31 Aug
2020

US Small Business Administration to help businesses

first_imgThe U.S. Small Business Administration has included Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties to the disaster declaration in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017.The counties are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. “The recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma will take some time, however, the SBA’s implementation of disaster assistance in the impacted areas will help usher along the process,” said South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero.Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2020

Corruption Crisis Aftermath: FIFA Facing Bleak Financial Future With Lack Of World Cup Sponsors

first_imgWorld football’s governing body, FIFA, could face a huge financial shortfall due to the ongoing lack of sponsors ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.The current financial malaise is a product of the corruption crisis that has dogged the football body in recent times.FIFA’s reputation has taken a massive dent and sponsors are finding it hard to associate themselves with the body despite the fact that football remains an attractive proposition more than ever.The football body normally enjoys huge revenue streams at the World Cup however the latest edition slated for next year could be different due to the lack of sponsors.The lack of sponsors has delayed the announcement of the sponsorship program for Russia 2018 despite the fact that the 32-cast of countries for the tournament is complete.After television rights, sponsorship program is the most important revenue stream for FIFA but the football body is clearly struggling to fill it up to further highlight the damage its present reputation status has caused.For the last World Cup edition in Brazil, FIFA declared its sponsorship program six months before the final draw for the tournament since the available slots for regional tournament sponsors had been filled.For Russia 2018, the football body has filled up its ranks of top-tier partners with firms in Russia, Qatar and China however only one of the 20 slots available to regional tournament sponsors has been claimed.According to Patrick Nally, a sports sponsorship executive who helped set up FIFA’s first international marketing program four decades ago, the present financial status of FIFA tells the story about how toxic the brand is.In his words, Nally said: “It’s not surprising it’s been and still is a toxic brand.”“Unless you are from China or somewhere like that, where the fact FIFA is in court in New York and associated with corruption doesn’t matter, no corporation is going to consider it safe to get involved with FIFA.” he added.Relatedlast_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Guy Templer appointed Chief Operating Officer of Rational Group

first_img StumbleUpon BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Guy Templer, PokerStarsGuy Templer has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Rational Group, the operator of the world’s largest poker business, PokerStars.Templer, who is currently Chief Strategy Officer, will assume the role on January 1 and continue to report to Rafi Ashkenazi, CEO of Amaya and Rational Group.He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of significant parts of the organisation including customer support, security and payments, whilst retaining responsibility for the launch of core products into new markets.Ashkenazi said: “Guy has been a key architect of our strategy and our Operational Excellence efforts that are driving our business toward sustainable, diversified growth. His deep knowledge of the company, our customers and our products combined with his industry expertise makes him a vital member of our executive management team.”Templer commented: “Rafi and I have a great established working relationship. My renewed focus on the operations side of the business, both core products and new markets, will free Rafi to continue to deliver the strategic gains that we’ve planned for our growing portfolio of brands for 2017 and beyond.”Templer, who joined PokerStars in 2011 as Group Director of Business Development and Strategy, has directed key initiatives including PokerStars’ re-entry into the US market, launches for casino, sportsbook and social gaming products, and the local licensing of the company’s brands across Europe.Prior to joining Rational Group, Templer held positions at NetPlay TV Plc as Chief Operating Officer, and Two Way TV as Group Commercial Director and Managing Director. ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Jacob Johns – Easyodds – Preparing for The Cheltenham Festival

