Betting plays a guessing game on Buenos Aires outcomes

first_img Submit As Argentina heads for General Election polls on 27 October, circumstances appear less favourable for its Buenos Aires (BA) province to progress with an online gambling agenda.Abiding by the tender rules sanctioned by the Argentine Provinces Board for Lotteries and Casinos (IPLyC), nine international operators have formed local partnerships with BA gambling entities, who since June have had no update as to how and when the BA tender will be settled.Fernando Garita, head of Business Development at Betcris for Latin America, told SBCNoticias: “We have not received a formal communication from the authorities, and we still are waiting for the provincial government to define the next step of the process.”Playing what seems like an ‘eternal waiting game’, Betcris is assessing its market options and has disclosed that it may pursue a ‘BA city licence’ issued by  LOTBA – BA’s lottery regulating agency.Moving against its regulatory counterpart IPLyC, LOTBA has stipulated that it may launch its own online gambling regulatory framework for BA’s city jurisdiction featuring no ‘licensee limitations or partnership requirements’. However, the agency has not presented formal provisions serving any form of mandate.Observing from the sidelines, LOTBA’s contrarian actions should showcase to international incumbents what has become a syndrome of contradiction attached to BA political actors pursuing a regulated online gambling marketplace.Case in point comes from Juan Ignacio Juanena, founder of iGaming Latam Consulting, who pointed to BA Governor María Eugenia Vidal flip-flopping on her authored gambling mandate whilst campaigning for province re-election.“The Province has seen Governor Vidal go out to the media emphasizing efforts to prevent gambling from growing in the province, something that has attracted the attention of operators and generates further uncertainty since it has been during her tenure that online gambling has been enabled, with the regulation process started,” Juanena explained to SBCNoticias.International incumbents should note Vidal’s history of turning her back against the sector, which saw the governor eliminate BA’s ‘Provincial Game Fund’ in 2018 having sanctioned the closure of three casinos, stating that the fund’s ‘goal was for gambling not to grow’.Nevertheless, operator anxieties could be better off monitoring the movements of Vidal’s rival Axel Kicillof, who leads October’s BA governorship polls and maybe the man to settle BA gambling.Would a Kicillof BA administration pursue or reform Vidal’s agenda on online gambling, taking into account that supporting ‘Kirchnerismo’ the candidate’s Justicialist Party rejected online gambling being approved in BA’s legislature?Complicating matters further, Argentine football’s Super League and the AFA continue to protest that football clubs should receive a percentage of funds generated from sports betting.Managing Argentine football through a period of national crisis, the Super League and AFA officials state that funds are needed to improve player contracts, comply with labour obligations and implement compliance and integrity programs within their structures.Oscar Tucker, vice president of the Banfield Athletic Club, stated: “It is not only an economic issue, but our claim is also part of the need to protect the integrity of Argentine football from match-fixing and corruption linked to betting. Like other first division clubs, we do not rule out taking any measures to ensure that our order is met.” Operator CEOs head speaker line-up for Latin America’s largest virtual betting and gaming conference May 28, 2020 Growth hungry PandaScore nets back-to-back client wins  July 20, 2020 Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

