Kohli earns record $2.7M salary for 2018 IPL campaign

first_imgNEW Delhi, India (AFP) – Batting star Virat Kohli will pick up the Indian Premier League’s largest-ever salary – $2.7 million – in this year’s tournament, with a host of big foreign names including Australian captain Steve Smith also cashing in.Kohli will stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South Africa’s AB de Villiers, who will earn $1.7 million in the cash-rich event started by the Indian cricket board in 2008.The Indian captain’s salary for the eight-team, 20-over tournament spread over two months beats the $2.5 million earned by all-rounder Yuvraj Singh with Delhi in 2015.Delhi Daredevils announced Ricky Ponting as head coach for the 2018 season. The batting legend coached Mumbai Indians to the 2015 title during a two-year stint.Australian batsmen Smith and David Warner were also retained by their teams for $1.9 million each, making them the highest-paid foreign stars.Smith will play for the Rajasthan Royals, returning from a two-year ban over match-fixing, and Warner with Sunrisers Hyderabad.Chennai Super Kings, also returning to IPL after a two-year suspension, have former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni back on board.But Kohli – who recently married Indian Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma – remains the top draw for the extravaganza in April and May.Nicknamed King Kohli, the 29-year-old batsman is already listed among the world’s highest-paid athletes after smashing numerous records in his career.He recently became the first batsman to score six double Test centuries as a captain.Each team was allowed to re-sign up to three of their 2017 squad before the players are subject to bids from other teams in the auctions set for January 27 and 28.Another star performer, Ben Stokes, will be looking to re-enter the IPL fray in the auctions after he was granted a “no objection” certificate by the England and Wales Cricket Board.The England all-rounder, who missed the ongoing Ashes after being suspended for a pub brawl, was signed for a record fee of $2.16M by Rising Pune Supergiants last year.last_img read more


Betgenius – Euro 2020: Adding player markets to BetBuilder will deliver margin gains

first_img Share Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading? June 4, 2020 Submit Highlights and match reports for Sportradar’s Euro 2020 Simulated Reality June 8, 2020 StumbleUpon In part two of Betgenius’ Euro 2020 optimisation series , James McKiernan, Commercial Director for Europe, explains why same-game multiples will once again be a hugely popular product and how operators can set their offering apart…_____________Same-game accumulators and request-a-bet (RAB) products were one of the biggest success stories of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Allowing punters to bet more creatively and with greater freedom of choice, we witnessed it consistently drive around 25% margin across Europe, Africa and LatAm markets.The idea of betting on combinations without any restrictions, however quirky, unlikely and outlandish they might seem, resonated with recreational punters and it has continued to do so ever since. The product is a dream for marketers and traders alike. In its H1 2019 results, William Hill revealed its ‘YourOdds’ offering made up a quarter of its tournament gross win.Two years on from the World Cup, RAB-style products – automated or otherwise – have become a fixture in most online sportsbooks. But remaining at the front of this type of betting as the next major tournament approaches mean sportsbooks must breathe new life into the product and align with trends in fan engagement.Tapping into Player Performance                            To that end, the growth in popularity of player performance markets so far this Premier League season is an exciting development.Player stats have been central to how fans understand football for a long time. By pricing these markets, tier-one brands now enable their customers to apply their forensic football knowledge in ways that have previously never been possible.When punters see that Wilfried Ndidi topped the Premier League tackle charts in the 2017/18 and 18/19 seasons – and ranks third so far this season – for example, they can back a directly related outcome such as Ndidi to surpass his tackles total or to receive a yellow card.Promoting the impact of star players within matches at Euro 2020, like Kylian Mbappe to have five shots, Marco Reus to score and Raphael Varane to complete 60 passes when Germany and France meet at the Allianz Arena on 16 June, is tailor-made for the modern football fan.Alongside Sportcast, we’ve added more than 20 player performance markets to BetBuilder, using the latest AI and machine learning methodology in our pricing to ensure all market combinations are possible and profitable.Social ClimberLike fantasy sports, betting on the performance of individual players adds to the live viewing experience. With an interest in tackles, passes and shots, fans count them as they happen –  even when they don’t impact the match result. Equally, just like the 24/7 content proliferated by Twitter and Instagram, player performance betting incentivises fans to closely follow their favourite football stars as individuals.By running social media marketing campaigns involving market-types and multiples linked to the trending and most-talked about players this summer, sportsbooks have a great chance of tapping into the tournament narrative and driving retention rates.If Cristiano Ronaldo starts in scintillating style with goals in his opening two group games for instance, the ability to create and drive a storyline on his performance versus France will convert far more effectively than more traditional pre-match markets. This has been a key piece of advice we’ve given both our BetBuilder and Genius Sports Media’s digital marketing partners ahead of the Euros.At the 2018 World Cup, BetVictor’s hugely popular Million Pound Bet competition enjoyed the lucrative benefits of social media marketing, with punters sharing and comparing their unique bet slips on Twitter all tournament-long. It took a 17,042/1 long-shot when Uruguay faced Portugal in the last 16 to scoop top-prize in this instance. But by adding player performance markets to same-game-multiples and leveraging the social buzz, the chance of pre-match success at Euro 2020 will be far more likely._______________James McKiernan – Commercial Director Europe – Betgenius Related Articles Share Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020last_img read more


ATAS accreditations cancelled with immediate effect

first_imgATAS accreditations cancelled with immediate effectATAS accreditations cancelled with immediate effectToday, and in the last month, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has taken further action to cancel the ATAS travel accredited status of a number of ATAS participants for failing to renew or demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.AFTA take this opportunity to remind ATAS Participants that the Eligibility Criteria of the ATAS Charter and the obligations under the ATAS Code of Conduct must be adhered to and demonstrated at all times.The cancellations are:WizTrips (ABN: 32166071790)Evolution Luxury Travel (ABN: 29085838053)Champion Travel & Tours (ABN: 60264035076)TravelPlus (ABN: 15945301094)Getaway Travel & Cruise (ABN: 23928129367)Lorraine’s House of Travel (ABN:  48003296286)ATAS Participants whose accreditation has been cancelled must immediately take steps to remove any logo or reference to AFTA or ATAS from their website, business cards, any ancillary internet or social media sites you may use (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) any printed material used to promote your business like brochures, flyers or newsletters and any other in store promotional materials used like certificates, stickers or window decals. Cancelled Participants are no longer eligible for the AFTA Chargeback Scheme (ACS).A notice has been posted to this effect on the AFTA website pursuant to s6.2 of the ATAS Charter.Source = Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)last_img read more