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Jacob Johns, EasyoddsWith less than two weeks to go until the biggest horse racing meet of the year, we caught up with Jacob Johns, one of the leading horse racing tipsters at odds comparison site Easyodds, to find out more about his company’s preparation for The Festival and how he expects the bookmakers to respond after the ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’ in 2016.SBC: How have you prepared for the Cheltenham Festival?JJ: Cheltenham Festival is usually one of, if not the, busiest week for Easyodds in terms of users on site, so we give ourselves every chance to make a success of it as a business.We prepare an SEO and content plan months in advance with search terms decided upon our ante-post tips and Cheltenham Festival news pieces, and we strike deals with bookmakers to be a part of our Cheltenham Festival centre and exclusive app.We first created a stand-alone Cheltenham app last year – which received positive data results for the business and got a good review in the Racing Post on Sunday, which we were very proud of.This year we have been ahead of schedule with the release of the app; we are already seeing more users than we had last year and have even more content already, with more coming daily between now and the start of the Festival via myself and guest tipster Steven Power – the Racing Blogger.SBC: How are you hoping to stand out from the other odds comparison providers?JJ: As above, we have a bespoke and exclusive Cheltenham app, providing the usual Easyodds service of odds comparison, tips, free bets and offers, but for the Festival.It’s a one-stop-shop for your Cheltenham Festival needs. It’s an improved user experience which is making comparing the latest odds easier and faster than ever before for Festival punters.We also have a much larger social audience than ever, including our ever-growing presence on YouTube with myself and our editor Ross Casey making multiple Cheltenham videos in the weeks leading up to the Festival which are seeing great numbers already. These are available in-app and will continue to be produced in the lead-up to and throughout the Festival.Our successful two-part Cheltenham preview video with the enigmatic ‘Racing Blogger’ certainly saw our comments section blowing up. We are the punter’s pal and we aim to give our users value for money via our odds comparison, whilst also entertaining and informing them with our social media.SBC: Are there any betting trends or strategies that you expect to see this year?JJ: The favourites have dominated proceedings for the past couple of years, so I expect them to be hammered more than ever this year. Of course, with multiples becoming more and more popular we should expect to see short priced favourites being lined up in Lucky 15’s throughout the Festival as well.Also, everyone wants to get their Festival off to a flyer so they will be latching onto something on day one to make their week. Usually the ‘Willie Mullins multiple’ is the obvious place to start but it seems unlikely this year. If Charli Parcs goes for the Supreme, I think we could get a lot of punters latching onto the Charli Parcs – Altior – Buveur D’air Nicky Henderson treble instead.SBC: Do you expect to see more conservative pricing after last year’s ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’?JJ: In all honesty, I don’t. This is the biggest horse racing meeting by a long distance and the bookies are just going to be interested in getting new punters depositing.We’ve already seen some crazy new customer offers from the newer bookies to get their foot in the door, such as Bet On Brazil, and I fully expect many of the short-priced favourites to be bigger on the day, with the players piling in. So, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be the opposite!last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

FSB boosts platform content & data dynamics with Racing Post partnership

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Updating the market, industry bespoke betting platform provider FSB Technology (FSB) has announced that it will make Racing Post content and data available to its customer base.Moving forward Racing Post content will be published across FSB platforms, giving client users the most in-depth and informative data for UK and Irish horseracing as well as greyhounds.FSB development detailed that its Racing Post content/data partnership would post its client racing offerings across its portfolio.FSB platform operators will now be able to offer bespoke sites to their customers and have full control of the layout via their unique content management system.FSB Technology’s Business Development Director, Richard Thorp, commented on the racing enhancement: “We are thrilled to confirm this partnership, by integrating content from Racing Post, the recognised authority on racing and betting. We are enhancing our product offering to our existing and future clients, helping them to drive revenue.”Backing the partnership, Eugene Delaney, Racing Post Head of B2B, said: “We’re delighted to team up with FSB Technology, who have set the pace in terms of innovation and customer service when it comes to supplying simplified end-to-end betting platforms. We’re very much looking forward to working with them and their partners.” Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Pinnacle races into the world of sporting sponsorship

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Pinnacle has taken its first steps into sports sponsorship with a deal to support Algarve Pro Racing Team in the 2018 European Le Mans Endurance Series. As part of the partnership, Pinnacle’s logo will be placed on the flanks of the 600 Horsepower, 900kg Ligier JS P217, the new spec car first introduced in 2017.  Commenting on the partnership Paris Smith, Pinnacle’s CEO said: “My intent is for Pinnacle to represent high performance in everything we do – from our people to the odds we deliver, so the synergy with Algarve Pro Racing Team is ideal. We are very happy to support them and wish the team every success on the track.”The European Le Mans Endurance Series commences with an official two day test at The Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet, near Marseille, followed by the official race weekend at same circuit.  The series continues with races at the following locations:-  May – Monza, Italy  July – Redbull Ring, Austria  August – Silverstone, UK  September – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium  October – Portimao, Portugal Stewart Cox, Team Principal of the Algarve Pro Racing Team added: “Algarve Pro Racing is delighted to have Pinnacle on board as one of its main financial partners for 2018. We hope for a long and fruitful relationship for the next coming years and are sure we can drive to the same success on the track that Pinnacle delivers in the sports betting world.”The news of Pinnacle’s venture into sports sponsorship follows on from the operator’s relaunch of its dedicated ‘eSports Hub’ which it hopes will help it become the leading destination in eSports betting.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Sporting Solutions wins Svenska Spel pricing partnership

