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University of Glasgow betting.

Research from the University of Glasgow has shown that 50% of Premier League clubs had betting sponsors in 2016/2017. (Image: gla.ac.uk)

Online betting sites have become a major presence in professional football across England according to the new research.

Charting the rise of betting sponsors in football, researchers at the University of Glasgow and Healthy Stadia found that online operators now control 95% of the market.

Sampling 79 sponsorship deals made since 2005, the academics noted that 75 were between betting companies and football clubs.

Relaxed Rules Cause Influx of Betting Sponsors

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Ipswich Town Ian Milne.

Ipswich Town’s managing director Ian Milne has defended the club’s decision to partner with betting firm Magical Vegas. (Image: ITFC)

Ipswich Town’s board came under fire from fans recently after it announced a new three-and-a-half-year sponsorship deal with Magical Vegas.

Following a decade with the same shirt sponsor, the Suffolk-based football club decided it was time for a change.

Now, where the eponymous company name of club owner Marcus Evans once was will be the logo of Daub Alderney Ltd.’s online casino site, Magical Vegas.

Deal Brings New Look and More Money to the Club

Part of the Stride Gaming … Read more

NJ Chris Christie.

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie wants to make sports betting legal across the US and, potentially, open up new opportunities for British bookies. (Image: app.com/AP)

America’s sports betting market could soon be open for business across the country after analysts suggest the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) could soon be overturned.

Unlike the UK and Europe, sports betting in the US has long been a source of contention with only four states having the right to offer it legally since 1992.

However, following a battle between New Jersey’s Governor and those in support of PASPA, things could … Read more

Conor McGregor Uk Gambling.

Conor McGregor helped UK bookmaker Betfair reach new highs ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather. (Image: Vimeo/Oral Ofori)

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) had its hands full in 2017, while two of the country’s top online operators made a splash via betting odds.

As part of its mission to make Britain’s online gaming market the best in the world, the UKGC cast its regulatory net far and wide this year.

In addition to handing out fines to operators for failing to offer adequate consumer protections, the agency was pushed to consider the issue of loot boxes in computer games.… Read more

From legal changes and a football fallout to a high stakes robbery involving a toy gun, the UK gambling industry faced many challenges in  2017.

Tracey Crouch racing levy

The racing industry received a boost in 2017, thanks to a new levy imposed by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. (Image: skysports.com)

The year started well for the horseracing industry, but not so much for online operators, thanks to a government-backed funding scheme. Initially announced in January, the new 10 percent racing levy was finally given the green light by the European Commission in April.

New Levy Divides Opinion

Despite a long battle between operators and … Read more

Irish Open 2018.

The second oldest poker series in the world, the Irish Open, is set to return for another round of action in 2018. (Image: Twitter/@Irish_PokerOpen)

The Irish Open 2018 is set and that means someone of world’s top players will be heading to Dublin for Europe’s oldest poker festival.

Since the first ever Irish Open was played in 1981, the tournament has grown to become an international spectacle and, in 2018, the €1 million/£880,000 guaranteed main event will return.

Taking up residence inside Dublin’s Citywest Hotel, the latest incarnation of the Irish Open will feature a full roster of side events, … Read more

Loot boxes have been classed as a form of gambling by the Belgium government according to local news source VTM.

Koen Geens loot boxes.

Belgian minister Koen Geens rules that loot boxes in video games are a form of gambling and should be banned. (Image: Annika Haas/commons.wikimedia.org)

After launching an investigation in mid-November, the Belgian Gaming Commission has concluded that mystery boxes in games such as Star Wars: Battlefront II aren’t simply an in-game extra.

The ruling could prove significant for UK gamers as the Belgian authority’s review was triggered, in part, by Conor Rhys Deeley.

UK Petition Helps Spark Belgian Investigation

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the talk of the gaming world, but the new release has also aroused the interest of gaming commissions across Europe.

Loot boxes Star Wars Battlefront 2.

Gaming commissions in Belgium and the Netherlands are questioning whether loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2 are a form of gambling. (Image: usgamer.net)

The issue of loot boxes in popular video games such as Overwatch came to the fore in October after concerned gamer Conor Rhys Deeley submitted a petition to the UK government.

At the heart of Deeley’s petition was the concern that loot boxes are essentially a form of gambling.

UK Petition

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Betfair’s mission to turn Rio Ferdinand into a professional boxer has drawn some attention from a 16-stone footballer known as the Beast.

Rio Ferdinand boxing

Footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa says he’ll KO Rio Ferdinand (pictured) if they ever step into a boxing ring together. (Image: YouTube/Betfair)

Although Ferdinand and Adebayo Akinfenwa rarely crossed paths on the pitch when the former was an active player, they could end up meeting in the ring as part of Betfair’s defender to contender challenge.

When the online betting operator first announced its deal Ferdinand back in September, it did so with the intention of helping the ex-footballer take … Read more

The August 26 showdown between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather helped Paddy Power Betfair negate a poor summer of sports betting activity.

Paddy Power always bet on black.

Paddy Power’s ‘Always Bet on Black’ promo featuring Floyd Mayweather generates enough interest to counteract a slow summer of sport. (Image: news.paddypower.com)

Reporting on 2017’s third quarter earnings, the parent company of Paddy Power noted a 9 percent increase in revenue to £440 million. This upswing resulted in a 7 percent jump in profit to £121 million in the three months to September 30.

A Slow Summer of Sport

However, while earnings for the group as a whole … Read more

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