Court dismisses college football data rights claim

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 26th October 2018 | By contenteditor AGA calls for athletes to ‘work constructively’ with betting industry after Indiana ruling Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Legal & compliance Regions: US Indianacenter_img Court dismisses college football data rights claim The American Gaming Association (AGA) has called for athletes to embrace sports betting rather than attempt to “extract fees” after a court dismissed three former college football stars’ claims for payment for use of their game stats.An Indianapolis court ruled former Northern Illinois University (NIU) players Akeem Daniels, Cameron Stingily and Nick Stoner did not have to be recompensed by DraftKings and FanDuel for the use of their names and statistics. The case was initially filed in 2016 when the two companies were solely daily fantasy sports operators, although they now both offer sports betting.The claimants cited Indiana’s right of publicity law which states that a company cannot use a person’s name or likeness without permission. However, Justice Steven David said the law had not been violated “because the use falls within the meaning of ‘material that has newsworthy value,’ an exception under the statute.”The ruling was in line with a previous federal court decision, which was also dismissed because of the ‘newsworthiness’ exception. R. Stanton Dodge, DraftKings’ chief legal officer, said “sports statistics – and the ability for all fans to freely access them – have always been at the centre of the American sports fan experience.”Reflecting on the Indianapolis decision, Chris Cylke, the AGA’s vice-president of government relations, told iGamingBusiness.com that athletes, teams and rights holders should embrace the opportunities heralded by the legal betting sector developing across the US, which could be worth $4bn per annum for sport according to recent AGA research.“This builds on the already extensive jurisprudence concluding facts are not protected under IP and/or right of publicity laws,” Cylke said.“As it relates to sports betting, we hope this further encourages sports leagues and player associations to work constructively with the gaming industry to establish a robust legal market for betting, which our research shows will be worth more than $4bn in new revenue to them.“Attempting to use legislatures and the courts to extract fees and direct payments from sports book operators severely undercuts the prospects of success for a legal market that can benefit consumers, operators, leagues and governments alike.”One organisation that is embracing the sports betting sector is the NHL’s New Jersey Devils who this week became the first major league sports team to agree to host a betting zone within their home arena. Their deal with William Hill, which will see a dedicated lounge installed at the 19,500-capacity Prudential Center in Newark, has been welcomed by the AGA.Cylke told iGamingBusiness.com: “The emergence of new advertising partnerships between operators and sports teams further underscores the fact that the gaming industry has been embraced by Americans as a mainstream form of entertainment.“AGA is committed to working with our members and other stakeholders to ensure sports betting advertising is done responsibly, whether on television, the internet or in stadiums and arenas around the country.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

UK gambling giants to discuss voluntary ad crackdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The UK’s leading gambling operators will today (Tuesday) meet to discuss a range of new voluntary restrictions on advertising, which could see the end of in-play odds being displayed on TV.Industry sources have confirmed to iGamingBusiness.com that the board of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) will discuss a range of changes to the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) advertising code later today amid growing calls for a government-led crackdown.Among the measures to be discussed are a total ban on pre-watershed advertising – with no exception for sports broadcasts – and banning ads promoting in-play odds.The RGA members, which include the likes of William Hill, GVC, The Stars Group and Paddy Power Betfair, will also debate whether to restrict gambling ads to one slot per commercial break.The association was unwilling to be drawn on the exact changes that could be discussed at the meeting, aside from confirming the potential enhancements and additions would be discussed.“At this stage it would be wrong to speculate on the outcome of the review, but we are all very mindful of the public concerns that have been expressed about the amount of sports’ betting advertising that takes place on television,” RGA social responsibility and regulatory affairs manager Stella Dalton said.While the prospect of such controls being introduced across the industry may appear radical, a number of similar restrictions are already set to be introduced or have been proposed.For example, UK broadcaster Sky last month announced plans to limit gambling ads to one slot per commercial break from the start of the 2019-20 Premier League season. From 2020, all Sky subscribers will also have the option to have their set top boxes replace gambling ads with alternative commercials.GVC, owner of the Ladbrokes, Coral, bwin and Sportingbet brands, has spoken out in favour of a ban on gambling ads being shown around sports broadcasts before the 9PM watershed, as part of a range of corporate social responsibility measures announced in October this year.The RGA has also voiced its suppport for new controls on advertising. In response to the UK Gambling Commission’s review of online gaming, published in March this year, the association said that it had committed to backing new restrictions on operator ads.The discussions will take place against a backdrop of increasing pressure from parliament and the public to introduce stricter regulations for the UK gambling industry. This has already seen the government forced into an embarrassing climb-down on its decision to implement a reduction in maximum fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) stakes to £2 from October 2019.The decision sparked an outcry and the resignation of Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch, and an amendment to force the implementation date forward to April 2019 attracted support from all political parties. This ultimately led to the government agreeing to bring the implementation forward in order to avoid having its 2019 Finance Bill voted down. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Marketing & affiliates UK gambling giants to discuss voluntary ad crackdown 20th November 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting New advertising restrictions to be discussed at RGA board meeting later today Email Addresslast_img read more

