GOAL.COM GETS MOBILE FANTASY PRODUCT
Fantasy iTeam, a fantasy football mobile app, is providing football information site Goal.com with a mobile fantasy product that includes a new, unique European Super League format.
Goal.com reaches millions of global soccer fans every month, and in addition to the European Super League, it will also host English Premier League and Champions League fantasy competitions.
The European Super League is the first fantasy football format where users can pick players from five major European leagues the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga in the same team.
The app is free to download and mobile users can challenge their friends and win prizes. It includes a live and interactive newsfeed and instant scores and squad news.
Phil Shaw, commercial director, Fantasy iTeam, said: The European Super League is a completely new, unique concept in fantasy football and weve designed it to open the app up to a global audience rather than just a UK-centric one.
Goal.com is the perfect partner for this as it has one of the biggest football audiences in the world.
Ben Warn, CEO for New Ventures, Perform Group, added: Were looking forward to putting the app into the hands of fantasy gamers new and old amongst our millions of fans right around the globe.
The app is available as a free download on iPhone, Android, iPad and Facebook.
NEW AMERICAN GAMING ASSOCIATION CHIEF SPEAKS ON INTERNET GAMBLING
The new 38-year-old chief executive of the American Gaming Association, Geoff Freeman, appears to have come to the job with an open mind on internet gambling, telling the Associated Press news agency Thursday that he will seek consensus on the often controversial issue, which includes the question of support for federal or state-by-state legalisation (see previous InfoPowa reports).
The Association's membership includes most of the large land gambling groups in the United States, and these have traditionally held differing views on what should be legalised - if at all - and how it should be achieved.
The Association has in recent years taken the position that only online poker should be legalised, and that should be through federal rather than individual state initiatives.
However, repeated federal attempts at online poker legalisation have failed, spurring individual states to go ahead with intrastate measures.
Were going to have to determine if the industry can get on the same page, Freeman said Thursday, noting that achieving some sort of consensus would be one of his priorities.
Casinos no longer are just about gambling, and its lobbyists must also understand the travel and hospitality industries, the former travel industry executive said.
Gaming is really taking on a broader image, and thats the image of entertainment. It includes restaurants, shows, hospitality and lodging, and gaming, Freeman explained.
A graduate of the University of California, Freeman worked for the health insurance lobby and the conservative Heritage Foundation earlier in his career.
He will remain based in Washington but will spend time meeting with casino executives around the country.
Im going to be ears open to just about anything that anyone has to say, he said.