Month: August 2021

  • Don Best: Jewel in Scientific Games’ crown, or thorn in its side?

    first_img Julian Buhagiar responds to yesterday’s acquisition of Don Best by Scientific Games Email Address Don Best: Jewel in Scientific Games’ crown, or thorn in its side? Scientific Games’ acquisition of Don Best Sports was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response by investors, argues Julian Buhagiar, citing SGMS’s 9% climb in share price by closing yesterday (9 October).Why has there been such a lukewarm reception to Scientific Games’ acquisition of US betting and data supplier Don Best? It may be a reflection of Don Best’s data gathering techniques; using pricing analysts at games or the aggregation of feeds from largely offshore sportsbooks. Or it could be its relatively low annual revenue of around $15m.On the face of it, the acquisition is strategically a good one. A new platform offering is likely to fare better than the incumbent OpenBet platform. Indeed, there have been doubts as to whether the latter is fit for purpose having only secured one major sports betting contract in the US post-PASPA, despite SG being the online casino provider of choice across numerous New Jersey operators.On technology alone, Don Best would appear to be a jewel in SG’s crown especially given the data aggregation potential, but it will be interesting to see just how SG manages to bolt this tech onto its proprietary business and just how complex a process this will be.Fortunately, we are still very much in the early days of US sports betting re-regulation and SG’s IT and trading teams will have some time to rewire the system to accommodate specific US needs. That said, it is peak US sports season and they will have to work overtime to ensure more customers come on board. One of the more significant factors behind SG’s inability to rally new enthusiasm, at least in the short term, lies more in the way it has amassed a significant amount of debt over time. Following its Q2 earnings report a few months ago, SG continues to be highly debt-leveraged; with more than $9bn owed in various loan-related instruments.Consequently, any below-target earnings will be amplified because of an increasing difficulty to service debt. The last numbers may have missed targets by modest amounts, but investors have started to question the company’s ability to turnaround profits, and by extension, their returns. Thus, any new acquisitions, such as Don Best, may be well-suited to SG in terms of its long-term strategic growth plans, but investors are more concerned around the company’s ability to service its short- to medium-term debt obligations. There has been a recent shift in the structure of US M&A transactions and we have seen a spike in interest from private equity and venture capital firms, most recently with Sportradar and Genius Sports.Interestingly, both also offer data services, which savvy investment firms know will always be in demand and offer stable and consistent annuity revenue unaffected by high customer acquisition costs or taxes. They will also be invaluable when aiming to engage and retain existing players and acquire and attract a new, younger mobile-first audience. We fully expect momentum around these types of deals to increase, especially around data-driven software suppliers and fast-growing platform providers, with exit valuations that will tempt even the most risk-averse firms given their medium- to long-term outlook. The potential of a larger-scale re-regulated US gaming and betting market is finally turning heads.Julian Buhagiar is co-founder of RB Capital. He is an investor, CEO and board director to multiple ventures in gaming, fintech and media markets and has lead investments, M&As and exits to date totalling more than of $340m. Topics: Finance Sports betting Financecenter_img 10th October 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

