Nigerian Sports Award: Moses, Oshoala Win Big

first_imgRelated2017 CAF African Footballer Of The Year: Top Three Nominees’ Announcement Date RevealedDecember 11, 2017In “Africa”Moses, Oshoala Win Big At 2018 AITEO/NFF AwardsFebruary 20, 2018In “Africa”Asisat Oshoala’s Dad Shows Emotional Side During Her Speech At The 2017 AITEO/CAF Awards (Video)January 6, 2018In “Lifestyle” Super Eagles star Victor Moses and his Super Falcons counterpart, Asisat Oshoala, have won the Footballer (men) and Footballer (women) of the Year Award respectively at the 2017 Nigerian Sports Award.Victor Moses was rewarded for his stellar performances for club and country while Oshoala took the Footballer (women) of the Year Award.The Nigerian Sports Awards is the brainchild of Unmissable Incentives Limited and BusyBuddies, a leading light in Nigerian Sports Journalism, is delighted with its partnership with the award ceremony dating back to the 5th edition in 2016. 2017 Nigerian Sports Awards Winners:-Footballer of the Year (Men)Victor Moses-Footballer of the Year (Women)Asisat Oshoala-Coach of the YearPAkuh Purity-Team of the YearD’Tigress-Ball Person of the YearEvelyn Akhator (D’Tigress)-Wrestler of the YearOdunayo Adekuroye-Sports Man of the YearQuadri Aruna-Sports Woman of the YearOdunayo AdekuroyeVictor -Dicovery of the YearGeorgia Oboh-Sports Administrator of the YearDaniel Igali and Waheed Enitan Oshodi-Sports GovernorEmmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom)last_img read more


Mr Green lists up on main Nasdaq Nordic market

first_img Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Per NormanThe governance of Mr Green & Co (Mr Green) has confirmed that the company has officially moved its main market listing from Sweden’s mid-size AktieTorget, to floating on the Nasdaq Nordic Market (Stockholm).The European igaming operator becomes the 76th enterprise to list at Nasdaq’s Nordic markets in 2016. This November, Mr Green’s governance announced that it would change main listing for the bigger Nasdaq market stating that it viewed its decision as a ‘logical step’ for the company’s long-term progression.Commenting on the firm’s Nasdaq Nordic listing Mr Green CEO Per Norman stated “We launched our new technology platform earlier this year and have already started to implement and deliver on our new business strategy, and there is no doubt that our customers like the new Mr Green”“I am happy and proud of what our organisation has achieved in such a short period of time and look forward to our journey of change towards continued growth”.In its November  update to corporate stakeholders,  Mr Green governance detailed that its placement on the Nasdaq’s main Scandinavian market would help the operator ‘attract a broader range of investors’ as the company continues to target international growth. Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020last_img read more


Ladbrokes makes Grand National formula with Carol Vorderman

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Ladbrokes has joined forces with Carol Vorderman to help punters pick out a winner from the 40 horses lining up for this year’s Grand National.The Maths whizz and former Countdown co-host has worked with Ladbrokes – Rank 4/5 on Bookmaker Ratings – on a winning formula to help novice punters pick the first past the post from the runners and riders at Aintree.Vorderman said: “I use all sorts of unscientific methods to choose a horse to back at the Grand National. And this year I’ve devised a formula for Ladbrokes that I hope will help me win. My formula is simple and a bit of fun.“You take the first letter of your surname and assign it a number from 1 to 26. So, ‘A’ equals 1, ‘B’ equals 2, and so on until ‘Y’ equals 25 and ‘Z’ equals 26. For me, ‘V’ for Vorderman is number 22 in the alphabet, so that’s my first number.“You then take a number from 0 to 14. Lots of people claim the number seven as their lucky number, so I’m choosing that this year. Add those two numbers together, and you’ll have a number between one and 40. I’ve got 22 + 7 = 29, and that’s the horse on the race card I’ll be backing.”As the excitement for Saturday’s race builds, research commissioned by Ladbrokes shows that The Grand National is still the nation’s favourite, with one in three naming it as their favourite horseracing event. Red Rum is the most recognisable horse, with 27% naming the three-time Grand National winner as their favourite, while Sir Tony McCoy tops the poll of favourite jockeys with 12% of the vote.Vorderman continued: “I love the Grand National, but I haven’t been to Aintree before. This year, I’ll be going with some of my friends from I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Sam Quek is an Aintree ambassador, and Ola Jordan and I are going as her guests. I hope I beat them at the bookies – if I’d used this formula last year, I’d have won at 33/1, with Rule The World!”Nicola McGeady, Head of Racing PR at Ladbrokes, added: “The Grand National is the biggest betting event on the calendar, so we wanted to make choosing a winner as easy as possible – and who better than one of the nation’s most popular maths whizzes and TV personalities to show us how. We think Carol’s system does just that.” Share Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more