first_imgShare Share Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit Sporting Solutions has beaten off competition from a number of sportsbook suppliers, to provide Svenska Spel with its outsourced pricing services (OPS).The firm, which forms part of the Sporting Group, will see the partnership run for an initial year long period, with Svenska Spel holding the rights to exercise the option of a further year.Fredrik Wastenson, Vice President of Products and Services at Svenska Spel, said: “We committed to a competitive procurement process in 2017 to attract a sportsbook supplier able to provide us with expansive content, accurate pricing and strong heritage in the industry, and we’re confident Sporting Solutions can deliver on all three.“Having seen their trading solutions first hand, it’s clear they’re built on decades of experience delivering profitable models across numerous sports. We look forward to leveraging this, in partnership with our own trading team, to deliver the sportsbook our customers deserve.”Sporting Solutions details that its OPS “combines best-of-breed algorithms, official data and longstanding trading heritage to deliver margin enhancing pricing across 25+ sports.”The deal is to see pre match and in play pricing supplied across a number of core sports for the Swedish market, including ice hockey, soccer, tennis and American football.The Sporting Solutions “self trade technology” is also set to be included as part of the deal, which allows traders to leverage their local expertise to differentiate effectively against generic white-label and private operator offerings.Simon Trim, CEO of Sporting Group, added: “Svenska Spel are one of the most established names in lottery sports betting with a very strong customer base, and we are very proud to announce them as our latest lottery partner. “With the help of our pricing and trading services they will be better able to compete with private operators in their liberalising domestic market.  Their ability to use our software to pool further resources into local sports will increase differentiation, drive acquisition and help maintain their position as a market leader.“We look forward to forging a successful partnership with Svenska Spel and to expanding our services in the Nordic region.” StumbleUponlast_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Perform picks Amsterdam as DAZN’s innovation home

first_img Premier League eyes 17 June resumption May 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Stats Perform backs IBIA call for new era of data collaboration May 22, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share Florian Diederichsen – DAZNGlobal sports data, content and media rights distributor Perform Group has disclosed that it will launch a special purpose ‘Amsterdam Development Centre’ for its DAZN sports streaming service.Launched in 2016, DAZN seeks to disrupt and revolutionise modern sports viewership and content engagement, delivering a tailored OTT streaming service to multiple international broadcast markets.Updating the media, Perform Group details that its planned Amsterdam Development Centre will play an integral role in DAZN’s product development; helping the company secure vital capacities in research & development, technology integrations, quality assurance and innovation.Supporting DAZN’s global growth ambitions, Perform Group details that it will seek to hire 300 software engineers and product development specialists for its Amsterdam innovation centre.The Amsterdam project is led by Florian Diederichsen, DAZN Chief Technology Officer, alongside DAZN product lead Ben Lavender (CPO).Speaking to media Diederichsen backed Amsterdam as DAZN’s hub for development and innovation, a city which has lured the technology talents of Uber, Netflix and Amazon.“We are already live in seven countries across three continents and have software developers creating a market leading product in the UK, Poland and now the Netherlands. The new development centre is an important milestone in DAZN’s journey to become the world’s biggest sports broadcaster, with the best sports streaming product in the market.”last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

BtoBet prioritises player prop portfolio for Euro 2020

first_imgShare BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Share BtoBet is pushing on with its plans for Euro 2020 – a perfect “hunting ground” for player acquisition and revival – by providing bookmakers with a boosted sports betting package including more options for betting on star players and their statistics.This package, said the industry supplier, has been designed to reflect today’s punters want for more data and analytical information to increase their engagement through in-play.Davide Ruggeri, the firm’s Head of Sports, said that there is an ever-growing pool of players more interested in betting on the star players and their statistical performances rather than on the teams. He explained: “For most of them it’s a far more engaging and enjoyable betting experience and in-play player props aim to take this experience to a whole new level.”Player prop markets, including those supplied through the BtoBet platform, allow sportsbook customers to bet on individual players markets in real-time. This is part of a diverse offering with a focus on in-play events with a “higher incidence of occurence” than goals.Ruggeri added: “Keeping in mind that the upcoming Euro is also a perfect hunting ground when it comes to player acquisition and revival, operators should offer a diverse offering to create compelling new player-focused experiences that occur throughout the entire 90 minutes which eventually puts their brand on a higher level to the competition.”To download ‘The Euro 2020 Challenge: Retaining your market share’, click HERE.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Digitain tackles shortfall in live sports with Penalty launch

first_img Sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has strengthened its gaming suite after confirming the launch of its in-house betting product, Penalty.Players will compete to correctly predict the randomly generated outcome of the penalty shoot-out, which Digitain hopes to make as realistic as possible through a ‘match-day soundtrack and immersive visual effects’.Martin Clarke, Director of Product Management at Digitain, said: “Football enthusiasts around the globe are sorely missing the beautiful game, and this thrilling new title helps to fill the gap in sporting action for entertainment-hungry fans.“Following in the footsteps of RocketOn and Crash, Penalty marks the latest addition to our acclaimed in-house catalogue, as Digitain continues to help operators respond to fixture schedule disruption with action-packed alternatives.”The latest game comes as Digitain looks to develop alternate revenue streams to mitigate the shortfall in live sporting events.In March, Digitain revealed plans to ‘navigate the storm‘ caused by the coronavirus pandemic by boosting its catalogue of alternative markets to the front of its ranks.Boasting an ‘action-packed line up’ of content, Digitain has boosted its offering with in-house skill games, alternative sporting markets, a variety of esports events as well as its table football betting roster. Digitain and LSports double up for simulated tennis roll out June 30, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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