  • Pretlow files mobile sports betting bill in New York

    first_imgCasino & games 4th March 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Tags: Mobile OTB and Betting Shops Lawmakers in New York are to run the rule over a new bill that would legalise sports betting on mobile devices, in licensed casinos and at designated wagering lounges across the state.Introduced by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, bill A06113 would amend the current racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding laws in the state in order to permit sports betting.Consumers aged 21 or older would be able to place wagers on professional and collegiate sports events, but wagering on high school competitions would not be permitted. The New York State Gaming Commission would be responsible for regulating the market.Operators that secure a licence to offer sports wagering services in New York would be taxed at a rate of 8.5% of gross sports betting revenue.Tax collected from sports wagering activities would be split between various causes, including problem gambling education and treatment efforts, as well as to help cover the cost of regulation.Licensed casinos that offer sports betting will also have to pay a “royalty fee” of 0.2% of the amount wagered on sports events conducted by registered sports governing bodies. This payment must be made within 30 days of the end of any calendar year.The bill did not say how much licences would cost under the proposed measures, but it did state that casinos seeking to offer mobile sports betting would be able to work with a third-party partner, provided that this partner also secures a licence in New York.Consumers would be able to make deposits and withdrawals from their mobile account in-person at a casino or an affiliated facility, as well as via authorised electronic payment methods and other means approved by the commission. Licensees must ensure their mobile betting servers are located at their own, licensed facility.In terms of allowing sports betting at designated lounges, the bill classifies these facilities as an area that operates a legal sports pool. Both in-person and mobile sports betting would be permitted in these lounges.This would seemingly open up the possibility of in-stadium, legal sports betting, with Madison Square Garden (MSG) having already applied to trademark its MSG brand for sports wagering purposes.Madison Square Garden Company – which operates MSG – has filed an application to use the MSG brand across online, mobile and social media. The filing requests MSG be trademarked for downloadable mobile apps for sports wagering, as well as organising, arranging, conducting and participating in sports wagering tournaments, providing information related to sports bets, and competitions and contests.Sports wagering regulation has been on the agenda for some time in New York, with the New York State Gaming Commission having commenced talks on possible laws for the market in January. It was effectively greenlit as far back as 2013, when a bill allowing the establishment of land-based casinos was ratified by voters in a referendum, with an admendment allowing sports betting, provided the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act be struck down. However, this amendment only permits in-person wagering.Initial laws set out by the Commission include sports betting only be conducted in dedicated, in-venue lounges, which must be at least 500 square feet, with no form of on-property mobile wagering or online betting permitted.All individuals directly involved in the operation of the sportsbook offering must be licensed or registered by the Commission, under the terms of the state’s Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law.Casinos may also partner with a vendor to operate or assist in the running of the sportsbook, with all four existing commercial venues having already done soAside from sports betting, Assemblyman Pretlow is making a play for legal online poker in New York, having put a separate bill forward last month. Passed by the New York Committee on Racing and Wagering, Bill A04924, sets out plans to classify interactive poker as a game of skill rather than luck. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Lawmakers in New York are to run the rule over a new bill that would legalise sports betting on mobile devices, in licensed casinos and at designated wagering lounges across the state. Regions: US New York Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Pretlow files mobile sports betting bill in New Yorklast_img read more

  • Scientific Games lands Pennsylvania truck stop contract

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Scientific Games lands Pennsylvania truck stop contract Regions: US Pennsylvania Scientific Games has agreed a deal with Second State Gaming to install its Bally MultiConnect (BMC) software at 20 truck stop locations across Pennsylvania.Due to go live this spring, the system will be installed on 100 games at 20 sites across the state, based on gaming licence approvals.The planned launch follows Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signing a gambling expansion bill into law in October 2017, which paved the way for legal gambling at truck stops and airports.The deal is the first systems contract awarded and the first deployment of BMC in the new truck stop route market.“We are excited to see how the BMC product will give us a competitive advantage in the new Pennsylvania truck stop video lottery terminal (VLT) market,” Second State’s vice-president of operations, Jennifer Caruso, said.BMC technology provides VLT management reporting tools for multi-site gaming operations and also consolidates data from any number of gaming locations into a single reporting system.Bob Parente, senior vice-president and chief revenue officer at Scientific Games, added: “We are proud of our long-standing gaming partnerships in the State of Pennsylvania, and we are very excited to be the first to enter this new market with our systems offering.”The news comes after Scientific Games last month reported a loss of $352.4m (£265.7m/€311.7m) for the year ended December 31, 2018.Image: USAF Scientific Games has agreed a deal with Second State Gaming to install its Bally MultiConnect (BMC) software at 20 truck stop locations across Pennsylvania. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Slot Machines 14th March 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Slots Email Addresslast_img read more