Parx begins PA live test of online sportsbook

first_img Regions: US Pennsylvania Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment’s Parx Casino has become the second Pennsylvania licensee to begin a live test of its online sportsbook, ahead of a full roll-out later this week.As with the launch of the state’s first online sportsbook PlaySugarHouse.com, the Kambi-powered Parx offering will undergo a three-day operational test. This began yesterday (June 25), with the sportsbook live from 4PM Eastern Time until midnight.Later today (June 26) it will begin taking bets from 2PM, then from midday on Wednesday (June 27). Provided this test is completed without any issues, Parx will be given the green light for a full roll-out.In May Parx generated revenue of $639,922 from its land-based sportsbook, a 29.5% month-on-month decline.Read the full story on iGB North America. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 25th June 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Tech & innovation Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Parx begins PA live test of online sportsbook Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment’s Parx Casino has become the second Pennsylvania licensee to begin a live test of its online sportsbook, ahead of a full roll-out later this week. Email Addresslast_img read more

UK operator complaints rocket 5,000% in five years

first_img The number of UK consumers complaining about gambling operators has increased by almost 5,000% over the last five years, according to Gambling Commission figures obtained by BBC’s Panorama programme. 12th August 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance Strategy UK operator complaints rocket 5,000% in five years The number of UK consumers complaining about gambling operators has increased by almost 5,000% over the last five years, according to Gambling Commission figures obtained by BBC’s Panorama programme.A total of 8,266 people registered a complaint in 2018, up from just 169 in 2013, with the majority of issues related to an operator not paying out on a winning bet or not operating in a socially responsible manner. This will be one of the headline findings of a special report that will be broadcast in the UK later today (12 August).Despite this rise, Commission executive director Neil McArthur told the programme it can be seen as a positive for the UK gambling industry, with consumers taking more responsibility.“We are pushing the industry to know its customers, and part of this is actually, possibly, a good sign because it’s suggesting that consumers are demanding more of the gambling operators, and I would encourage them to continue to do that,” he said.The rise in complaints mirrors an increase in betting activity in the UK in recent years, with consumers spending £14.5bn (€15.7bn/$17.5bn) on gambling in the 12 months to September 2018. Although this was down 0.4% on the 12 months to March 2018, online gambling spend was up to £5.6bn and continues to rise.However, the Commission told BBC Panorama that is has no plans to introduce a maximum stake for online gaming, despite having successfully lobbied the UK government to take such action on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).On 1 April this year, new rules came into effect lowering the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2 as part of an effort to clamp down on problem gambling.The BBC Panorama report will also look at cases where consumers had lost large sums of money while gambling online. One player, named Amanda, lost £633,000 over a number of years, gambling away the money she made from selling her house in the process.Jackpotjoy, who the player had been gambling with, said it acted in accordance with relevant regulatory requirements and encouraged the player to use its responsible gambling tools.“This included the use of deposit limits, cooling-off periods and alternative withdrawal methods; tools which Amanda was aware of and used during the time she played with us,” Jackpotjoy told BBC Panorama.Image: Santeri Viinamäki Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shopslast_img read more

