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4th July 2018  
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Italy’s Council of Ministers approved the ‘Dignity Decree’ which provided a blanket ban on all gambling ads and sponsorships, and also set a time frame on how long existing sponsorship contracts should last.


Italian sports leagues vowed to fight tooth and nail to overturn the ban.

Five Star Movement party VP Francesco Silvestri claimed that the transitional period for gambling operators and their sports and media partners to end their existing contracts “will last at most until June 30, 2019.” Silvestri said that they have turned down pleas from some parties to extend their partnerships beyond the June 2019 deadline.

With Italy’s gambling operators shelling out around €120m to sponsor sports teams and leagues, these leagues are expected to conduct intense lobbying efforts to preserve their share of the money.


Inbal Lavi: There’s always room for smaller affiliates

In this interview with’s Becky Liggero, the XLMedia CEO shared some tips on how gambling affiliates can succeed in the marketplace.


Can Indian tribes offer sports betting?

In this edition, lawyer Martin Owens toys with the idea of Indian tribes offering sports betting following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal sports betting ban.


BCH network stress test set for September

Members of the Bitcoin Cash community are urged to take part in the stress test of the BCH network in September, where millions of transactions, betting operations, and game play will be processed to see how the network responds.

Macau falls with the yuan, but maybe not for long’s Rafi Farber looks at Macau casino stocks after the Shanghai Composite Index approached bear territory.

China’s sports lottery World Cup sales could top $7.5b

Sports lottery sales in China reached record levels at RMB19.1b (US$3.9b) during the first two weeks of the 2018 World Cup, shattering the total revenue gained during the previous edition of the World Cup.


Authorities raid 100 facilities in Slovakia’s biggest illegal gambling bust

Tax officers reportedly confiscated five ‘quiz machines’ and sealed 75 other gambling units in what was considered the biggest sting conducted since Slovakia’s new gambling law took effect.


Greek regulator faces pressure to launch $9b Hellinikon casino tender

The Hellenic Gaming Commission was given only until August to launch a casino tender that will initiate the privatization of Athens’ former Hellinikon airport and transform it to an integrated resort.


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Gamanza signs ScandiBet for gamification programme

B2B iGaming specialist Gamanza has launched a gamification tool which will allow ScandiBet customers to gain reward points for placing casino and sportsbook bets.

Congratulations to Jeff Karp for being appointed as the head of Big Fish Gaming! He has over 15 years’ experience as a senior executive with several companies, including Zynga, Electronic Arts and GSN Games. 
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