  • IOC encourages countries to back Macolin convention

    first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The International Olympic Committee (IOC) encouraged countries to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, at the third International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) yesterday (28 October).“This gathering today reflects the very nature of the IFSI, which is cooperation and partnership,”  IOC President Thomas Bach said. “We are a community which shares a common goal to protect competitions from manipulation and from related corruption.”The Forum saw delegates agree to 11 key points of action, the highest-profile of which was urging sports governing bodies ratify the Macolin Convention. These entities must also establish national platforms to fight sporting corruption, as set out by that Convention. This will be supported by the launch of the Sports Investigators Network, a coalition of investigators that have received training from Interpol and the IOC on fighting attempted manipulation.It said that each sports federation was responsible for protecting its sport and educating participants and officials about integrity, something that should be supported by betting operators. This, it said, should be achieved through communication campaigns using assets such as ambassadors, social media, and online and on-site activations. To ensure a flow of information, IFSI delegates agreed that reporting mechanisims are vital for governing bodies and governments. These should follow the best pratice guidelines set out in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and IOC’s Reporting Mechanisms in Sport: A Practical Guide for Development and Implementation guide. Regions: Europe Furthermore, use of data was seen as key for investigations. This exhange of information is crucial for upholding sporting integrity, which the IFSI argued met the needs for a public interest exception to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations.However, it also acknowledged that sports organisations have limited powers when it comes to obtaining evidence. As such, it said, there was a need to work closely with law enforcement agencies around the world. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) encouraged countries to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, at the third International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) yesterday (28 October). Topics: Sports betting Sports bettingcenter_img “It is crucial for government agencies and sports organisations to identify and apprehend those responsible for wrongdoing in sport, including competition manipulation,” Ronan O’Laoire, global coordinator for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) global programme for safeguarding sport from corruption and crime, said.“Having effective reporting mechanisms in place to facilitate this is essential, and we believe that the guide on reporting mechanisms in sport, developed through our partnership with the IOC, sets out a highly effective basis to do just that.”Bach echoed O’Laoire’s sentiment, stressing the importance of cooperation between investigators and sporting bodies.“With this network of 200 trained investigators from International and National Federations, National Olympic Committees and sports disciplinary bodies, we can really go to the heart of the problem, which is having access to information as soon as possible and, in some cases, even before the problem occurs,” Bach said.“Having this investigators’ unit in place will allow us to address issues from the roots,”The IOC and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish cooperation between the two organisations.“Corruption in sports is a global criminal phenomenon perpetrated by organised crime groups operating cross-border and often involved in other crimes,”  Europol’s deputy executive director, Wil van Gemertm said.“Working closely together in coalition with key partners like the IOC is crucial in the fight against corruption in sports. Combating sports corruption means not only defending the integrity of sports, but also protecting the public from criminals who cause significant damage to the safety, security and wellbeing of the EU citizens.”On 2 October, Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) also encouraged countries to back the Macolin Convention, emphasising how it will help with education and prevention activities related to manipulation in sport.To date Italy, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine have ratified the Macolin Convention, while a further 32 countries have signed it. While it was first published in 2014, it had to be ratified by at least five states before it could come into force. Since its introduction, however, it has been opposed by Malta, which claims its definition of illegal gambling potentially puts its licensees at risk of prosecution.The Treaty defines illegal gambling as “any sports betting activity whose type or operator is not allowed under the applicable law of the jurisdiction where the consumer is located”. Malta’s concerns ultimately blocked the Council of Europe from signing Macolin on behalf of its 28 member states. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 29th October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Address IOC encourages countries to back Macolin conventionlast_img read more

  • Australian competition authority clears Flutter-Stars merger

    first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted its approval to the proposed mega-merger between Flutter Entertainment and The Stars Group (TSG).Flutter, the parent company of Paddy Power Betfair, has agreed a deal to acquire all shares in TSG and merge with the PokerStars operator to form a combined business with expected annual revenue of £3.8bn (€4.6bn/$4.9bn).The proposed deal is subject to regulator and authority approval in a number of countries, including Australia, where the ACCC gave its informal approval to the merger.However, Flutter and TSG are still required to gain approval from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board, as well as further international regulatory bodies, in order to progress with the agreement.Earlier this month, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority announced it was to investigate the proposed deal, and invited any parties interested in the merger to submit comments until 18 February.In addition to regulatory approval, Flutter and TSG must also give clearance to the deal, though this is not expected to happen until the second quarter of the year. At least 66% of TSG shareholders would need to vote in favour of the deal in order to proceed.Other closing conditions include approval from the FCA, London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin, as well as merger controls, foreign investment and gaming-related approvals in the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada.Should the deal gain all necessary approvals, Flutter and TSG said they hope to complete the deal during the second or third quarter of this year. Australian competition authority clears Flutter-Stars merger Regions: Oceania Australia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Legal & compliance Email Address The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted its approval to the proposed mega-merger between Flutter Entertainment and The Stars Group (TSG). Topics: Legal & compliance Strategy 19th February 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

