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National Football League and Sportradar Broaden Partnership

Zoltan Tundik

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Multi-Year Agreement Makes Sportradar the Exclusive Distributor of Official League Data to Global Media and Gaming Markets

The National Football League (NFL) and Sportradar, the world’s leading provider of sports data and content, today announced an expansion of their existing partnership, which will license the distribution of NFL official league data and content to more fans around the world.

Since 2015, Sportradar has been the NFL’s exclusive distributor of official play- by-play statistics, as well as the NFL’s proprietary Next Gen Stats (NGS) player tracking data to media outlets.  The original partnership included the creation of Sportradar’s cutting-edge research platform, Radar360, which is used by the NFL, its member clubs, and media outlets.  These aspects of the partnership will continue in the new agreement.

The renewal significantly expands upon the existing partnership, including exclusive distribution of real-time official play-by-play data and NGS data to sports betting operators in the U.S. and internationally where sports betting is legal and regulated.  Official licensed data will improve the speed and accuracy of NFL data and enhance protections for consumers.  In addition, Sportradar will now have the right to distribute live audio-visual (AV) game feeds to sportsbooks in select international markets.

The NFL will also use Sportradar’s comprehensive and award-winning integrity services to monitor betting across all NFL games (preseason, regular season, and postseason). The NFL and its clubs will also have access to Sportradar’s integrity education workshops and products to ensure the continuation of the NFL’s high standard for integrity.

“Sportradar has been an excellent partner the last four years and has provided the league, our teams, and media marketplace with innovative data products,” said Hans Schroeder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NFL Media. “We look forward to working with Sportradar to deliver fast, accurate official league data that will innovate and improve experiences for our fans across platforms.”

“We are thrilled to become NFL’s exclusive data distribution partner, undoubtedly one of the most important partnerships in Sportradar’s history. We are confident we will maximize our strong partnership with the NFL and deliver ground-breaking products across the gaming, fantasy and the media worlds,” said Carsten Koerl, Chief Executive Office of Sportradar. “As the unequivocal global leader in sports data, we are ideally positioned to support the NFL in providing innovative products to enhance the way fans experience the game and help maintain the continued integrity of the NFL competition.”

 

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Pennsylvania Sports Betting Revenue Increases in July 2019

Niji Narayan

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GAN plc has updated the market following the publication by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information for July 2019 in Pennsylvania.

Internet Gaming Win was $2.9 million in July compared to $1.4 million in June, reflecting an increase of 100.7%. Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle was approximately $39.0 million for the month of July, compared to $19.3 million in June.

Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues for the month of July were $2.9 million, compared to $1.4 million in June.

This information will be updated and published each month, following publication by the PGCB, in order to enable the investor community to readily monitor the growth of Internet gambling in Pennsylvania, which remains a key market for GAN.

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MGM Springfield Reports First Year a Success

Niji Narayan

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Michael Mathis, president of MGM Springfield, has reported that the first year of the casino was a success. While revenues for the first year are significantly below its own predictions, Mathis said that the casino is doing fine and he is bullish about the coming year.

“I think there were a lot of naysayers that first said we would never build this; then they said people wouldn’t come because it’s Springfield. And a year later, 6 million visitors later, we’re knocking the cover off the ball on many, many facets of it,” Mathis said.

He cited examples of success as bringing in “world class” entertainment to the downtown, hiring approximately 2500 employees, and that about 40% of its workforce is from Springfield compared to its goal of 35%. In addition, the casino has not caused the traffic congestion and crime that some of the naysayers predicted, Mathis said.

For the month of July, MGM Springfield’s gross gaming revenue was $20.4 million, a 2.23% increase over gaming revenues in June. Since its opening, it has not come close to its expectations of raising $418 million in annual gross gaming revenues during its first full year of operation.

The market has some really strong competitors that have been in operation for many years, Mathis said. MGM Springfield, in luring people to the Springfield casino, has been “really successful in getting return trips.”

“It’s just a matter of when we are going to be able to get there. It’s going to take some time in a market like this. If you look at any other facility in the market, there’s always a ramp-up,” Mathis said.

The casino is making a number of changes such as adding bars including a VIP Lounge, adding new amenities, “and we will continue to get smarter about it and chip away into that number,” Mathis added.

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Plaza Hotel & Casino to host second annual Las Vegas Pickleball Open, Sept. 24-28

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LAS VEGAS – With more pickleball courts than any Las Vegas hotel/casino, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is again the official hotel and title sponsor of the Las Vegas Pickleball Open, Sept. 24-28. The annual competition saw registration more than double in its second year and expects to welcome nearly 650 players in 2019.

Due in large part to the success of last year’s tournament, hundreds of amateur and professional pickleball players from across the United States and around the world, including Japan, Mexico and Canada, will participate in next month’s event. Players also span multiple generations, from 12 to 81 years of age. Many players from last year are also returning, including top pros Simone Jardim and Kyle Yates to defend their mixed doubles title.

The Las Vegas Pickleball Open offers professional players a competitive prize package of $25,000 split between grand prize, silver and bronze medalists. The Plaza will again construct special grandstand seating for championship matches that will be streamed live on the event website.

“Pickleball continues to grow in popularity for players young and old,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “Since we debuted the permanent pickleball courts on the rooftop pool and recreation deck in 2016, the Plaza has built a unique reputation as a premier pickleball destination. Now, we are welcoming hundreds of players from around the globe for this unparalleled tournament that offers players everything: top-notch competition as well as delicious dining options, exciting entertainment and relaxing accommodations, all in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.”

The tournament will offer men’s, women’s, and mixed amateur doubles matches as well as men’s, women’s, mixed and senior (50-plus) professional doubles matches. Matches will be played from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the scheduling of the championship matches to be announced. Spectators can attend any of the matches, including the semi-finals and championships, for free.

Players can register for the tournament online at www.lasvegaspickleballopen.com. Participants can also book hotel rooms at the Plaza at a special tournament rate, starting at $40 per night on the event site or at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/pickleball-open/.

A cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong, pickleball is the fastest growing racquet sport in the U.S., boasting more than three million players – a number that has been growing by more than 10 percent each year over the past decade.

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