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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has warned that the racing industry in Great Britain faces a “severe threat” after the return of spectators to events was delayed due to an increase in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has reported a 22.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after a strong start to the period was halted by the impact of novel coronavirus on B2B and B2C operations.

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    The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) has announced it will reopen its J-Place Kasamatsu, Ena and Tosu off-track betting (OTB) facilities from 19 September.

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    Problem gambling charity GambleAware has announced the launch of the next phase of its Bet Regret national safer gambling campaign.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group says it is showing signs of recovery following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shut-down, which resulted in revenue and profit falling in the first half of 2020.

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    Esports betting operator Esports Entertainment Group has completed its acquisition technology assets from mobile gaming studio Flip Sports for an undisclosed amount.

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    The British Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has invited bookmakers to consider whether to maintain or revise their monthly levy payments, after forecasting better-than-expected income since the resumption of racing.

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    Novomatic has struck a deal for Ainsworth Game Technology, in which the Austrian gaming giant holds a 52% stake, to distribute its products in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    GVC Holdings has announced the launch of a multi-million pound investment programme to support and promote grassroots sports across the UK.

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    Basketball icon Michael Jordan is to take an equity interest in DraftKings, in exchange for becoming a special advisor to the operator’s board of directors.

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    New Zealand Minister for Racing Winston Peters has set out his expectations for TAB NZ, saying that the new organisation should focus on helping the domestic industry recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The UK Tote Group has announced the appointment of John Williamson as its non-executive chairman, with effect from 1 September.

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    PointsBet has agreed a deal to become the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports, while the operator has also set out plans to raise an additional Aus$300m (£165.1m/€184.4m/US$219.3m) in capital.

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    Flutter Entertainment’s integration of The Stars Group business will see it migrate all sports betting brands to the solution powering its Paddy Power Betfair division, while it aims to significantly ramp up investment in PokerStars going forward.

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    TAB NZ, the organisation that recently replaced the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) in New Zealand, has unveiled its new executive leadership team.

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    GambleAware, Great Britain's charitable funding body for gambling related research, education and treatment, has announced that Mark Etches is to step down from his role as its chief executive at the end of March 2021.

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    New GVC Holdings chief executive Shay Segev has set out four key priorities that he believes can drive “significant growth” for the business, add value for stakeholders and entrench responsibility in everything it does.

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    The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has joined forces with Unison on a new initiative to provide members of the UK trade union with expert training on gambling and related harms.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after online growth failed to offset declines in UK and European retail resulting from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has appointed Julie Harrington, the former head of British Cycling, as its new chief executive.

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