7-1

I’m totally confused by this Lyon story. So, Lyon beat Dinamo Zagreb 7-1, as a result of which they qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions’ League, and “the most obvious fear was that the result was part of a betting scam”. Why? Why isn’t the obvious reward for fixing, qualification for the knock-out stages? …

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Politicians

I’ve written before at greater length about politicians and platitudes, and how political bullshit is best detected when you can’t find a person on the planet who would argue the opposite of a comment made by someone with great passion. Tonight I was at a dinner where a politician made a rousing speech. The bit that …

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Washington

I was in Washington earlier in the week, invited to speak at a gambling conference full of regulators. It would seem that not a lot has changed, in any respect. My pitch was that I will be interested to learn whether US regulators learn from the mistakes of other regulators around the world. Regulation, I …

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Separate issues

Well, it seems you can take the boy out of the betting industry, but you can’t take the betting industry out of the boy. Or not, at least, the desire to see some clarity brought to an old debate. I’ve spent the day at the Professional Players’ Federation annual conference – an enjoyable and interesting …

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Liverpool

The row sparked this week by Liverpool MD Ian Ayre’s suggestion that the club should be able to negotiate its own deal for television rights is an interesting one for a number of reasons. You can see the logic. Ayre pointed out, quite rightly, that these days, the real competition for the clubs with the …

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Sport and influence

I was sent an interesting little story from France this morning, which has got even more curious because the page that it was on, on L’Equipe, has now been taken offline. It was about the French women’s football team, which is sponsored by Nike, and which recently qualified for next year’s Olympics. Their sponsorship apparently …

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PR and gambling

There have been a number of things in the last week that have, shall we say, raised an eyebrow – some more high profile than others. I was amused, for example, by the juxtaposition of Michel Platini saying that football, ‘like most sporting disciplines’ is ‘in mortal danger’ from match-fixing, and the lead item on Newsnight …

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Or answer (b).

Paul Leyland from Investec is quoted in the Independent today as saying, “it will be difficult to make money in a taxed UK environment”. In a single sentence, he has written off 10 years of history in which Betfair has been profitable every year, paid out a couple of hundred in dividends and built up £150m on …

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