  • MLB targets Australian growth through Tabcorp deal

    first_img14th July 2020 | By contenteditor Major League Baseball (MLB) said it wants to use a new partnership with Tabcorp to build its popularity in Australia.Under the multi-year international partnership, TAB will be the sole official wagering partner of the MLB in Australia while its 4,400 venues will have access to MLB Network, the league’s 24/7 television channel.The venues will also air up to 10 live games per week. The games and MLB Network will be delivered via arrangements with MLB and its international streaming partner Sportradar, and broadcast through Tabcorp’s racing and sports network, Sky.MLB fans in Australia will also have access at home and on the go to all MLB games live on the TAB app and website, along with MLB Network.The partnership makes further strengthens TAB’s US sports portfolio, adding to existing deals with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL).“There is growing demand for US sports content in Australia, particularly among TAB punters,” Tabcorp managing director of wagering and media Adam Rytenskild said.“Baseball is America’s national pastime and this ground-breaking MLB deal – which complements our NBA and NFL partnerships – helps us to fulfil our ambition of being the home of US sport in Australia and to deliver superb experiences for our customers, both in venues and digitally via the app and website.”Through the deal, Australian punters will also get the chance to access exclusive MLB content including game tickets, player experiences, competitions and more.Kenny Gersh, MLB executive vice president, said he hoped the deal would help to increase the league’s popularity across Australia.“We are looking forward to working with Tabcorp to bring exciting baseball content to millions of fans in Australia via TAB and Sky,” Gersh said.“When the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played the Opening Series games at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground in 2014, we saw how much baseball resonated with Australian sports fans.“We want to continue to help develop baseball in Australia and grow the game nationwide. Between TAB’s retail footprint and wagering expertise, we’re confident that this partnership is a significant step towards elevating baseball in Australia.”Last month, Toronto-listed betting and media business theScore was named as an authorised gaming partner of MLB. MLB targets Australian growth through Tabcorp deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Marketing & affiliatescenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Major League Baseball (MLB) said it wants to use a new partnership with Tabcorp to build its popularity in Australia. Regions: Oceania Australia Email Addresslast_img read more

  • Fifa gives official designation to FIFPro match-fixing app

    first_imgLegal & compliance 11th September 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Fifa, football’s global governing body, has designated a new smartphone app developed by the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) to anonymously report match-fixing as a valid reporting tool for potential corruption in the sport.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Fifa, football’s global governing body, has designated a new smartphone app developed by the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) to anonymously report match-fixing as a valid reporting tool for potential corruption in the sport.The agreement means that Fifa and its dedicated integrity department will investigate confidential information submitted via the app that is shared by FIFPro.Created in partnership with Finland’s player association and wholly owned by FIFPro, the Red Button app allows professional footballers around the world to anonymously report match-fixing approaches.FIFPro said that the ability to report approaches anonymously will help protect footballers concerned about the consequences on their careers and personal safety.Red Button was built with technology that ensures no trace of a report is left on a smartphone, while the app also gives players the option to leave contact details so that investigators can contact them in confidence about match-fixing cases.The app will now complement Fifa’s existing confidential reporting platforms, such as the Fifa Integrity App and BKMS, as well as other methods available at both national and international level.“Safeguarding the integrity of football and ensuring that all participants can play in a safe environment is a top priority for us,” Fifa’s deputy legal and compliance officer, and director of integrity and anti-doping, Oliver Jaberg, said.“Working together with stakeholders at all levels of football is key part of Fifa’s approach to protecting the integrity of football and we look forward to collaborating with FIFPro on this new initiative.”FIFPro’s legal director Roy Vermeer praised Fifa for its support of the new app, stating his confidence that the technology will play major role in clamping down on match-fixing across the world of football, while helping to protect whistle-blowers.“With players facing disciplinary action for failing to report a match-fixing approach, there must be a way for them to do this without fear that they are putting themselves, their families and their careers in danger,” Vermeer said.“The Red Button app provides this facility and will help players manage this considerable risk that, through no fault of their own, might confront them at any time.”In July, the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the sports betting integrity body for the lottery industry, said football was the sport that generated the highest amount of suspicious betting alerts in the first half of the year.Some 197 of all 269 alerts registered in the period were in relation to football events. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Fifa gives official designation to FIFPro match-fixing applast_img read more

