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    The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) Supervisory Board has announced plans to ramp up integrity safeguards for the World Tennis Tour (WTT), including a ban on the collection of live scoring data for minor events offering prize money up to $15,000.

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    Rob Howley, former assistant coach to the Welsh rugby union team, has been suspended from the sport for 18 months, with nine suspended, after admitting to breaching anti-corruption and betting regulations.

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    Bet365 has reported a 9.7% year-on-year rise in betting and gaming revenue, while increased marketing costs and new efforts to enhance responsible gaming controls failed to slow profit growth for the financial year ended 31 March, 2019.

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    The Brazilian government looks set to levy a 3% turnover tax on licensed betting operators, as opposed to the reduced 1% rate put forward in a draft Presidential Decree published earlier this year.

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    Hard Rock International has launched a mobile sportsbook in Iowa, powered by Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), complementing the bricks-and-mortar offering rolled out in September.

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    Sports data and content provider Sportradar has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with APAJO, the Portuguese Association of Online Betting and Gaming.

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    Flutter Entertainment-owned FanDuel Group has announced details a new strategic partnership to deliver both its fantasy and sports betting operations to Cordish Companies locations throughout the US.

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    France’s Senate has passed a budget bill for 2020, including an amendment to calculate gambling tax based on gross gaming revenue (GGR) rather than turnover. The budget amendments still require approval from the National Assembly before they can come into law.

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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has launched a nationwide campaign intended to increase awareness of the regulations on gambling in the country.

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    William Hill is to launch its Mr Green brand in the Latvian igaming market, with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) to provide the software platform for the roll-out.

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    Colombian gambling monopoly Coljuegos’ collections from online gambling licensees grew 106.3% for the year ending 31 October to COP65.97bn, as it took in a total of took in COP617.21bn from all licensees, a 15.5% increase.

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    Iowa’s regulated sports betting market has recorded a 36.4% month-on-month decline in revenue for November, after a rise in handle was accompanied by an increase in payouts to customers.

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    Online sports betting operator PointsBet has appointed Eric Foote, previously of CBS Sports Digital, as the new chief commercial officer of its US business.

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    Sports betting revenue in New Jersey fell 29.1% month-on-month to $32.9m in November, despite the state processing a record amount of wagers during the month.

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    A year of negotiations look set to conclude with bills to legalise online gaming and sports betting passing into law in Michigan, after the Senate passed Representative Brandt Iden’s proposals by significant margins. 

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    STS Gaming Group has become the first Polish bookmaking business to secure a licence in the regulated UK gambling market.

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    The Minister for the Interior in the German state of Hesse has claimed no operator has filed an application for a federal sports betting licence, warning that companies will face immediate action if they continue to operate without certification.

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    Delaware’s sports betting revenue declined for the second consecutive month in November, with the state’s three licensed sportsbooks bringing in $1.4m.

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    Online gaming revenue generated by operators across the European Union (EU) in 2018 amounted to €22.2bn (£18.7bn/$24.6bn), with the market expected to grow to almost €30bn by 2022.

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    Kindred Group has agreed a deal to become the first community partner of the European Football Development Network (EFDN), a group of clubs, leagues and associations committed to using the sport as a tool for social development.

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