Turkish football chairman at top bid 4 bettatg firm Iddaa: mediaReuters #Top_BidFebruary 18, 2019
ANKARA (Reuters) – The top bid to operate Iddaa, Turkey’s only legal sports betting company, has come from a venture including the conglomerate of Turkish Football Federation Chairman Yildirim Demiroren, broadcaster NTV reported on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: Turkish Football Federation (TFF) President Yildirim Demiroren holds a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 23, 2017.
The Sans Girisim venture comprising the chairman’s Demiroren Holding and U.S. company Scientific Games offered a 0.2 percent revenue-sharing deal, down its previous bid of 2.1 percent, NTV and other Turkish media said.
A rival bid by Inteltek – a venture between Turkish mobile phone operator Turkcell and its subsidiary Intralot – offered 0.5 percent.
Inteltek won the rights to operate Iddaa in 2008 for 10 years with a 1.4 percent commission.
Demiroren’s participation in the tender drew criticism from Turkey’s main opposition.
Demiroren should have resigned from his post as TFF chairman ahead of the tender in order to avoid unfair bidding conditions, said Mithat Fabian Sozmen, a columnist for Turkish newspaper Evrensel.
Sozmen said it was wrong for someone chosen to represent Turkish football to get involved in the business side of the sector.
Inteltek was the only bidder in an initial tender held in November.
Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Jason Neely