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BT and Warner Bros. Discovery finalise UK and Ireland sports venture

BT and Warner Bros. Discovery have introduced a 50-50 joint premium sports venture in the UK and Ireland. The collaboration sees BT Sport transferred to Warner Bros. Discovery, meaning that the BT Sport network and Eurosport UK are operated together.  Additionally, BT will gain £93 million from Warner Bros. Discovery and up to around GBP540 million by way of an …

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Flutter brands FanDuel its hyper-growth child as costly UK headwinds mount   

Flutter Entertainment Plc has secured a ‘positive start to year trading’ as the FTSE100 betting group expands its recreational player base to ‘+8.8 million active monthly players (AMPS)’ across its global brand portfolio mitigating UK and Euro market headwinds.  Publishing its Q1 trading update (period ending 31 March), Flutter registered group revenues of £1.56 billion, up 6% on comparative Q1 …

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Soft2Bet awarded licence from the Irish Revenue Commissioners

Casino and sportsbook platform provider Soft2Bet has confirmed this week that it has been given a licence from the Irish Revenue Commissioners, enabling the firm to offer its extensive portfolio of casino games in Ireland.   Soft2Bet’s entry into the Irish market marks yet another strategic move for the operator group which is in the process of expanding its global footprint …

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Peter Jackson: Sustainable play is key for Flutter to match changing UK economics

Peter Jackson, Group CEO of Flutter Entertainment Plc described 2021 results as a ‘tale of two halves” for the FTSE100 betting group’s UK&IRE brands.   Matched against COVID-influenced record wagering Q4 2020 comparatives, Jackson admitted that the group’s flagship UK&IRE business had somewhat lost its trading momentum. UK&IRE teams “saw a very material swing in sports results year-on-year. The swing from …

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Irish bookmakers challenge lottery betting ban

Bookmakers in Ireland have voiced their opposition to the potential passing of a law that would prohibit bets on the National Lottery. As reported in the Irish Examiner, the Seanad will debate a bill today that would ban firms from offering bets on the outcome of the National Lottery draw, which has been available since its formation in the 1980’s. If passed, the bill …

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Paddy Power orders in-store display upgrade powered by BoscaSports

Paddy Power has moved to upgrade its in-store customer engagement by deploying BoscaSports cutting-edge digital displays.  The heritage bookmaker has informed that it will introduce BoscaSports displays to more than 40 of its betting shops in the UK and Ireland by the end of 2022 trading. BoscaSports are the leading provider of digital display technology offering integrated sports display solutions …

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Ireland HRB reports social mobility as a growing problem gambling concern

Social mobility has been outlined as underlining factor by the Health Research Board (HRB) of the Republic of Ireland which found those in deprived areas were more likely to suffer from problem gambling. Publishing its first report on ‘Irish Gambling Trends’, the HRB also found a direct link between those who have high-risk alcohol consumption with higher levels of problem gambling, …

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BoyleSports Eddie Bennett confirms exit as Digital MD

BoyleSports is seeking a new leader for its online division, after incumbent Eddie Bennett announced his departure from the Irish betting group.  Posting a LinkedIn update last Friday, Bennett confirmed that he had chosen to end his six-year tenure as Digital MD of BoyleSports. “Today is my final day at BoyleSports, drawing a close to an exciting and challenging chapter in …

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Esports Technologies multiplies Euro presence by completing Aspire B2C takeover 

Esports Technologies Inc has completed its deal to acquire Aspire Global’s B2C assets for $76 million (€68m). The transformative acquisition will see Esports Technologies significantly expand its igaming portfolio to include the online casino and sportsbook brands of Karamba, Hopa, Griffon Casino, BetTarget, Dansk777 and GenerationVIP. In addition, Esports Technologies will advance its European market profile by securing online gambling …

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Paddy Power ends RTÉ broadcast partnership 

Paddy Power has mutually ended its sponsorship of televised football matches with Irish terrestrial TV broadcaster RTÉ. The decision comes ahead of a new voluntary code of conduct that will be observed from 1 January by members of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA). The code’s headline measure will impose a ‘whistle-to-whistle ban on sports betting advertising during sports broadcasts, mirroring …

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