Kambi confirms ATG deal as Sweden prepares for fresh regulation

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Kambi has completed a deal with Swedish horse racing operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) for the provision of its multi-channel Sportsbook and services.The agreement follows a competitive tender process, with Kambi’s strong track record in regulated markets, cutting-edge technology and powerful operator empowerment capabilities helping secure its selection.The multi-year deal comes as Sweden prepares to adopt a new regulatory framework on 1 January 2019, one which will give ATG the ability to complement its horse racing product with a full sports betting offer for the first time.Kambi has emphasised it belief that the addition of its premium Sportsbook to ATG’s popular horse racing and trotting product will deliver a market-leading experience to ATG’s established customer base.Confirmation of the deal comes after Kambi had earlier this month announced the two companies were taking part in final stage commercial discussions.Kristian Nylen, Kambi Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Since launching in 1974, ATG has become a leading brand within its home market of Sweden and is a company which has, over time, built a vast and loyal customer base.“So as the operator prepares for its next phase of growth in a re-regulated Swedish market, Kambi is proud to have been chosen as ATG’s multi-channel Sportsbook provider and we look forward to forming a strong partnership.”last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin’s ‘biggest’ win over Duke sends clear signal to college hoops critics: November matters, too

first_imgIf this were another low-major program that had gone into Cameron Indoor Stadium and won, that statement would have been indisputable. But SFA has reached the NCAA Tournament five times in the past 10 years, and each of those appearances required a Southland Conference tournament final victory to assure the Lumberjacks of a bid.And they advanced in two of those years: They beat No. 5 seed VCU in overtime, 77-75, in 2014. Two years later, they throttled No. 3 seed West Virginia, 70-56, and advanced to a second-round game against Notre Dame they should have won to reach the Sweet 16.MORE: Stephen F. Austin hero’s family severely impacted by Hurricane DorianSo, was beating top-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium — becoming the first non-conference opponent to win in that building since St. John’s did it in February 2000 — bigger than all of that?A Twitter poll I posted this morning indicated the public believes Collins was correct, that defeating Duke at Cameron was the biggest moment for SFA basketball. The margin was decisive, too: 65 percent for Duke, 35 percent for the West Virginia win in the 2016 NCAAs.Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports tweeted in favor of Tuesday night’s result: “Nobody like SFA has gone into Cameron and won in decades.”He has an excellent point there. St. John’s finished third in the Big East that year and ranked No. 9 in the AP poll. The Red Storm earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. To find a result similar to this for the Blue Devils, a home loss to a team from well outside the major conferences, one must travel all the way back to 1982-83, when they fell at Cameron to Wagner, 84-77. That Duke team was not ranked No. 1. That Duke team finished 11-17 — the last losing team Mike Krzyzewski coached from start to finish.Lots have beat Duke in March. Nobody like SFA has gone into Cameron and won in decades— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) November 27, 2019Adam Gold, who does the “Adam & Joe” afternoon drive program in the Raleigh/Durham region with co-host Joe Ovies, also voted for the SFA win at Cameron because “NCAA upsets happen all the time.”Last night because of the setting. NCAA upsets happen all the time. 14 over 3 uncommon, but not earth shattering. Winning AT CAMERON, and being as good as they were in the second half? Awesome.— Adam Gold (@AGoldFan) November 27, 2019“In almost every other circumstance, I would vote for the NCAA Tournament,” tweeted Derek Schultz of Indianapolis sports radio program “Query and Schultz.” But he opted for Tuesday night’s win because the Devils were No. 1 and owners of such a long home winning streak against non-league opponents. “Man, that’s about as historic as it gets for a regular season win.”In almost any other circumstance, I would vote for the NCAA Tournament victory.However, beating Duke who a) is #1; b) at Cameron; and c) to end a 150-game non-conference home win streak? Man… that’s about as historic as it gets for a regular season win.— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) November 27, 2019We wrote two weeks ago, after Evansville’s historic upset win over No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena, that the number of early entrants departing college basketball and the relatively meager national freshman class would have led to fewer truly elite teams in college hoops this season.Fewer meaning, well, none. But even those factors didn’t portend the kinds of results we are seeing for the top teams in the polls.The reaction to the Duke and Kentucky defeats could be considered an excellent development for college basketball in 2019-20, and not just for the legions of Devils and Cats haters. That so many would consider a November result to be monumental gives lie to the common refrain that NCAA basketball is a one-month sport.March is huge for the game, no doubt, but if this many people are paying attention before Thanksgiving, that cannot be a bad thing. Stephen F. Austin’s Nathan Bain let go of the layup that defeated No. 1 Duke with 0.2 seconds remaining in Tuesday night’s game.As the ball settled into the net, Fox Sports announcer Eric Collins shouted, “The Lumberjacks have done it!” Then he waited just a second or two longer before declaring, “This is going to be the biggest win in program history!”last_img read more