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STATSCORE’s Betting Industry Review 25/07/2022

Belgium restricts gambling deposits to €200 weekly, LaLiga and Saran Media Group sign TV rights deal for Turkey, and FC Barcelona launches its first NFT. Here comes STATSCORE’s Review.

  1. Belgium restricts gambling deposits to €200 weekly
  2. LaLiga and Saran Media Group sign TV rights deal for Turkey
  3. FC Barcelona launches its first NFT
  4. Viaplay buys U.K.-based Premier Sports
  5. Quidditch changes name to quadball over J.K. Rowling comments

Belgium restricts gambling deposits to €200 weekly

The Belgium Gaming Commission has confirmed a decision to decrease the weekly depositing limit at gambling platforms from €500 to €200 ($203) weekly.

Belgium keeps restricting its online gambling industry. Most importantly, the deposit limit has been reduced from €500 to €200 on ‘games of chance’ per operator site.

It will be possible for a player to bet more than €200 weekly, but they will have to ask their operators to manually increase the limit. Such a move may be carried out after affordability checks, which some fear may be too invasive.

The decree will come into effect on October 20. Read more

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LaLiga and Saran Media Group sign TV rights deal for Turkey

The Turkish media company has signed a new five-year partnership to air LaLiga’s games.

“We are thrilled to add LaLiga to our portfolio for the next five seasons,” said Alan K. Saran, chief executive of Saran Media Group.

Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, added: “We are very happy to partner with Saran Media Group to bring unprecedented coverage of LaLiga to our Turkish fans and to expand interest in the Spanish competition.” Read more

FC Barcelona launches its first NFT

The club’s first NFT depicts Johan Cruyff’s iconic goal scored against Atletico Madrid in 1973.

The club has launched “In a Way, Immortal” NFT, which is an audiovisual digital artwork celebrating the legendary Dutch player.

Barcelona’s NFTs will be up for auction at Sotheby’s in a hybrid online-live bidding. Read more

Viaplay buys U.K.-based Premier Sports

Swedish media company Viaplay Group has acquired Premier Sports in a deal that values the pay-TV operator at UK£30 million.

The move will complement the rights that Viaplay has previously secured for the UK, and its platforms are available across the UK through distribution agreements with Sky, Virgin, Amazon and Netgem TV.

Premier Sports’ U.K. sports rights include content for Spanish LaLiga, NASCAR motorsport and the United Rugby Championship League. Viaplay currently has U.K.-based deals in place with NHL, European Handball Federation, and other organisations. Read more

Quidditch changes name to quadball over J.K. Rowling comments

Sport inspired by a game played in “Harry Potter” is changing its name to quadball.

US Quadball and Major League Quadball have announced the new official name of the sport.

Two reasons for the change were cited. The first one is the fact that the name Quidditch is trademarked by Warner Bros. Secondly, the governing bodies want to distance themselves from “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling over her allegedly anti-transgender rhetoric. Read more

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