Tag Archives: Luigi di Maio

AgiproNews Italian View: AGCOM faces coalition collision over Decree criticism

AGCOM, Italy’s communications and media authority has written a letter to the Lega-5Star coalition government stating that the Dignity Decree ban on gambling advertising should be formally reviewed. As the regulatory department tasked with monitoring licensed incumbents advertising behaviour under the Decree’s regime, AGCOM governance has warned Lega-5Star that its ban on gambling advertising is ‘unconstitutional and incompatible’ with Italian …

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AgiproNews Italian View: Miseria… Italian betting faces new tax realities in 2019

Approving the Lega-5Star coalition ‘Budget Law’ on the weekend before Christmas, Italy’s Senate has delivered coal to betting stakeholders’ festive stockings, as a miserable 2018 closes its curtains. From 1 January 2019, Italian land-based and online gambling incumbents will have to undertake a number of quick adjustments to a new tax reality, as Lega-5Star seeks to collect circa €700 million …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View: Leadership tries to convince coalition of maintaining betting reforms

Italy’s betting market continues to grow, despite facing a number of future obstacles combined with further regulatory uncertainties under the governance of the Lega-5Star coalition government. During August, Italian betting recorded total gross-gaming-revenues (GGR) of €111 million, representing a 34% increase on corresponding 2017 results. A breakdown of August GGR figures sees growth in retail betting to €61 million (+41%), …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View: Serie A sponsorship reality contradicts Luigi’s tough narrative

The new Serie A season kicked off on 18 August, with Italian football clubs securing a reported €125 million in lead shirt sponsorship revenues. According to data collected by Italian sports business news source SportEconomy’s ‘football shirt sponsor index’, Serie A football clubs continue to grow their lead partnerships, which have grown year-on-year since 2015, when combined Serie A sponsorships …

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Google conforms to Italian gambling blanket ban policy

Tech giant Google has moved to remove gambling-related content/services from being indexed on its Italian search results. The US firm has updated its Italian advertising policies, preparing for the approved mandate of Italy’s new coalition government’s ‘Dignity Decree’, which implements a blanket ban on forms of gambling/betting marketing, promotions, advertising and sponsorships. Updating stakeholders, Google details that as of 16 …

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Italian betting & media baffled by coalition’s blanket ban

Italian betting, sports and media stakeholders have been left perplexed, following the Council of Ministers approval of the directive to introduce a blanket ban on gambling/betting advertising. Reviewed on Monday, the Council of Ministers would approve Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio’s draft mandate, which introduces an outright ban on all forms of gambling (except the state’s national lottery) across all …

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AgiproNews Italian View – Coalition warned on the dangers of implementing ‘Luigi’s Blanket’

The stark reality of governance by a populist Lega and Five Star coalition is dawning on all Italian industry stakeholders as a draft law circulates of a ‘total ban on betting advertising’. This week the Italian Cabinet will review the draft mandate personally penned by Five Star leader and Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio. Di Maio and Lega leadership …

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AgiproNews Italian View: Industry faces anti-betting Lega – Five Star coalition

The tables have turned yet again for all Italian betting stakeholders, as the coalition of Lega and Five Star Movement, have been sworn in as Italy’s new government. On Friday new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte convinced Italy’s constitutional President Sergio Mattarella, to accept a Lega-5 Star government, having restructured the populist coalition’s executive cabinet and finance ministry. Conte will now lead …

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AgiproNews Italian View: Betting skips Coalition bullet, but political circus hurts all stakeholders

Last week’s failure by Giuseppe Conte Italy’s Prime Minister-designate to form a government has been met with relief by Italian betting industry stakeholders, yet angst remains as Italy faces yet another constitutional crisis. Leading the right-wing populist coalition of the Lega Nord and Five Star Movement, the only parties capable of forming a government, Conte was blocked by Italian President …

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