Quinn family ‘back in business’ following launch of Quinnbet Ireland

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Submit Former billionaire Seán Quinn has launched new online sportsbook Quinnbet, aiming to ‘ruffle up’ the Irish and UK betting sectors.The new sportsbook represents Quinn’s first venture since the multi-billion collapse of Irish conglomerate the Quinn Group in 2010.Quinn was once considered Ireland’s richest person (2008), with an estimated personal wealth of €3.5-4 billion. However, the Irish tycoon lost his assets having been saddled with debts related to the 2009 bankruptcy of the Anglo-Irish Bank.Officially launching Quinnbet in Ireland last week, sports mad Quinn stated that ‘the family was back in business’. Quinnbet operations will be led by son Sean Jnr acting as CEO, with further Quinn family members taking on senior positions within the new company.Registered in Ireland Quinnbet is wholly owned by Seán Quinn, with Seán Quinn Jnr, brother-in-law Seán Kelly and Cavan businessman Séamus McMahon, of Kilconny, Belturbet, listed as company directors.Speaking to Irish business news sources, an ambitious Sean Jnr stated that Quinnbet aims ‘to mix-it up with established brands in online betting’.  As CEO, Sean Jnr detailed that the sportsbook would initially aim to offer the best product, market-range and pricing for Ireland’s unique betting punters.Quinnbet is being powered by FSB Tech and Quinn added about the relationship: “We’re very excited about the prospect of the new site and the app that goes with it and believe FSB’s tailored approach are perfect for our ambitious plans. We now have the right tools to deliver a top-class betting experience and are very confident we’ll be able to offer a very competitive product alongside the larger brands.”FSB Business Development Director Richard Thorp commented: “The Quinn family are a huge name in Ireland and we are honoured to have signed them to our service which will enable them to refine and grow their online offer.”last_img read more


The Stars Group hits revenue & earnings high notes ahead of 2018 enlargement

first_img Share Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Publishing its full-year 2017 results (period ending 31 December), Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc declares a year of transformative change and evolution for its services and operations.The TSX online gambling group sustains double-digit growth across its core metrics and KPIs, with Stars Group further strengthening its product diversification and international growth strategy.In 2017, Stars Group corporate revenues hit the $1.3 billion mark (FY2016: $1.15 billion), with the company reporting a richer product revenue split between its poker and casino/sports verticals.The Stars Group records online poker revenues of $877.3 million for the year (+3.7%) supported by its ‘fast growth’ casino and sportsbook verticals reporting revenues of $384 million for 2017, up 45.4% on corresponding FY2016 performance.The firms strengthened revenue position, would see Stars Group record a 2017 corporate adjusted EBITDA $600 million (FY2016: $526 million).Closing its full-year 2017 accounts, Stars Group governance declares 2017 net revenues of $259 million, a 91% increase on FY2016’s $135 million.During 2017, the Stars Group restructured its Executive management team, focusing on product diversification, under the leadership of Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi.Furthermore, the TSX enterprise launched its new Stars Rewards player loyalty programme, its major product initiative for 2017.This march, Ashkenazi and his new executive team completed their first major investment, purchasing 80% equity in Australian online betting operator CrownBet.Updating investors Rafi Ashkenazi, The Stars Group Inc Group CEO commented on 2017 corporate performance;“We maintained our global dominance in online poker, with the business experiencing year-over-year growth in that vertical, our online casino has already become one of the largest in the world since its launch in 2014, and our emerging online sportsbook not only recorded meaningful growth in turnover and revenues but started to become a secondary customer acquisition channel.”“During the year, we strengthened our core senior management team, delivered another year of record revenues, significantly deleveraged and continued to strengthen our balance sheet, all while investing in marketing, growth initiatives and technology infrastructure to support the long-term growth of our business,” added Ashkenazi.  “In 2018, we are continuing to execute on our growth initiatives, including through geographic expansion, inorganic growth, and improving our focus on and understanding of our customers, and we are beginning to realize our goal of becoming the world’s favourite iGaming destination.” BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more


