Sportech Racing and Digital Secures New Contract with Tote Ireland

Sportech Racing and Digital announces that, following a competitive bidding process, it has been awarded a new contract with Tote Ireland to strengthen and expand the suite of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services utilized by the twenty-six horse racing tracks in the Republic of Ireland.

Sportech has been the technology and service provider to Tote Ireland since 1999, with operations and support provided from one of Sportech’s key operational centers located in Athlone, Ireland. The new contract has an initial term of five years plus five one-year options.
Under the new contract, Sportech will provide an upgrade to Tote Ireland’s Quantum™ System – the world’s most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting system – to deliver even more features and functionality to Irish punters. Sportech will continue to provide hosting and enhanced system operations from its Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Center in the USA. Sportech will also continue to provide the daily maintenance, operations, and support of the tote equipment installed at Tote Ireland’s racetracks under a logistics, service, and maintenance agreement.

Tim Higgins, CEO of Tote Ireland, commented, “Tote Ireland have a long and productive business relationship with Sportech and with their Ireland-based team. We look forward to enhancing the services offered to our players and to achieving further operational efficiencies in both on-site logistics and system operations.”

Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing and Digital, stated: “It is very gratifying to know that after many years our partnership with Tote Ireland remains robust and fruitful and that our technologies and services continue to be embraced by Tote Ireland as the way forward in an ever-increasingly competitive marketplace.”

Departing Director Statement – Rich Roberts

The following information is provided in accordance with Section 430(2B) of the Companies Act 2006.

Rich Roberts’ resignation from the Sportech PLC Board was accepted on 14 July 2016.

He was subject to a twelve month contractual notice period and will receive a payment in lieu of such notice period. He will continue to work with the Company until 1 September 2016 for no additional remuneration in order to ensure a successful handover of his duties.

He will be eligible for a pro-rated bonus in respect of the 2016 financial year, dependent upon meeting certain performance criteria, payable at the same time as performance bonuses for 2016 are paid to active employees.

Long-term incentive awards granted in 2014 and 2015 will, to the extent the relevant performance criteria has been met and pro-rated for the proportion of the performance period served, vest at the normal vesting date. No award was granted in 2016.

Save as set out above, no payments for loss of office have been made to Rich Roberts.

Full details of the remuneration payments made to Rich will be set out in the 2016 Directors’ Remuneration Report.

Bump 50:50 Announces its First MLB Contract with San Diego Padres

Bump 50:50 announced that it has been selected to provide the technologies and services to conduct 50/50 charitable raffles by the Padres Foundation.

The Padres Foundation is Bump’s first contract with an MLB team-affiliated charity, however Bump has helped generate amazing 50/50 raffle results at baseball events before. Earlier this spring, Bump technology generated a two-game jackpot of $290,000 – a Quebec and MLB 50/50 raffle record – for the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, which hosted exhibition games featuring the Toronto Blue Jays.

The proven Bump 50:50 package includes point-of-sale software and hardware, a triple-redundant central system for real-time raffle processing, and services that include monitoring and immediate support. In addition, The Padres Foundation staff will benefit from Bump’s proven implementation and operations package, which has helped drive the success of 50/50 raffle programs for customers throughout North America.

Dan Tanenbaum, President of Bump 50:50, stated, “We are thrilled to welcome our first Major League Baseball team charity to Bump 50:50. The $290,000 two-game jackpot result at the Montreal MLB exhibition demonstrates just how effective the Bump 50:50 technology and support package can be and we’re excited to put them to work in San Diego to help support the charitable mission of the Padres.”

Departing Director Statement

The following information is provided in accordance with Section 430(2B) of the Companies Act 2006.

As previously announced, Peter Williams resigned as a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 17 May2016.

The Company confirms that Peter Williams received pro-rated Board, Audit and Remuneration Committee fees up to and including 17 May 2016 at the rates set out in the Company’s 2015 Annual Report & Accounts. No other remuneration payment will be made by the Company to Peter after he ceased to be a Non-Executive Director of the Company, nor will any payment for loss of office be made.

Sportech announces terminal sales in Latin America and Europe

Sportech Racing // Digital, announces that it has entered into agreements for the sale of new betting terminal technology to key customers in South America and Europe.

Sportech will provide the new BetJet® SL 2.5 self-service betting terminal to Club Hípico de Santiago and Valparaiso Sporting Club in Chile. These Chilean thoroughbred racetracks are long-standing Sportech customers, with Quantum™ System pari-mutuel betting software and a digital platform for Internet betting. The BetJet® SL 2.5 will offer Chile’s customers convenient self-service betting with cash, accounts, and vouchers, and will feature the intuitive ClearBet user interface, which has helped Sportech deliver some of the best self-service results in the industry.

