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STATSCORE’s Betting Industry Review 02/05/2022

ATP and WTA slam Wimbledon’s ban of Russians and Belarusians, NHL viewership goes up, and Shakhtar Donetsk raises money for Ukraine – here’s your weekly Review from STATSCORE!

  1. ATP and WTA slam Wimbledon’s ban of Russian and Belarusian players
  2. NHL viewership goes up around 18% year-over-year
  3. Mass. Senate passes betting bill, includes ban on college sports wagers
  4. Tennis accounts for a third of suspicious bets
  5. Shakhtar Donetsk plays to raise money for Ukraine

ATP and WTA slam Wimbledon’s ban of Russian and Belarusian players

Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players was strongly criticised by the ATP, which runs the men’s tour, and the WTA, responsible for women’s tournaments.

According to Steve Simon, WTA chief, the move is against Grand Slam rules.

“We don’t have the same jurisdiction over the Grand Slams as we do [over] our own sanctioned events. We have precedents, where these situations may have occurred where fines and tournament sanctions have been imposed,” Simon told The Tennis Podcast. Read more

NHL viewership goes up around 18% year-over-year

The world’s top ice hockey league averaged around 460,000 viewers for its U.S. TV telecasts during the regular season across TNT, ABC and ESPN. It’s NHL’s best figure since the 2016-17 season when NBC and NBCSN averaged 474,000.

This regular season was the one with the league’s new media rights deal with Turner and Disney. The average for games on both ESPN and ABC was 639,000 viewers.

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The 18% year-over-year increase is going to make this season the best for the league since 2016-17. Read more

Mass. Senate passes betting bill, includes ban on college sports wagers

The Massachusetts Senate has passed its version of sports betting bill that would allow wagering in the state. However, the bill bans betting on college sports, which is likely to cause conflict with the House.

The Senate’s version of the bill includes a ban on college sports betting, as well as tax rates of 20 percent of gross wagering receipts from in-person bets, and a rate of 35 percent from bets placed via a mobile or digital platform.

The bill also includes strikingly strict rules regarding betting advertising. Read more

Tennis accounts for a third of suspicious bets

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has reported 42 ‘suspicious betting’ cases during the first quarter of 2022. In the last quarter of 2021, there were 69 such cases.

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, explained: “Alerts continue to fluctuate from quarter to quarter, but it is nevertheless welcome that Q1 saw a sizeable fall in suspicious betting, and potential corrupt activity, on IBIA members’ markets”.

More than 80% of the alerts reported in Q1 of 2022 consisted of tennis (14 alerts), football (10) and table tennis (10). Read more

Shakhtar Donetsk plays to raise money for Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk, who were forced to move stadiums in 2014 because of the war in the Donetsk region, have been touring Europe to raise money for children in Ukraine.

The club have so far played in Greece, Poland and Turkey. Now, they hope they can play against Manchester City.

“My dream, and our dream, is to play against Manchester City because we have a lot of connections with Pep Guardiola, with Manchester City…their captain Fernandinho is our ex-player and also Zinchenko.” – the club’s Director of Football, Darijo Srna, has told Sky News. Read more 

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