ICS gets PL ready by launching Alexa Skill for online bookmakers

first_img Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Punters can now receive team-by-team news and audio blasts via Amazon’s personal assistant, after Independent Content Services (ICS) launched Amazon Alexa Skill in time for the new season.The new service delivers the latest team news, in-play match reports and sports bulletins plus a daily betting brief, all compiled and recorded by ICS’s large team of specialist sports broadcast reporters. It has been released through the ClubCall brand.By simply asking Alexa to “Open ClubCall” users of the fast-growing audio platform can select the latest news and information on all Premier League teams as well as audio blasts for key events during matches, such as a goal being scored.In addition, it can be used to offer expert betting tips to users, as well as provide information for individual teams, leagues and sports. ICS is offering to white-label its content to online bookmakers and media outlets, who can send out their own custom news blasts to punters.Ian Holding, Director at ICS, said: “Amazon Alexa and other voice services are becoming increasingly popular in households all over the world. The platform provides such an easy and effective way to access meaningful content without being crouched over a screen.“For online bookmakers, it is another touchpoint for them to engage with their customers and provide them with valuable information.“The key thing is to create a custom Skill with a real person delivering relevant content. Not only is the real thing far more entertaining and engaging than a computer-voiced text but people also place more trust in human voices.“We specialise in audio production and our radio-style information services can really help differentiate operators and help to get them noticed by a new type of customer.“Audio represents the future, especially as we are becoming increasingly bombarded with visual messages on small screens, and voice is the most effective communication tool we possess.“Google are also developing searchable algorithms for audio and once audio content is indexed in a similar way to text, it could open up a whole new world of exciting opportunities.“Our Clubcall Alexa Skill has been well received during its beta-test, and we look forward to rolling it out with online bookmakers and other partners in the coming months.”ICS offers bookmakers a raft of products including radio broadcasts, off-tube commentary on all Premier League games, as well as news stories, features and previews.The group also offers a comprehensive translation and localisation service spanning 65 languages including German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Swahili.ICS will mark its first Betting on Sports stand debut by creating personalised audio recordings, in which the names of conference delegates are placed at the heart of iconic moments in football history. Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more


On The Ball – The Premier League reveals Hall of Fame while clubs garner new partners

first_imgShare Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, InsiderSport has you covered.This week’s OTB reports on the Premier League’s historic Hall of Fame announcement plus sponsorship dealings with Watford, Croatia and Russia.The Premier League unveils Hall of Fame The Premier League has officially launched its own Hall of Fame in which two inductees will be announced on 19 March, 2020.The Hall of Fame will be officially sponsored by the league’s official beer partner Budweiser, as an extension on the company’s current partnership.Premier League’s CEO Richard Masters stated: “Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season.“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”In a statement issued, the organisation outlined that Hall of Fame will be ‘the highest individual honour awarded to player’ by the league, with the first two inductees to be revealed on the same date as the launch.On the same date, a shortlist of nominees will be announced, with Premier League fans allowed to have their say on who should also be included in the inaugural line-up.Watford soars with American Airlines dealWatford Football Club has revealed American Airlines as its official airline partner for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.American Airlines will seek to garner the attention of millions of football fans across the globe as part of the collaboration with the Premier League team. While Watford will be able to engage with a significant number of American Airlines customers worldwide, as the football club’s own content and highlights being placed on the flight entertainment systems and in the on-flight magazine.Watford FC Chairman Scott Duxbury commented: “We’ve been delighted to meet Tom and his team in agreeing this partnership. It’s clear they have an ambition to be different and succeed in their industry, so our aims are similar in that respect. I hope this marks the start of a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”Tom Lattig, Managing Director for EMEA Sales at American Airlines, concluded: “It is our shared purpose at American Airlines to connect people from all over the world on life’s journey.“Whether we’re flying fans to a game or promoting the club’s highlights onboard our flights, our 130,000-strong team are delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of Watford Football Club.”TIANBO strikes agreement with Croatian footballStrengthening two companies’ cross-continental appeal, Philippines based technology TIANBO has announced a commercial partnership with the Croatian Football Federation (HNS).HNS will be able to expand its commercial activities through the partnership with TIANBO, a global provider of online entertainment with the likes of TIANBO Sports.Hashtage’s CEO Rongtian He, who brokered the deal between the two firms, told InsiderSport: “We have a really good relationship with TIANBO and we helped them approach the national team to see if they would like to consider a partnership. It happened very quickly, in just about four months.“This is the Croatian National Team’s first time working with Asian branding so there was some characteristic understanding, so they can learn how to understand the audience.HNS president and 1998 Golden Boot winner Davor Šuker added: “The Vatreni and their iconic red-and-white checkers are instantly recognisable worldwide, and they serve as an emblem of Croatia and of Croatian sports. TIANBO Technology provides an online entertainment brand with a particular focus on security technology features such as data encryption.Russia’s football league teams with fintech brand TinkoffFintech firm Tinkoff has been revealed as the Russian Football Premier League’s (RFPL) principal partner in an arrangement that will span three seasons.The agreement sees the Russian fintech company’s brand being integrated in RFPL’s various sponsorship opportunities including television broadcasts, digital platforms and in-stadia promotion during games, whilst also becoming title sponsors of the league.Oliver Hughes, Chairman of the Management Board at Tinkoff Bank commented: “We at Tinkoff are delighted to become a title partner of the League and support the Russian football – something that many of our employees are passionate about. “We see this partnership as an opportunity to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, including those in business and marketing integration.”Tinkoff will be seeking to grow its offering by increasing its opportunities through the partnership with RFPL, including tapping into new channels to attract football fans and selling football tickets.Sergey Pryadkin, RFPL President also praised the partnership: “We are happy to team up with Tinkoff, one of the leaders in its market, boasting innovative and dynamic business. We are deeply impressed by Tinkoff’s fresh and sporting character. It focuses on today’s energetic digital audience – the people we rely on strategically. Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Sharelast_img read more


