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UNLV International Gaming Institute Announces Inaugural ESPN Research Fellows

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The resulting research will provide insights into the impact of responsible gambling messages used by media in covering the global sports wagering and gaming industry

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Gaming Institute (IGI) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 ESPN Research Fellowships. This year’s selection showcases a diverse group of scholars whose innovative project proposals will be pivotal in advancing knowledge on responsible gambling messaging in sports media.

Fellowships have been awarded to:

  • Dr Hannah Borenstein, Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Teaching Professor at The University of Chicago
  • Chance Dow, a Master’s student at the University of Memphis’ Tennessee Institute of Gambling Education and Research
  • Dr Eric R Louderback, Research and Evaluation Scientist in the Division on Addiction at Harvard Medical School
  • Dr Brian Petrotta, Assistant Professor of Sport Media and Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Dr Travis Bell, Associate Professor of Digital and Sports Media at the University of South Florida

Each of the Fellowship proposals address unique facets of responsible gambling messaging in sports media. As the intersection between sports and gambling continues to evolve, the work of these scholars is essential in promoting healthy gambling practices and awareness.

These projects will provide insights into practical strategies that policy-makers and the industry can adopt to help safeguard the wellbeing of sports enthusiasts and the public at large.

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Dr Borenstein will explore the relatively untapped domain of track and field and marathon running. Dr Borenstein’s investigation focuses on the implications of integrating gambling into mainstream broadcasting and spectating of these sports.

Dow will investigate the nuances of gendered gambling and responsible gambling. Dow’s study examines how to enhance the effectiveness of responsible gambling messages, particularly among college student populations.

Dr Louderback will analyze video-based sports gambling advertisements on social media. Dr Louderback’s research looks at how responsible gambling messages influence advertisement effectiveness and demonstrates the use of publicly available social media data in advancing knowledge in responsible gambling.

Dr Petrotta and Dr Bell will analyze actual gambling broadcasts during ‘March Madness’ competitions. The study explores how responsible gambling messages are conveyed and will provide crucial insights into real-world practices during live sports broadcasts.

“The IGI is tremendously excited about these projects,” the Executive Director for the IGI, Dr Brett Abarbanel, said. “A key goal of this initiative is to support innovative and impactful research to better understand the rapidly changing global sports and betting environment. This research represents a broad range of perspectives on how gambling is represented in sports media and holds important implications for all gambling stakeholders.”

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“ESPN is proud to work with IGI to advance responsible gaming standards through this comprehensive research,” ESPN Corporate Citizenship Vice-President Kevin Martinez said. “These diverse research projects will help to inform how the industry can continue to respond to and improve upon responsible gaming practices in the sports entertainment ecosystem.”

Each research fellowship lasts for a duration of six (6) months. The results of the research will be featured in an IGI webinar in early 2025.

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Live88 debuts in Buenos Aires with BetWarrior

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Live88 has introduced its product offering with BetWarrior in Buenos Aires, following earlier regulatory approval that established it as the sole live casino studio to be licensed in the region.

The content launch sees Live88 Group provide its luxury and authentic casino experiences to players in the Argentinian province, offering effortless and flawless live versions of casino table classics.

All content is streamed locally from Live88’s dedicated studio, which currently has more than 450 dealers and 20 tables, with plans to expand further.

Live88 was the first supplier to be issued a licence to offer live casino by the Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos (IPLyC) earlier this year, making it the only legal provider to currently supply the product in Buenos Aires.

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BetWarrior is a leading and established operator in Buenos Aires as well as the wider LatAm region, making it a great partner for Live88 as it sets out to strengthen its foothold in the continent.

Maximiliano Majo, Head of LatAm at Live88 Group, said: “Debuting our content in Buenos Aires is a fantastic achievement for the Group and as the only licensed live casino studio in the market we are extremely proud of our committed team for

accomplishing this milestone.

“BetWarrior is a prominent brand with a wide customer base and this partnership is a great opportunity for us to reach new audiences within Latin America and enhance our commercial growth trajectory. We will continue to further grow our presence in Buenos Aires and Latin America and will look to localise our portfolio to tailor to the specific preferences of players in the region.”

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SCCG Management Announced as Title Sponsor for the 1st FightPFC Rio Challenge

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SCCG Management announced its role as the title sponsor for the highly anticipated 1st FightPFC Rio Challenge, set to take place on July 20, 2024, at Legustarecreio.

Pillow Fight Championship is the world’s first professional pillow fighting league, featuring professional fighters engaging in intense, fast-paced, and family-friendly combat. This unique sport, renowned for being a safe alternative to traditional combat sports, offers cardiovascular benefits and an exhilarating experience for participants and spectators alike.

Event Details:

Date: July 20, 2024

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Location: @legustarecreio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Participation Classes:

Kids: 14 to 17 years old

Adults: 18 years and older

“SCCG Management is dedicated to helping client-partners like PFC expand their operations globally. The 1st FightPFC Rio Challenge marks a significant milestone in bringing this innovative and entertaining sport to Brazil. PFC’s growth in Brazil is part of our broader strategy to introduce unique and engaging sports entertainment experiences worldwide,” the company said.

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IGT to Optimize Player Convenience and Retail Solutions for Mississippi Lottery via Three-Year Contract Extension

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has extended its contracts with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation for an additional three years to continue providing online gaming systems and instant ticket services through Dec. 1, 2029. As part of the agreements, IGT will deploy a mobile convenience app, new GameTouch 28 self-service terminals and its Sales Wizard retail automation tool.

“When launching the Mississippi Lottery in 2019, we relied on IGT’s expertise to guide us in driving player engagement across draw-based and instant ticket games, and in realizing our growth targets. After almost five very successful years, we continue working with IGT to enhance our operations and deliver quality entertainment to our players. The Mississippi Lottery is excited to introduce IGT’s new products for added player convenience and install the Sales Wizard tool so that we can leverage actionable insights to identify incremental lottery retail opportunities,” Jeff Hewitt, President of Mississippi Lottery Corporation, said.

“Since the Mississippi Lottery’s inception, IGT has applied our deeply rooted proficiency of industry best practices to help the Lottery continuously exceed its sales objectives, year after year. The new solutions that IGT is delivering in Mississippi will provide ultimate convenience for both the Lottery and its players, while also supporting the needs of the evolving lottery landscape,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery.

Once available, the Mississippi Lottery’s mobile app will provide players a multitude of convenience features, including the ability to view winning numbers, check for winning tickets, create digital playslips, find retailers, access game information, and review responsible gaming materials. In addition to the 300 GameTouch 28 self-service terminals already installed throughout the State, IGT will deploy new GameTouch 28 machines, enabling dynamic user experiences that will further engage Mississippi Lottery players and provide increased flexibility. IGT’s Sales Wizard is the industry-leading sales force automation tool that will offer the Lottery’s sales teams with timely, comprehensive reports providing insights on sales, instant ticket inventory, instant ticket facings, and point-of-sale equipment and signage.

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Further to IGT’s role as a lottery products and services provider, the Company is aligned with the Mississippi Lottery’s goals of funding educational opportunities throughout the state. As part of its After School Advantage program, IGT plans to open more digital technology labs in Mississippi, in addition to the six labs that IGT has already funded in the State since 2019. IGT will also continue its annual scholarship contribution that benefits students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Mississippi.

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