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Lotto Bayern extends Nürnberg partnership; S-H considering law challenges; SIS appoints new tech man

TAGs: Germany, lotto bayern, nurnberg, Satellite Information Services, Schleswig-Holstein, SIS

lotto bayern schlesiwg holsteinLotto Bayern has extended its partnership with Bundesliga club 1. FC Nürnberg after a successful first year in partnership. The two-year contract means that Lotto Bayern remains a second-level sponsor of the club and as such will enjoy advertising privileges on the boards surrounding the club’s easyCredit-Stadion until 2013-14. Sponsors.de got their thinking caps on and plucked out a figure of €500,000 for the net worth of the deal and the state lottery follows Coca-Cola, Audi, Thomas Sabo and others in becoming a secondary partner.

Schleswig-Holstein’s (S-H) government is to consider two motions submitted by the Christian Democratic Union relating to the state’s online gambling industry licensing system. Gaming Intelligence reports that accusations over potential conflicts of interest in the way the procedure is being handled under the State Treaty on Gaming (SToG) are threatening the derail the law. The motions have been submitted after the same publication revealed the issuing of licences, which is the responsibility of the Hessen Ministry of the Interior, has been given to a Cologne-based law firm. The problem with that is the same firm has a history of defending the country’s state monopolies against attacks from private operators and as such could show a preference towards the very same firms they protected in the past. S-H is the lone state not to have signed up to the law and it remains in limbo thanks to the new administration’s decision to repeal the law passed back in May.

Satellite Information Services (SIS) has added a chief technology officer to their team. Mike Whittaker joins up to assist COO Gary Smith with the job of setting and delivering the firm’s future technology strategy. Whittaker spent a number of years at Ericsson Broadcast Services before taking the new role and after the appointment SIS CEO David Holdgate said: “Every area of the SIS business is facing technological changes and Mike and Gary will work on addressing those changes. We’re delighted to welcome such an experienced executive as Mike to SIS.”

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