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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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    South African gaming and entertainment business Tsogo Sun has struck a deal move into the country’s sports betting market through the acquisition of a 50.1% stake in local land-based and online operator Betcoza.

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    William Hill has reported a 31.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of its financial year, though a £230.7m value added tax (VAT) refund allowed the operator to post a £115.6m net profit for the period.

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    UK racecourse operator the Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced that the Belle Vue Stadium greyhound racing venue will permanently close, saying there is “no longer a business case” to keep the site operating.

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    Online football stock market Football Index has entered into a partnership with responsible gambling platform beBettor to use affordabilty checks to improve its player protection safeguards.

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    The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) will this weekend complete its transition to TAB New Zealand, in line with the country’s new 2020 Racing Industry Act.

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    Online gambling platform developer i3 Interactive has appointed Andrew Lee and Ian Marmion to its management team to support the launch of its new Blitzbet sportsbook brand.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech says efforst to reduce operational costs in the first half of its fiscal year helped to partially offset a “severe” decline in revenue, caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Online wagering solutions provider BetMakers Technology Group has raised AUS$35m (£19.2m/€21.5m/US$24.1m) through a new share placement, with the new funds to be used to execute its US expansion plans.

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    Bertrand Méheut has resigned as president of the board at French sports and horse race betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU).

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    The New Zealand Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has launched a consultation on its revised racing calendar for the 2020-21 racing season, reflecting the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL), the sport’s governing body in Germany, has announced that the top-tier Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga second division will resume play on 16 May.

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    The New Zealand Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) is to launch a consultation over a number of proposed changes to the TAB, including a signficant reduction in personnel, as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Sports data and affiliate business the QL Gaming Group has acquired Finnish sports forecasting company Accuscore and raised $1.1m in a new round of funding.

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    The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has released provisional plans to resume greyhound racing behind closed doors when the current government restrictions for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) are relaxed.

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    The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has released a provisional racing schedule ahead of the sport's planned resumption, with the first action since the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced shut-down to take place over the weekend of 23-24 May.

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    The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has defended its decision to delay any resumption of racing in the UK, after its chief executive Nick Rust was reportedly urged to resign over the organisation’s handling of the crisis.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has announced initial approval for businesses and stakeholders in the country’s thoroughbred and harness racing sectors to return to work on 28 April.

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    Shareholders of Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. have approved the acquisitions of DraftKings and SBTech and the public listing of the new entity.

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    European football’s governing body Uefa has called on all of its associations to complete their 2019-20 seasons despite the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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