Industry participation in AIDP survey doubles

first_img Email Address Industry participation in AIDP survey doubles Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 3rd September 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The gambling industry’s growing commitment to diversity has been illustrated by a doubling of organisations committing to taking part in the All-in Diversity Project’s second annual survey.Some 50 operators, suppliers and regulators have already agreed to volunteer information on diversity, inclusion and workplace equality compared to 25 in its inaugural year.Those who have committed to participate include major companies such as GVC Holdings, Flutter Entertainment, Kindred Group and International Game Technology, with others still able to take part.The results of the survey will be used to create the All-in Diversity Project’s annual report, the All-Index, which measures and benchmarks progress across the industry. It is due to be published in May 2020.“All-in Diversity Project aims to be the central data resource for the global betting and gambling industry when it comes to diversity, inclusion and equality,” All-In Diversity Project co-founder Kelly Kehn said. “The business case for diversity has already been proven, but we now need to start separating testing our assumptions based upon facts and not fiction.“The best way of understanding the landscape, identifying trends challenges and opportunities is by gathering this data is via our annual survey, which we then use to create the All-Index which in turn acts as a benchmark for progress year on year.“I am delighted that so far we have seen twice as many industry stakeholders take part as last year and invite anyone that hasn’t completed the survey to do so.”The 45-question survey is available to any organisation, including operators, suppliers, regulators and associations. Organisations that participate receive a complimentary copy of the All-Index together with their own private results and corresponding analysis. Topics: People The gambling industry’s growing commitment to diversity has been illustrated by a doubling of organisations committing to taking part in the All-in Diversity Project’s second annual survey. Peoplelast_img read more

Philippines lawmaker files bill to introduce new POGO tax

first_img31st October 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legislation designed to clarify the tax status of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) has been filed in the country’s legislature.House Bill 5267, introduced by Rep Joey Salceda, would see the 52 registered POGO hubs in the country taxed as licensees of the regulator, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). They would register as “resident corporations”, which would be the basis for a new tax of 5% on annual gross income.In introducing the bill, Salceda, who is chairman of the influential House Committee on Ways and Means, explained why the changes were needed.He said: “Questions have emerged on whether POGOs do business in the Philippines, with implications on their tax status. As the services are rendered in the Philippines, this bill seeks to definitively answer that POGOs indeed do business in the country.“Codifying the tax regime for POGOs will provide the government a broader set of levers with which to monitor and oversee the industry and to stabilize the gyrations in tax revenue intake and enforcement.”The bill would also formalise the tax affairs of POGO employees, with those who are permanent residents of a foreign country and employed in the Philippines by an offshore gaming licensee subject to pay a tax of 15% on earnings.Salceda said he is also planning to impose a $10,000 monthly gaming tax per table for live setup casino in those offshore gaming hubs operating under the POGO system.The country’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has collected PHP1.63bn (£24.9m/€28.7m/$31.9m) in withholding taxes from POGOs between January and August 2019, a significant increase on previous years. In 2017 these businesses paid just PHP175m, and PHP579m in 2018.With POGOs employing 108,914 foreign workers, the Philippines authorities have stepped up efforts to ensure all are paying taxes this year, shuttering those that fail to do so.This saw Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corporation (GEGAC) temporarily closed for failing to pay correct taxes, forcing the company to make an initial payment of PHP250m before it agreed to settle the PHP1.05bn outstanding in three instalments to resume operations.Earlier this month the BIR also padlocked the two offices owned by Altech Innovations Business Outsourcing after the company failed to register as a value-added tax (VAT) payer, in violation of the country’s National Internal Revenue Code.It comes after the issuance of new POGO licences was halted until the end of 2019, amid concerns related to illegal activity by operators, and allowing for a review of existing contracts.However, despite pressure from China, the Philippines has refused to ban online gaming outright, citing the economic benefits it brings to the country. Legal & compliance Regions: Asia Philippines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Philippines lawmaker files bill to introduce new POGO tax Legislation designed to clarify the tax status of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) has been filed in the country’s legislature. Tags: Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

Relax Gaming brings in Tommi Maijala as new chief executive

first_img Email Address Casino & games 1st November 2019 | By contenteditor Relax Gaming brings in Tommi Maijala as new chief executive iGaming content developer and aggregation platform provider Relax Gaming has named former Kindred Group executive Tommi Maijala as its new chief executive, with his predecessor Daniel Eskola shifting to a new role as chief commercial officer. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machinescenter_img Topics: Casino & games People Strategy Tech & innovation Slots Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter iGaming content developer and aggregation platform provider Relax Gaming has named former Kindred Group executive Tommi Maijala as its new chief executive, with his predecessor Daniel Eskola shifting to a new role as chief commercial officer.Maijala (pictured) most recently served as chief commercial officer for Kindred’s Malta business, overseeing its operations in Australia, France and the UK. He joined the operator in 2015, after it acquired his previous business iGame Group, where he held a number of roles from 2008, rising to lead the business as CEO.“Having followed Relax Gaming from day one, I am extremely honoured to join the team and continue to take the company to new heights alongside Daniel,” Maijala said.“Relax Gaming has been on a fantastic journey since 2010, growing significantly in the last two years in terms of product, offices, talent and market visibility. It’s great to be a part of such a promising future.”Eskola added: “Tommi is a highly respected individual in the industry and I look forward to working with him to realise the untapped commercial potential for Relax Gaming and unlock further growth as our product offering and reputation grows.”Following Maijala’s appointment, Eskola, who served as CEO for the past 18 months, moves aside to take charge of the business’ commercial strategy. He will focus on bringing the business to new markets and striking strategic partnerships in the role.The supplier explained that by splitting the management functions from the commercial activities, the pair would be able to focus on multiple business areas, ensuring Relax could continue its recent growth.“I’m very excited to dedicate more time to scale our business as CCO and lend more support to the already great work our commercial team has delivered in the last 18 months,” Eskola said.last_img read more

