Timeline of Murdochs and gambling
2005: Tony Blair deregulates the UK gambling industry after direct lobbying by the Murdoch interests, allowing Sky Betting and Gaming to flourish.
August 2016: News Corp's SunBets joint venture with Tabcorp in the UK goes live.
October 2016: News Corp buys Australian gambling website punter.com.au - see Mumbrella.
April 2018: Canada's The Stars group pays $US4.7 billion for Sky Betting and Gaming which was 20% owned by Sky Plc.
July 2018: Tabcorp terminates Sun Bets JV with News Corp in the UK losing more than $100 million after being forced to pay News a 39.5m pound exit payment.
May 2019: Fox Corp and The Stars Group announced FoxBet JV in the US with Fox subscribing to a $US236m placement in The Stars Group at $US16.44 a share to secure a 5% stake in the company. See announcement.
Nov 2019: Murdochs downplay animal cruelty issues around Melbourne Cup - see Crikey story.
May 5, 2020: Flutter formally takes over The Stars Group issuing 0.2253 Flutter shares for each Stars Group share, leaving Fox Corp with 3.2335 million shares in Flutter.
June 2020: Flutter raises $US1 billion in a placement at $US124 with Lachlan Murdoch quoted saying Fox was increasing its investment in the company.
June 2020: Sportsbet caught up in controversy over Masterchef betting - see this Crikey piece with lots of background on Murdoch gambling investments.
Dec 2020: Fox Corp takes up its 2.6% entitlement in $A1.8 billion placement at $US188 a share to help fund Flutter's $US4.2 billion purchase of an additional 35% stake in FanDuel. See Crikey piece.
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