bet365 continues Manchester expansion with new offices

first_img Leading UK online bookmaker, bet365 has expanded its operating capacity within Manchester after confirming it has taken a five-year lease on a city-centre building.It comes after the online bookmaker launched its DevOPs department in November 2019, which significantly boosted bet365’s operational capacity.“We are thrilled to welcome Bet365 to the final three floors at Core,” said James Whitcher, Asset Management Director, Boultbee Brooks Real Estate.“Securing Bet365 against stiff competition is testament to the quality of the Core development and the whole project team who worked tirelessly to deliver an impressive transformation of a previously unloved building.”“We’re delighted to secure such a high profile company for the remaining space at CORE. Following its comprehensive refurbishment, CORE has become one of Manchester’s most popular and sought after office buildings, appealing to tenants seeking a mix of modern office suites and collaborative workspaces,” added Jonathan Cook, Associate Director at CBRE Manchester.In 2018, bet365 established a Manchester-based tech support office housed in the city’s Spring Gardens area, led by Warren Hughes the firm’s Head of Systems Development.The bookmaker’s enlarged Manchester tech support unit is operated by subsidiary Hillside Technology, tasked with forming a bet365 ‘site reliability engineering‘ team. Submit Related Articles Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more


GVC and MGM activate $450m playbook for JV prospects

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Shareholders of GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts have sanctioned a further funding round in joint-venture property ROAR Digital, increasing investment in the US market venture to $450 million.The funding is approved to accelerate ROAR’s flagship sportsbook property of BetMGM, which since its launch in 2018 is on track to operate in 11 US states by the end of year trading.ROAR’s second tranche of funding follows an initial commitment of $200 million in the joint-venture, triggered by GVC and MGM investors at the start of 2019 as BetMGM began its US market proceedings.GVC and MGM state that the investment ‘underpins their commitment’ to ensure that BetMGM becomes the lead sportsbook and igaming business for the regulated US market, in which ROAR will maintain ‘$370 million of investable capital’ for its expansion directives.“We launched this business to combine the best of MGM Resorts and GVC, and establish BetMGM as a leading brand in the US sports betting and iGaming markets,” said Adam Greenblatt, CEO of ROAR Digital.“With broad market access secured, our long-term technology foundations now firmly established, and a high performing team in place, this further unequivocal support from our two shareholders will ensure we can achieve leading market positions in this exciting industry that is growing even faster than our initial expectations.”Moving forward, ROAR seeks to dominate US wagering in the ‘four core strategic tenants’ of market access, customer reach, technology and people.Citing strong year-one foundations, ROAR has secured market access to 19 states, approximately 50% of the US population.Further imminent prospects will see ROAR launch BetMGM to Yahoo Sports’ 64 million monthly active users, activating its exclusive media partnership upon the imminent return of US pro sports calendar.“Sports betting and iGaming are fundamental to what MGM Resorts does best,” added Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO & President of MGM Resorts.“Our investment in ROAR is a demonstration of our continued excitement about the unique benefit of offering unforgettable, premier entertainment experiences to millions of our loyal guests directly through BetMGM. We believe this competitive advantage places BetMGM at the forefront of the most dynamic growth opportunity in all of US gaming and will ultimately deliver meaningful long-term value for our shareholders.”BetMGM’s expansion continues to be supported by GVC development of proprietary technology units and software tailored for US sports trends and engagements.The joint venture’s technology commitment sees GVC and MGM underline the need for ROAR to recruit best-in-class talent leading BetMGM’s engineering, product development and day-to-day operations.Kenneth Alexander, CEO of GVC, said: “We see enormous potential for the US market and are delighted to have such a strong foothold in it through our partnership with MGM Resorts.“Our stake in BetMGM is, by some distance, the most important and exciting investment that GVC has ever made. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the Company has the funding and technical resources needed to achieve long-term market leadership, whilst delivering significant value for shareholders.”last_img read more