Betting on Sports Europe to address industry’s looming crisis

first_img Related Articles Share Submit SBC announces digital future for Europe, America, CIS & Africa July 30, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Christopher Metcalf, Leon House: Social barriers must be broken on gambling treatment June 25, 2020 What can the sports betting industry do to avert an industry-wide crisis across Europe will be a key theme at this year’s Betting on Sports Europe conference, being held at Stamford Bridge on 2-4 June. The conference will take place against a backdrop of the sports betting industry coming under fire from both politicians and the media, with the criticism causing severe reputational damage and helping to bring about a climate in which more stringent regulation grows ever more likely.While coping with this onslaught it also has to tackle sporting integrity breaches, urgent player protection issues, such as improving help for problem gamblers and stricter management of VIP programmes, and serious operational problems, including how to succeed within new advertising restrictions and finding banks prepared to work with gambling businesses.There is also a real need for operators to share best practice, develop solutions that help both the industry and its customers, and to speak with a unified voice when responding to plans to amend legislation.Betting on Sports Europe is the ideal forum for the regulated industry to come together as a community and work towards creating a sustainable, customer-focused model for a sector that employs huge numbers of people and generates hundreds of millions in tax revenues across the continent.  With tracks dedicated to lotteries, esports, sports integrity, industry leadership, horse racing, football, payments & compliance and responsible marketing, the conference addresses many of the crucial challenges the betting industry faces, as well as a CEO panel examining how operators can work together to drive improvements. Andrew McCarron, Managing Director of event organiser SBC, said: “The European sports betting industry is faced with a perfect storm of intense government scrutiny, sustained media criticism and rising levels of competition, while some self-inflicted wounds have exacerbated the situation.“And over the past few years the industry has not been very effective at standing up for itself and responding to the barrage of negative publicity, or at sharing the best practice that many operators have developed individually in response to past errors.“Betting on Sports Europe will help to change that, providing a forum for operators to discuss the major threats to the future of sports betting, to share their solutions, and to strengthen relationships across the industry in preparation for the likely regulatory challenges ahead.”Taking place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium on 2-4 June 2020, Betting on Sports Europe features ten full-day content tracks with insights from more than 200 expert speakers from across the European sports betting industry.Delegates can also look forward to an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations from 30 leading suppliers and some of SBC’s renowned evening networking events, all of which are included with your pass.last_img read more

Tiger Woods: Fourteen-time major champion has fourth back operation

first_imgTiger Woods says he “hasn’t felt this good in years” after having a fourth operation on his back, but added he will not “hurry” to return to golf.America’s 14-time major champion, 41, came back after 15 months out injured in December, but has not played since his back problems recurred in February.Plans to compete at Augusta in April – on the 20th anniversary of his first Masters win – had to be abandoned.”I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead,” he said.”I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”Woods’ first return to competitive action came in December at the Hero World Challenge – an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas – and he finished 15th at the PGA Tour event. He has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013, while his title drought in major championships dates back to 2008.”It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,” he wrote on his website.”The long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.”But I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”last_img read more

MLB’s marijuana, opioid policies reportedly set to change amid new drug agreement

first_imgAdditionally, the drug agreement is expected to specifically address opioid use, aiming to to rehabilitate users rather than punish them. Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, on July 1, and an autopsy found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system.As part of a new agreement on opioids being negotiated between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, MLB will remove marijuana from the list of banned substances for minor leaguers, sources tell The Athletic. Major leaguers have not been subject to testing for marijuana.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2019MORE: What’s next for Nats after signing Stephen Strasburg?Neither marijuana nor opioids provide a competitive advantage to players, of course, and are thus not categorized the same way as performance enhancing drugs. MLB will stop testing players not on 40-man rosters for marijuana use as part of a still-to-be-finalized drug agreement between the league and Players’ Association, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.While players on 40-man rosters are currently not subject to tests for marijuana, the league still scans and suspends minor league athletes for positive tests. This proposed change, then, would standardize the testing process for pro players at all levels. Decriminalization of pot in many states around the U.S. as well as shifting policies in other leagues such as the NBA, have set precedent for MLB to loosen its approach to the drug.Opioids, meanwhile, represent a national addiction crisis. For athletes in particular, painkillers can be a dangerous entry point to substance abuse. As a result, both the Players Association and MLB have publicly voiced support for the drug policy to offer treatment options rather than punishment.Players Association head Tony Clark said last week that he believed a deal between his union and the league was imminent.last_img read more