In Spain, Sportech will provide new WAVE™ betting terminals to Hipodromo de la Zarzuela to replace the racetrack’s legacy terminals. The update is part of a global renovation plan at the Madrid thoroughbred racetrack, timed to coincide with its 75th anniversary celebration. The new terminals compliment other renovations that have modernized the racetrack facility, sparking public interest and attracting new fans of horse racing and outdoor entertainment. This technology update also follows last year’s migration of racetrack tote operations to Sportech’s Quantum Data Center Europe, with its wide range of state-of-the-art services.

Complimenting the new terminals will be a new and exclusive feature designed in collaboration with Hipodromo de la Zarzuela that will enable the use of one-day paperless vouchers. Racetrack customers will now be able to use their own smartphones or tablets to bet at the racetrack without the need to carry paper tickets or queue at teller windows. Sportech is a leader in producing patented mobile betting technologies that facilitate a move away from paper tickets, as exemplified by this new digital voucher feature, as well as by the company’s Digital Link™ mobile betting app.

Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing // Digital, stated: “These sales speak not only to Sportech’s strengthening global presence, but also to the quality of our betting technologies. The adoption in particular of self-service betting, and tools like the paperless voucher, are perfectly consistent with Sportech’s goal of helping our customers move toward a paperless betting experience using the players’ own mobile devices to ultimately make betting more convenient and efficient.”

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 Enters the Texas Charitable Raffle Market

Bump 50:50, a division of Sportech Racing // Digital, announced that they have been selected by the foundations associated with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and the Dallas Stars of the NHL to provide the technologies and services to conduct 50/50 charitable in-game raffles.

The Dallas Mavericks Foundation and the Dallas Stars Foundation are the first Sportech Bump 50:50 customers from the state of Texas, where legislation recently permitted charitable 50/50 raffles on professional sporting events.

Bump 50:50 will deliver point-of-sale software, hardware, a triple-redundant central system for real-time raffle processing, and support services that include monitoring and immediate support.

The Bump 50:50 team will also provide a suite of services to assist with the marketing program design and coordination, sales team training, reporting, and data analytics – that has helped other Bump 50:50 customers shatter fundraising records.

The 50/50 raffles will be held at all Mavericks and Stars home games held at American Airlines Center in Dallas, offering fans easy and convenient ways to participate through roaming ticket sales staff as well as through kiosks. Real time jackpot updates will be displayed via mobile devices, kiosk locations, and in-arena digital assets.

Floyd Jahner, President of the Dallas Mavericks Foundation and COO of the Mavericks commented, “We have a big opportunity to offer our fans a fun and easy way to participate in the mission of our Foundation, by supporting women and children in need in DFW through charitable giving. We are confident that the 50/50 raffle and the Bump 50:50 team can help us achieve our goals by raising funds and spreading awareness for the Dallas Mavericks Foundation.”

Jason Farris, Dallas Stars Foundation President and Dallas Stars COO, commented, “We’re excited to work with the Bump 50:50 team for the launch of our new charitable in-game raffle. Empowering professional sports teams’ non-profit foundations to raise money at their respective home games will have a significant impact on local communities. With the new avenue to receive donations through charitable raffle ticket purchases, we will be able to better support our current initiatives and create new ones that will benefit children across North Texas.”

Dan Tanenbaum, President of Bump 50:50, stated, “We are thrilled to welcome The Dallas Stars Foundation and Dallas Mavericks Foundation to the Bump 50:50 team. We look forward to bringing the excitement of 50/50 raffles to the fans of the Stars and the Mavericks and to helping them share in the joy of supporting the teams’ charitable initiatives.”

Royal Sabah Turf Club select Sportech Racing // Digital

Sportech Racing // Digital, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Royal Sabah Turf Club of Malaysia to provide a new central betting system and associated technologies for its Tambalang Racecourse and off course betting centers.

Sportech will provide the Royal Sabah Turf Club with a new central pari-mutuel betting system and 300 WAVE® teller-terminals.

Royal Sabah Turf Club stated, “The adoption of new betting technologies from Sportech is key to the Royal Sabah Turf Club’s strategy, including offering new betting opportunities to our players, expanding the distribution of the Turf Club’s racing to off track sites, and delivering fast, accurate customer service at the point of sale. We look forward to a productive and beneficial business relationship with Sportech.”

Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing // Digital said, “We are happy to welcome the Royal Sabah Turf Club to Sportech’s growing list of customers, and are very pleased to announce this expansion of Sportech’s global market presence into Malaysia. We expect that our technologies will elevate the overall player experience in Malaysia, and help Royal Sabah Turf Club expand the distribution of their betting products.”

