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With sports betting now allowed in the US subject to the laws of each state, the National Basketball Association has gone international by picking a gambling partner abroad.
The league signed its first-ever multi-year European gambling partnership deal with Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) on Tuesday.
However, the French deal proves the tremendous financial success the league has achieved since the US Supreme Court ruling which officially made it possible for each state to provide regulatory framework for sports betting.
The NBA Vice President of Global Partnerships, Vandana Balachandar, said they were excited to be partnering with a market leader in sports betting in France.
“This collaboration will result in the best possible gaming and entertainment experience for consumers through the use of accurate, official, real-time NBA data, and demonstrates our collective efforts to maintain the integrity of our games,” he said.
The deal allows among other things the FDJ to use official league data, create best practices to protect the integrity of NBA games and promote branding on digital and land-based platforms.
Head of Gaming Operations for FDJ, Richard Courtois, said the deal was a huge win for sports bettors in France.
“Partnering with the NBA, the most prestigious basketball league in the world will allow ParionsSport to get even closer to the action and offer a more refined gaming experience for gamers enabling us to reach yet more fans,” he said.
Promotion and branding of the league will be done via FDJ’s gaming brand, ParionsSport across 27,000 retail locations in France.
THE Kindred Group has announced that its flagship sports betting brand Unibet will sponsor a top-flight French football team from Ligue 1.
Kindred, according to France-market representative Mathieu Drida, is now “the official online betting partner of Paris Saint-Germain” (PSG).
Drida also stated that “Unibet intends to increase its reputation throughout Europe and offer its players exclusive content, closer to the game.”
Clearly, Kindred’s decision to partner with PSG is a move on the French market. The Red and Blues, as they are affectionately known by, have never known relegation from Ligue 1. As mainstays in the top tier and as representatives of the French capital of Paris, Unibet will be positioned to make a major impression on millions of football fans.
What Drida meant by offering “exclusive content, closer to the game” isn’t clear. However betting sites commonly offer their players (ie. those that bet at the site) opportunities to watch sports via live streaming. His comments may have to do with future improvements to this service.
The press release also ambiguously mentioned “exclusive ‘Money can’t buy’ experiences.’
The Parc des Princes is the venue that PSG plays in, a venue that has a capacity of almost 48,000. It will come as no surprise that Unibet will have increased “exposure” inside the venue on LED advertising areas, a move that PSG’s sponsoring director, Marc Amstrong, seemed to like.
“We are delighted to welcome Unibet to the Paris Saint-Germain family,” he said.
“We both share the same spirit of conquest, a passion for football and a strong desire to impose our brand in very competitive markets.”
The Caparica Primavera Surf Fest launched today in good three-to-four foot waves to run a total of 52 heats of both the men’s QS and Junior competitions. Surfers took on the rippable rights of Caparica on two different banks for most of the day.
The festival brings together surfers from different generations and is a unique occasion for the juniors to enter a QS as well, gauging their performance level against older, stronger, more experienced competitors.
The juniors had a first taste of the Qualifying Series world, surfing up to four heats in a day. Their endurance was also tested as some of the surfers fought the cold water and hot sun all-day in between heats.
It was the ideal conditions to catch up with the four semi finalists of the Junior Pro Espinho, which finished yesterday a few hours up the coast near Oporto.
Justin Becret (FRA) had no trouble adapting to the new spot and new crowd coming from Espinho, winning both his heats in the QS today, and building momentum to post an impressive 13.77 win over long-time competitors Roberto D’Amico (ITA) and Julen Egiguren (EUK).
“It’s definitely been a busy week and we’re starting another, but I’m trying my best to rest in between heats and we train a lot so the fatigue isn’t too bad,” Becret said. “I really have no pressure in the QS because my main focus is still on the juniors for now, so I surf maybe a little more freely and apparently it works out. I’m stoked about the waves, this peak was great with a really good right.”
Lenni Jensen (DEU) had a slightly closer affair in his Round Two matchup, but eventually placed second to Edouard Delpero (FRA) and kept his QS run alive. The German-born surfer, who learnt to surf and was raised in the Canary Islands, burst on the map with his equal third in Espinho yesterday and will have the difficult task to now surf with a target on his back, as a potential qualifier for the World Juniors under the European banner.
“I’m just trying to hold on to that good rhythm I have coming in from Espinho,” Jensen said. “I can’t believe how good the waves are, so I’m just trying to be patient and wait for the bombs. I’ve made a couple of mistakes in that last heat but I’m learning, I’m trying to surf smart when I have the priority. Everyone here just wants to win their heat, so Juniors or QS I don’t really see a difference in our approach.”
The reigning European Junior champion Kauli Vaast (PYF) just made the final in Espinho and started his season with a runner-up, exactly the same way he finished last season in Sopela to claim his first regional title.
His heat today was an easier one with three surfers under-18, but he was still judged on the same scale as everyone else. The Tahitian brought his under-the-lip backside vertical attack in the punchy rights and posted two 7+ waves, and finally an 8.07 to take an easy win and ticket into Round Three.
“It was hard last week just coming from Tahiti and adapting to the really cold water and we had hard waves too,” Vaast said. “But I’m super happy with that second place in Espinho and happy to start with a win here. I’ve had to wait around all day cause I was in the very last heat so I tried to stay focused and only had a little free surf in the morning to warm up to the conditions today.”
Conditions became extremely difficult for the judges late this afternoon as the infamous Portuguese glare made it virtually impossible to recognize colors in the lineup, even forcing a re-surf of one heat of the juniors event.
Unfortunately Mathis Crozon (FRA), the winner in Espinho yesterday, was scheduled to surf in Heat 5 when the call was made to hold off and reschedule that heat for tomorrow morning. Crozon will feel the pressure as most his opponents in the current European Junior title race opened their campaign with strong performances today.
Surfers and organizers will reconvene at 7:30AM Tuesday for an early start of the QS in expected great conditions again.
The Caparica Primavera Surf Fest is scheduled from March 26-31, 2018 at Praia do Paraiso, Costa da Caparica – Portugal.
Chris Froome’s third general classification title seems a mere formality now as Tour de France 2016 winds through the Alps towards the closing stages.
The best odds online for France to win, Cristiano Ronaldo to score and Griezmann to bag a hat-trick in the 2016 European Championship final this Sunday.