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George Kliavkoff Joins MGM Resorts International As President Of Entertainment And Sports

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Kliavkoff to lead company’s evolving role within the sports and entertainment marketplace
Longtime Entertainment Executive Richard Sturm to form Entertainment Consulting firm to work exclusively with MGM Resorts

 

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts”) announced that George Kliavkoff has joined the company as President of Entertainment and Sports. Kliavkoff will drive MGM Resorts’ entertainment and sports operations and develop and maintain partnerships within the industry.

In his new role, Kliavkoff is responsible for the operations, finance, strategy, booking, marketing, sponsorships and ticketing for MGM Resorts‘ more than 30 theaters, showrooms and arenas, including T-Mobile Arena (home of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights), MGM Grand Garden, Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Mandalay Bay Beach, Park Theater, the Theater at MGM National Harbor and the MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield. Kliavkoff will be based in Las Vegas and report to MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle.

MGM Resorts is one of the largest live events companies in the world, with offerings that include six Cirque du Soleil shows, hundreds of A-list concerts, magic and comedy shows every year, eSports, and traditional sporting events including boxing, UFC, rodeo, and MGM’s WNBA team, the Las Vegas Aces.

“George is joining our company at an exciting time and will play a key role as we both build on existing successful partnerships as well as continue to expand our industry-leading sports and entertainment offerings,” Hornbuckle said. “His innovative approach and knowledge in the entertainment and digital world will strengthen our reputation as a company that provides world-class experiences for our guests to enjoy.”

Hornbuckle also announced that MGM Resorts was thrilled to be able to continue its important business relationship with Richard Sturm, the company’s long-serving President of Entertainment and Sports, by securing an exclusive three-year consulting agreement with Sturm’s new company, Las Vegas Live Entertainment and Sports. As part of that agreement, Sturm will continue to personally provide invaluable business advice and oversee key relationships for the company.

“Richard is an icon in the Las Vegas sports and entertainment world and we are thrilled to continue his relationship with the MGM Resorts family. Many of the city’s most exciting and successful events over the last two decades can be attributed to Richard’s relationships and deep industry knowledge,” Hornbuckle said.

Kliavkoff joins MGM Resorts with more than 20 years of experience leading media and entertainment strategies. He most recently served as the CEO of Jaunt Inc., an augmented and virtual reality start-up that worked with clients like NFL, NBA, MLB, Manchester United, Uber, Disney and other leading companies to develop immersive content technologies. He previously served in executive roles with top media companies, including serving as Co-President at Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, Chief Digital Officer at NBC Universal and Executive Vice President of Business for Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Kliavkoff holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 81,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®.

Source: MGM Resorts International

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Paddy Power Betfair to appeal penalty of €55 million

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Paddy Power Betfair has announced that it will appeal against the tax bill of €55m slapped against its German and Greek businesses.

The first fine of €40m concerns the Betfair Exchange in Germany, which was operational up to November 2012, while the second of €15m relates to the paddypower.com business in Greece.

The Hessen Fiscal Court provided Paddy Power Betfair with a decision relating to the group’s appeal of a 2012 German tax assessment relating to the Betfair Exchange. The Fiscal Court found against the Group and deemed that a tax liability of €40m is payable, including accrued interest.

Paddy Power Betfair says this represents a multiple of the revenues generated by the Exchange during the assessment period. Separately, the group was recently issued with a Greek tax assessment for financial years 2012, 2013 and 2014, relating to paddypower.com’s Greek interim license.

Paddy Power Betfair stated: “The Group strongly disputes the basis of these assessments, and in line with the legal and tax advice we have received, is confident in our grounds to appeal. We therefore intend to do so. Pending the outcome of these appeals, we paid the total Greek liability in January 2019 while we await clarity with respect to the timing of any cash payment in Germany.”

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Betfair launches “Play Smart” campaign

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Betfair’s has launched its latest campaign “Play Smart” involving world-class talent from Barcelona, Arsenal and Juventus. The new campaign will underline Betfair’s position as the place for smart bettors to land their winners.

The Play Smart campaign, devised by Leo Burnett London, is the sponsorship evolution of the Betfair campaign “Where Gut Instinct Meets Smarts.” It builds on the cognitive process of blending instincts, intelligence and competitiveness and the ability to “Play Smart.”

Stephen Mault, brand director at Betfair, said: “The creative positions the brand as the destination for the smart bettor, while building association between the brand and our high-profile partners [Arsenal, Barcelona and Juventus].”

 

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Sportradar partner with BBC to show European Badminton

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The BBC has reached an agreement with right holder Sportradar to live telecast the semi-final and final of Badminton’s European Mixed Team Championships in Copenhagen. The matches will be shown tomorrow and day after tomorrow on the BBC Sport website and digital platforms.

The tournament started on 13 February, with defending champions Denmark facing challenges from teams like France, the Netherlands and Spain in their group.

England, seeded second, have to face Ireland, Germany and Russia in their group.

England’s Men’s Singles player and National Champion, Rajiv Ouseph, assessed their chances.

“As players, we always enjoy the European team events and go to Denmark with the strongest possible squad which, due to injury, has not always been the case in past seasons.”

“When you pull on that England shirt, you really feel the pride of playing for your country, and we’re already excited to have another opportunity as a team to show that on court in front of the fans.”

Lutz Tigges, senior director audiovisual broadcast at Sportradar said, “We are really looking forward to starting coverage of the European Badminton Mixed Team Championships in Denmark. Demand for the broadcast coverage has been really strong and being able to add the BBC to that across their digital channels is another endorsement of the event.”

Live action will also be available to a global audience through Sportradar’s digital platform for the tournament, www.laola1.tv/badmintoneurope/

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