The SBC Weekly Digest for 31/07/20

Your weekly roundup of the most popular articles from SBC News, SBC Americas, CasinoBeats, SlotBeats, Insider Sport & Payment Expert.

Good week for…
MA SPORTS BETTING
Massachusetts state legislature revealed it was processing proposals to legalise sports betting as part of an economic development bill said to be worth $372m.

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RUSH STREET INTERACTIVE
Rush Street Interactive will be publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange following a definitive agreement to combine with dMY Technology Group.

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Bad week for…
FOOTBALL CLUBS
According to the Brand Finance Football Annual report, the top 50 European football clubs have lost a total of €751m in brand value as a result of COVID-19.

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ITALIAN BETTING SHOPS
The Italian government has signalled no let-up for bookmakers, after indicating that betting shops which have failed to pay their tax duties will be closed within the coming months.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“@2x
“Personally, I think that an element of tension around the topic means you’re definitely in the right territory. If there isn’t any edge, then you’re unlikely to be doing anything interesting.”

Paddy Power’s Lee Price discusses daring marketing campaigns, and how to know when to draw the line.

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NUMBERS GAME
$615m
Marketing intelligence service WARC has predicted that in 2020, a total of $615m will be invested into the competitive gaming industry through sponsorship of competitors or tournaments alone.

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£32,000
Betfred has donated £32,000 to the Stroke Association following its World Matchplay 2020 pledge to donate £50 per 180 hit, as well as a £10,000 bonus if last year’s total of 330 was matched or beaten.

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91%
MGM resorts revealed that its Q2 revenues plummeted 91% year-on-year from $3.22bn to $289.8m following the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

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20%
Lottery sales in Maryland have increased by more than 20% in recent weeks when compared to the same period last year despite the ongoing pandemic.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
SBC News 90
SBC News 90 looks at recent EU research which analysed ‘loot boxes in online games’ and ‘their effect on young consumers’.
Recommended Reading
In a roundtable discussion, SBC Americas looks at the return of the NBA, focusing on how the industry will need to adjust to new realities and balance out the uncertainties that operators will have to face.

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SBC looks at the final 100 days of campaigning for the US 2020 election, with bookies offering their insight on whether America has finally turned the lights off on ‘President 45’.

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Bence Jendruszak, Co-Founder and COO at SEON, writes for Payment Expert about the reasons why faster solutions are needed to combat fraud following the pandemic.

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Gadi Shoshani, VP of casino Europe of WhichBingo, discusses the changes in online bingo activity and what the future could hold for the vertical.

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