting reliance

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The ongoing COVID-19 crisis can be turned into an opportunity for bookmakers to diversify strategies and overcome an over-reliance on the sports betting calendar, said BtoBet CEO Alessandro Fried. The sportsbook and igaming platform provider has initiated a new strategy designed to help operators retain a current fold of players and shift engagement from betting on sports events to other alternative …

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