  • ATG backs extension of Swedish online casino controls

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Online casino Regulation Chief executive Hans Lord Skarplöth (pictured) said though the measures are necessary to protect players during Covid-19, he repeated calls to introduce a new mandatory loss limit in Sweden, saying that this would protect vulnerable people both during and after the pandemic. “We see virtual sports as an exciting complement to our current range of games,” ATG’s head of sports betting Christian Erlandsson said. “It is a new, more modern experience; we have Swedish commentators on English football and ice hockey, as well as horse racing.” Regions: Sweden Sweden’s former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has backed the national government’s proposal to extend the temporary controls for online casino, saying this would help to protect people from gambling harm amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ATG already has in place a mandatory loss limit for online casino customers in Sweden. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: ATG ATG backed the measures when they were first introduced and has continued to support the government. ATG backs extension of Swedish online casino controls Regulation ATG’s support for the proposed extension comes after Swedish operator body Branscheforenigen för Onlinespel (BOS) yesterday (10 November) hit out at the plans, going as far as calling for the measures to be withdrawn. 11th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher ATG players in Sweden will now be able to place bets on virtual sports based around football and ice hockey, as well as updated versions of the trotting and galloping virtual sports it had been running for a number of years. The controls were imposed from 2 July and had been due to run until the end of the year, but the government said it was keen to extend the restrictions due to an ongoing rise in positive Covid-19 cases in the country. Meanwhile, ATG has expanded its sports betting offering with the addition of new virtual sports games from Kiron Interactive. The association added that by extending restrictions, this could see high-volume players move between different operators to avoid the deposit limit, making it difficult for operators to monitor behaviour, as well as force users to unlicensed not required to follow Covid-19 measures. This week, the government launched a consultation on keeping the measures, which include a SEK5,000 (£437.20/€491.20/$577.40) weekly deposit limit, until at least June 2021. BOS said the measures were originally introduced ahead of an expected spike in online casino gambling during the Covid-19 pandemic, something it said did not occur. “With that reservation, it was a right decision then, and a right decision today. Extending the current measures feels like a reasonable measure in a time that is in many ways troubled.” “I was one of those who applauded the restrictions when they were launched,” he said. “Although I still believe that a mandatory loss limit at online casinos would have been more effective than the current deposit limit. Email Addresslast_img read more

  • Nagasaki selects trio to progress in IR tender process

    first_img Nagasaki selects trio to progress in IR tender process Land-based casino Nagasaki has narrowed the candidates vying to become the Japanese prefecture’s integrated resorts partner, with three moving forward to the next stage of interviews. The trio that move forward will now be required to complete a second set of questions about their plans for the venue, which will be located on the site of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo.  Niki Chyau Fwu Group comprises Japenese commercial real estate developer The Niki Group and Taiwanese construction business Chyau Fwu Group, also known as Parkview Group. They will also have to undergo an audit by an independent investigator to ensure the business is fit to run an integrated resort, with a view to selecting the final partner by August this year.  Regions: Asia Japan The initial invitation to interested parties saw five companies put themselves forward, with this quintet all invited to submit initial questionnaires.  Legislation states that the resorts can dedicate no more than 3% of their floorspace to gambling, while local citizens will be required to pay an entry fee. The Japanese government’s selection process to choose three integrated resorts sites is also still to run, though the Nagasaki prefectural government expects that to be finalised in summer or autumn this year.  19th March 2021 | By Robin Harrison The two that have failed to progress are One Kyushu, a consortium led by Japanese conglomerate Pixel Companyz and featuring France’s Groupe Partouche, and Current Group. center_img Construction on the property would then be subject to consent from the citizens of Sasebo, with construction unlikely to begin before 2023, and the venue not expected to open for years after.  Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter There are currently a number of cities in contention for one of the three IR sites alongside Sasebo. The capital Tokyo, Yokohama, Okinawa, Osaka and Wakayama could also host one of the facilities.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter With two of the five now cut, the three to move forward are Casinos Austria International, Oshidori International Development and its partner Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, and Niki Chyau Fwu Group.  The project was greenlit by the government in July 2018, and aims to encourage tourism with sites featuring multiple commercial and cultural attractions.  Current Group comprised junket operator Guangdong Group, Japan’s Current Corporation, Get Nice Holdings, property investor Success Universe Group and Hong Kong-listed ITC Properties.  Tags: Casinos Austria Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Land-based casino Licensing Regulationlast_img read more

