The suspension of almost all live racing and closure of retail betting shops worldwide as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has forced Sports Information Services (SIS) to shut down all non-essential services and furlough a significant number of staff.
New Zealand Racing and the TAB have taken the decision to close all retail sites and temporarily suspend racing after the national government announced that it would move the country to Alert Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system later today (25 March).
The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has announced that scheduled racing events will continue to take place, albeit without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees, as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
H2 Gambling Capital expects the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) to lead to a decline of up to 8% in global gambling gross win in 2020, only the second time annual revenue will have fallen in 20 years.
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.
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.
Sandy Dudgeon, newly appointed senior steward of UK commercial horse racing organisation The Jockey Club, has issued a call for greater collaboration among stakeholders and interested parties to help the sport overcome challenges and make the most of growth opportunities.
The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.