AGA names Aristocrat Leisure’s Croker as new chair

first_img The American Gaming Association (AGA) has appointed Trevor Croker, chief executive and managing director of Aristocrat Leisure, as its new chairman.Croker succeeds Tim Wilmott, the president and chief executive of Penn National Gaming, who has led the AGA since 2018.Croker has served on the AGA board since taking on the role of chief executive at Aristocrat in 2017, prior to which he held a number of leadership positions at the slot machine manufacturer.“It’s a great privilege to lead the AGA during a time of great growth and change in the gaming industry,” Croker said. “I look forward to continuing the progress made under Tim’s leadership to modernise the industry and make responsible gaming a signature priority.”Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Address Topics: Casino & games People Strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AGA names Aristocrat Leisure’s Croker as new chair Regions: US 8th November 2019 | By contenteditor Casino & gameslast_img read more

Casinos Austria scandal leads to calls for end to monopoly

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Austria’s leading gambling trade group has called for an end to Casinos Austria’s monopoly in light of the political scandal currently engulfing the operator. 22nd November 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Western Europe Austria Email Address Casino & gamescenter_img Topics: Casino & games Austria’s leading gambling trade group has called for an end to Casinos Austria’s monopoly in light of the political scandal currently engulfing the operator.The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) has spoken out in response to the developing investigation into the relationship between Casinos Austria, its chief finance officer Peter Sidlo (pictured), who is also a Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) district councillor in Vienna, and shareholder in Novomatic.It has been claimed that Sidlo’s appointment was linked to licence awards in Vienna. Sidlo and Novomatic deny any wrongdoing.Last week, Economic and Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA) officers carried out further raids as part of their investigation following on from initial searches back in August.In a statement, OVWG, which represents online gambling and sports betting providers, said: “The developments of the past few days have shown one thing: Austria urgently needs to rethink its monopoly on gambling.“On the one hand, this concerns the multiple function of the Federal Minister of Finance as the supervisory authority, licensing body and co-owner. On the other hand, it is an unjustifiable fact that there is only one national online gambling license, which also raises significant concerns about its compliance with EU law.”Sidlo’s appointment to his position with Casinos Austria in May was met by some consternation with some suggesting he did not have the required experience for the chief finance officer role. After an investigation was launched into the appointment and the licence awards, he was suspended in September.Casinos Austria has had a monopoly on casino operations in Austria since 2016, when three other operators had their licences revoked.In its statement, OVWG highlighted Denmark as the blueprint for a successful regulatory regime, offering player protection for customers, legal security for companies and comprehensive control, and guaranteed tax revenues for the state.“Exemplary countries such as Denmark show that these objectives can be achieved through the introduction of a licensing system in which licenses are not limited in quantity but are subject to compliance with high player protection standards,” OVWG said.“All relevant suppliers on the Danish market have applied for such licenses and can therefore be fully controlled by the Danish authorities.” Casinos Austria scandal leads to calls for end to monopoly AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Sportradar lands US-facing data deal with Intralot

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports data services provider Sportradar has agreed a wide-ranging data supply deal with lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot in the US. Topics: Sports betting Sports data services provider Sportradar has agreed a wide-ranging data supply deal with lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot in the US.Under the agreement, Sportradar will provide Intralot with all of its pre-match and live data requirements for sports betting, including official data feeds from all major US leagues.Intralot will supply this data to various partner lotteries across the US including Washington DC, Montana, New Hampshire and New Mexico.“Sportradar’s commitment to the US market together with our existing long collaboration in the rest of the world were critical factors in our partnership process,” Intralot’s interim chief executive Byron Boothe said.Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US 27th January 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img Sports betting Sportradar lands US-facing data deal with Intralot Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more