Sports Network Limited select Sportech Racing // Digital

Sportech Racing // Digital, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Sports Network Limited to provide a new central betting system and terminals in Vietnam for the eventual deployment to the racetracks in Vung Tau, Madagui, and Xuan Thanh.

Sportech will provide a new central pari-mutuel betting system, on-going maintenance and support, and TIM 30 agent-operated betting terminals.

Aston Gooi Khee Leng, Business Development Director of Sports Network Limited, commented, “We are impressed with Sportech’s broad range of betting technology solutions. These technologies will provide our racetracks with simplified tote betting operations, allow us to offer players an enhanced level of customer service and information at the point-of-sale, and assist in our efforts to expand distribution of our betting products to new off-track betting locations in Vietnam.”

Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing // Digital said, “We are very pleased to welcome the Sports Network Limited to the Sportech team and look forward to helping them achieve their goals for high quality tote technologies, simplified back office operations, and enhanced customer service for racing fans in Vietnam.

This news, closely following Sportech’s announcement of a contract award by the Royal Sabah Turf Club in Malaysia, provides further evidence that Sportech Racing // Digital is making meaningful and substantial advancement into the Asian marketplace for tote betting technologies.”

Global Gaming Solutions Selects Sportech Racing//Digital

Sportech Racing//Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Chickasaw Nation’s Global Gaming Solutions LLC to be the new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services to Remington Park racetrack and associated OTBs in Oklahoma, and Lone Star Park racetrack in Texas.

Sportech will provide comprehensive pari-mutuel betting services, built on the foundation of the world-class Quantum™ System software, and managed and operated from the state-of-the-art Quantum™ Data Center.

Patrons of Lone Star and Remington will also enjoy a significant upgrade in the betting technologies available to them, including Sportech’s new BetJet SL 2.5, the Sportech Tablet for wireless account betting, and the Digital Link™ app for convenient mobile betting while on-track. Digital Link™ offers the patented digital voucher feature, which allows the player to conveniently, anonymously, and securely store and retrieve tickets and vouchers on their own mobile device.

Scott Wells, President and General Manager of Remington Park and Lone Star Park commented, “Global Gaming Solutions has invested millions over the last few years to improve our racetrack facilities, we look forward to now offering our guests new technologies that will significantly enhance their betting experience at Lone Star Park and Remington Park.”

Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing // Digital said, “We are pleased to welcome Global Gaming to the Sportech family. This award is a yet another endorsement of Sportech’s world-class technologies and services. Remington and Lone Star join a list of operators all over the world that use our Quantum™ System, from Betfred Totepool to the Jockey Club del Peru, and one hundred customers in-between. Digital Link™ mobile will help Remington and Lone Star usher in a new era of convenient, feature-rich mobile betting, and – last but not least – our proactive services will assure that their players get the betting experience they deserve.”

Penn National Gaming selects Sportech Racing//Digital

Sportech Racing//Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by an affiliate of Penn National Gaming, Inc. (“PNG”) to deliver new internet and mobile solutions for pari-mutuel betting. Sportech will provide the G4 framework for Internet betting, and the Digital Link™ app for mobile betting, along with a package of associated services that includes call center betting, customer care, and tech support.

Sportech is the exclusive provider of pari-mutuel betting services to Penn National Gaming’s twelve racetracks and four off-track betting locations located in nine different jurisdictions. Sportech has also provided PNG’s eBetUSA betting website since the service first launched sixteen years ago.

The new G4 and Digital Link™ platforms will leverage the power of Sportech’s Quantum™ System software and BetJet betting terminals to offer players the convenience of using a single account and single digital wallet across all betting channels. This means that players can use their PNG account over the Internet, with the Digital Link™ mobile app, over the phone with a call center operator, or with a betting terminal located at one of PNG’s 16 brick-and-mortar locations based on the laws and regulations of each jurisdiction.

Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing // Digital said, “We are very pleased to expand our business relationship with Penn National Gaming, the largest owner and operator of racetrack and associated betting facilities in the United States. The G4 and Digital Link™ platforms, backed by robust CRM tools, and patented features like digital voucher, will deliver convenience and an enhanced betting experience to PNG players all over the country.”

Chris McErlean, Vice President Racing for Penn National Gaming, commented, “We sought to offer our current and future players a satisfying and immersive betting experience, with accounts and interfaces that move seamlessly between brick-and-mortar and digital. The new G4 website and Digital Link™ mobile, in concert with the land-based services Sportech already provides, will deliver this to our players.”