FIBA Women’s EuroBasket: Top 5 Players

first_imgThe FIBA Women’s EuroBasket All-Star Five of Temi Fagbenle, Astou Ndour, Marta Xargay, Sonja Petrovic and Sandrine Gruda will quite rightly receive all the plaudits from FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, but there are players behind their respective country’s successes that sometimes go overlooked. While the games might have ended in Serbia after a successful tournament, there are players whose performances will be remembered, even if they are not mentioned by the history books in the same way as the aforementioned talents. During her early years in the British program, the team need Joey Leedham-Warner to be a scorer.  She is perfectly able, and helped the likes of CCC Polkowice to a Polish league title last season while scoring 9 points per game with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Even at EuroBasket this year, she managed 11 points per game, but her worth comes from being the “whatever-it-takes” leader that this British unit needs.The roster sometimes struggled against taller teams and Leedham-Warner took on point guard duties in some line-ups. As a consequence, she averaged 4.7 assists during the tournament and always she out-bodied some of the scariest rebounders in EuroBasket tonfinish in the top 10 in rebounding at 7.7 per game.It was her heart that earned Leedham-Warner a place with this selection team. When her team was looking deflated during a frustrating second-half blowout in the bronze medal game against France, the British captain came off the bench and shouted “come on” while stepping on to the court and got her teammates to pick up their heads and go down fighting. Diving on the floor for loose balls, getting steals that led to fast-break layups, beating out bigger players for rebounds, Leedham-Warner showed exactly the kind of heart that helped her nation rise beyond expectations. Forward: Jelena Brooks – Serbia The good-stats-bad-team players sometimes go overlooked in basketball culture, but when someone puts up the great numbers that Alina Iagupova managed for Ukraine – not a terrible team but in a difficult group comprising Spain, Britain and Latvia – you have to take notice. In the first of her country’s three games in the opening round, Iagupova poured in 38 points against the elite defensive unit of Spain – a team that kept Russia’s Maria Vadeeva to 6 points in the quarterfinals. But it’s not just scoring. In the game against Latvia, Iagupova scored 28, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 7 assists in a tough loss. She followed this up with 21 and 7 against Britain to finish with averages of 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists as well as 3.3 steals. It’s a shame we couldn’t see more of Ukraine, but EuroLeague fans can see her in Turkey with Cukurova Basketbol where she led the team in scoring and assists last season. Point guard: Olivia Epoupa – France Small she may be, but she be fierce. Olivia Epoupa refused to be overlooked despite her diminutive stature at EuroBasket. Standing at just 5’5, the French point guard was almost always the shortest player on the court, but she made up for it in speed, strength and leaping ability – often out-jumping opposition centers and even her own elite rebounding teammate Sandrine Gruda.Her physicality helped a young France team compete further in the tournament than some had previously expected, and while she struggled during the final against an elite Spanish defense that had likely scouted her, the 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in Serbia will have put the 25-year-old on the map for bigger contracts and maybe in stronger leagues – especially for those WNBA fans and scouts who tuned in to France’s games to watch Bria Hartley and Marine Johannes of the New York Liberty. Center: Emma Meesseman – Belgium While the concerns of Serbia going into the camp as the host nation ahead of EuroBasket were well known, the heart the team played with during the final stages is something to be marvelled at.Just three months after giving birth, somehow Jelena Brooks managed to get herself back into shape and on the floor at a major international tournament. Her teammate Ana Dabovic often gets the most love during pre-game introductions and Sonja Petrovic might have earned a spot in FIBA’s All-Star Five for the tournament, but the strength Brooks showed in returning to the team to put her body on the line and help lead Serbia to a bronze medal will be remembered for a long time in their home country.Her numbers aren’t gaudy – 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game – but the good coaching rotations of Marina Maljkovic meant that her top three scorers could keep the team chugging away throughout the game with key support from some unexpected players who hadn’t been with the program for several years but had stepped up due to injury replacement.center_img The ever-dependable Emma Meesseman just finds ways to win. This Belgium program that was built around Ann Wauters 20 years ago is being handed over to the Washington Mystics’ forward/center, and as a result it has achieved two unprecedented achievements in consecutive years at different international tournaments.She gives her all to her country. Seeing her after games looks like a mixed martial arts fighter after going the distance. There are scratches, bruises and chunks of her body left on the floor.While she led the Belgian Cats in points and rebounds at EuroBasket, her willingness to work within a system makes her a valuable asset for a team that (aside from Julie Allemand) has an array of middle-tier talent – any one of whom can step up in any game or situation. By the end of the game, Meesseman has referred to her teammates and let the offense develop, and while she might have had a post-up here and there, you are often surprised to look up at the scoreboard and see 20 points and 9 rebounds, plus a handful of assists, blocks and a steal or two. Yet it happens, nearly every night. It also means she is the perfect player to slot in next to some players that need the ball in their hands on her WNBA team.Her importance to the team showed in no greater example than against France when she fouled out. The restrictive French defense turned to all its efforts to stopping Allemand, and with no other elite offensive threat on the floor, Belgium struggled in overtime. Against Hungary, Meesseman struggled in the first half but managed to turn the screws on defense to nearly shut out Belgium’s opponents in the second quarter. Meesseman played a big role and despite missing several easy shots under the rim, she found a way to win – just like she always does. Shooting guard: Joey Leedham-Warner – Great Britain Forward: Alina Iagupova – Ukrainelast_img read more