Andy Brown and Steve Menary

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV. Steve is a regular contributor on sport and business to World Soccer magazine, the BBC World Service and playthegame.org. He has lectured on sport at the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, Southampton Solent University, the University of Winchester and the University of East London. Author of six books on sport, including Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot (Know The Score 2007, second edition Pitch 2012), GB United? British Olympic football and the end of the amateur dream (Pitch 2010) and A Friendly Business? (CIES 2019). Long-listed for the best column award in the 2015 Sport Media Pearl Awards and shortlisted for the 2008 National Sporting Club football book of the year award. Coordinator of the Erasmus+ programme Combating Match Fixing in Club Football Non-Competitive Matches.

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10/06/2022

Ghost chasing: 1xBet, sport’s elusive gambling sponsor

As reported by Josimar, 1xBet has recently been declared bankrupt for failing to reimburse customers. However, despite being subject to regulatory action in three jurisdictions, the gambling operator is still accepting bets today. It also remains a major sponsor of sport, retaining deals with FC Barcelona, the Confederation of...

Features 10/06/2022

SportsModule – a vanishing act*

A company collecting and selling live data from low level sports to betting companies has vanished. SportsModule, which was only founded in 2020, disappeared after the Bulgarian-based company’s investors pulled out. SportsModule claimed to have a network of 1,500 data scouts attending sports in over 100 countries to collect and...

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