bet365 and LeoVegas triumphed in the main operator categories at last night’s SBC Awards 2020, as 41 companies were honoured for achievements in the sports betting and gaming sector.

For a seventh consecutive year, bet365 won the Sportsbook of the Year trophy, having already retained the Best Affiliate Program prize earlier in the evening. 

Parimatch’s Sergey Portnov and BetGames.TV’s Aiste Garneviciene, were named Leaders of the Year, while their companies collected awards for Employer of the Year and Live Casino Supplier respectively. 

French line umpire David Rocher has been banned from officiating by the Tennis Integrity Unit for betting on 11 matches between January and October 2019, and for failing to cooperate with the investigation.

The umpire admitted to betting on the 11 matches but denied not cooperating with the TIU. However, Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC, who oversaw the case, ruled that Mr Rocher did not fully cooperate. 

The umpire was subsequently sanctioned for 18 months (with four of those suspended), in addition to six months for the betting offences. 

Sportradar Group CEO Carsten Koerl will be supported by three regional CEOs following a company reorganisation that takes effect from 1 January 2021. 

Sportradar expects the new structure to offer more flexibility to support future growth, while enabling the business to operate in closer proximity to its end markets.

The three new regional CEOs will be Arne Rees for North America, Werner Becher for the UK, EMEA and LatAm regions, and Eduard Blonk for Asia Pacific,. 

That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow for your next SBC News 90.

SBC News 90: Top gongs for bet365 and LeoVegas