  • July 15 Grand Finales: It is World Cup vs Wimbledon –…

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OnlineTLC’s So Freaking Cheap Takes Penny-Pinching to the ExtremeE! OnlineUndocio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comUndo247 Sports50 Best College Football Players Of All Time247 SportsUndoThere is no certainty on who takes on whom in the two finals. However, the sports will have a dilemma for a choice between football and tennis. Given the average duration of Wimbledon men’s final, the probability of an overlap between the tennis and football finals is 90%.Never before in the history of Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup finals have fallen on the same date. With the Wimbledon final in London and the World Cup final in Moscow scheduled to start at 6:30 and 8:30 pm respectively, an overlap of the live action is a strong possibility.For the first time, this year the men’s final at Wimbledon clashes with the World Cup final and yet, despite the World Cup’s bumper television ratings, Wimbledon organisers say there is no prospect of moving the final to avoid a clash on July 15. Given the fact that players at Wimbledon take 10 minutes for entry and warm up, the FIFA final will kick-start an hour and 50 minutes into the tennis Grand Slam action.In the past two decades, all but two gentlemen’s finals have lasted longer than an hour and 50 minutes. That creates a strong possibility that when the Wimbledon action will be at its climax, sports fans will have to make a choice between tennis and football. The Wimbledon broadcasters across the globe will have concern of losing crucial eyeballs at the post-match presentations.According to a report by The Times, London, the Wimbledon organisers will not deviate from their tradition and consider an early start for the men’s title clash at the All England Championship.“I can honestly say we had a shot clock on it [a discussion about moving the final] and I am not sure it went up to 25 seconds,” Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the All England Club, had told The Times. “We just said, ‘Our final is at two o’clock, let’s just stick with it. That’s our tradition, let’s go with it.’ Otherwise you start saying, ‘Well, who else do we move for? World athletics or something?’ “It has not been a discussion other than, ‘We are two o’clock and that’s it’.”The first two days and three matches FIFA World Cup 2018 Finals in Russia have registered a GRP 1 on the Indian television audience ratings data for the week. The number, unprecedented for a non-cricket event in India, indicate that the sports lovers in the country are rooting strongly for their ‘doosri country.’As the battles on the football field get more intense with the start of the Round of 16 on June 30, the Sony Pictures Network will be looking for these numbers to grow. However, that phase will also throw a challenge to the broadcaster for retaining the FIFA World Cup fans backing their ‘doosri country.’ The Wimbledon Central Court action, to be broadcast by rivals Star Sports from July 2 and India’s tour of England a day later, will all clash with the World Cup games scheduled to start between 7:3o pm and 11:30 pm.The two Grand Finales may also bring to the fore some more aggressive marketing pitches from India’s two major sports broadcasters and rivals Star Sports and Sony Pictures Network. Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Verratti returns for Italy, Ampadu starts for Wales, check full line-ups; Follow Live Updates, TAGS2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaFIFA World CupFIFA World Cup finalSony Pictures NetworkStar SportsWimbledonWimbledon 2018 SHARE Football Come July 15 – It will be a battle between the two grand finals – Wimbledon men’s singles and FIFA World Cup 2018. Only time will reveal the finalists. Sports lovers, though, will have a choice to make when it is FIFA World Cup vs Wimbledon and Sony Pictures Network vs Star Sports.July 15 will offer two grand spectacles to sports fans across the world – the Wimbledon men’s final at the All England Club courts in London and the FIFA World Cup 2018 decider at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Football Cricket FootballLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSportTennis July 15 Grand Finales: It is World Cup vs Wimbledon – Sony Pictures vs Star Sports Previous articleBCCI nod to players’ revised central contract paymentsNext articleMessi’s Argentina vs Barcelona: National interests flop, but club on top Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know By Kunal Dhyani – June 23, 2018 Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey: Top 5 players to watch out for in SUI vs TUR Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WAL Football Football Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to wet outfield, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updateslast_img read more