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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) admitted concerns that the Racing Industry Bill does not offer enough flexibility for the roll-out of new betting products, but revealed that a bill regulating online betting may be in the works.

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    The PA Media Group has announced the launch of PA Betting Services, the new umbrella brand for all of its sports betting operations.

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    Daily fantasy and sports betting operator DraftKings has opened a new office in Las Vegas, Nevada, to support its ongoing growth plans in the US market.

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    The Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the racecourse arm of commercial racing's UK governing body The Jockey Club, has announced that Paul Fisher will leave his role as its chief executive next month.

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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that Nick Rust is to step down as its chief executive at the end of 2020, after almost six years in the role.

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    Norwegian horse racing monopoly Norsk Rikstoto could potentially merge with Norsk Tipping to jointly run the country’s horse racing betting monopoly, according to a new report commissioned by the country's government.

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    DraftKings has struck a deal that will see it acquired by a special purpose acquisition company alongside betting and gaming technology provider SBTech, with the combined entity to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

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    The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), the integrity monitoring body previously known as ESSA, has entered into a betting integrity cooperation agreement with the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

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    Betsson has confirmed that it has acquired a 75% stake in the Brazilian sportsbook operator Suaposta, ahead of the country’s government passing sports betting regulations.

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    Sports data provider Stats Perform has handed senior positions to brothers Steve and Peter Hirdt, two of the leading names in US sports broadcast research and content.

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    The Score Media and Gaming arm of Canadian media business theScore has announced the appointment of Josh Sidsworth as its new general counsel and chief compliance officer.

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    The Stars Group (TSG) is set to take full control of BetEasy after agreeing a deal to acquire the remaining 20% interest in the Australian sports betting operator for AU$151m (£79.5m/€93.3m/US$103.3m). Current BetEasy chief executive Matthew Tripp will shift to the role of non-executive president of the business from January 2020, with director of strategy and regulatory affairs promoted to serve as his replacement.

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    Stockholm-listed igaming operator LeoVegas Group has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), the sports betting integrity monitoring body previously known as ESSA.

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    UK Tote Group, the consortium of racecourse owners formerly known as Alizeti, has completed its acquisition of UK pool betting operator the Tote. UK Tote Group is now the sole owner of the Tote.

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    The Tennis Integrity Supervisory Board has appointed Jonathan Gray as the first chief executive of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the professional sport’s anti-corruption body. Gray will take up his new role in February 2020.

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    Online gambling operator MustardBet has ceased operations with immediate effect, but pledged to refund customer balances and settle all unsettled bets as soon as possible.

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    Betting technology supplier Newgioco has appointed industry veteran Kevin Slicker to lead its US sports betting operations and business development plan.

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    Austrian online gambling operator Interwetten has signed a deal with the Greek Super League to become the league’s official sports betting partner for the 2019-20 season.

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    The Tennis Integrity Supervisory Board has approved plans to merge the anti-corruption and anti-doping divisions within a single organisation as part of an effort to enhance the integrity of the professional sport.

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    New Zealand’s Minister for Racing, Winston Peters, has outlined his expectations for the country’s new Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA), saying that he anticipates the body leading the national horse racing industry to sustainable growth.

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