• Bodog Pulls All US Advertising, Moves Global HQ to Antigua

    08 December 2006

    Newspaper

    PRNewswire
    December 5, 2006
    St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

    Bodog.com Entertainment announced today a plan to pull all its U.S.-facing gaming-related advertising, mostly for its free-play and educational site, Bodog.net. The advertising pullback, which is quite extensive, includes television, radio, magazine and newspapers in the U.S. market as the online gaming giant has chosen instead to focus its gaming and educational site advertising efforts on European and Asian markets in a strategic decision based on the entertainment company’s long-term business objectives.

    The digital entertainment powerhouse, which has become as well known for its television production, music distribution and other digital entertainment properties as it has for its world-class gaming enterprise, will continue to advertise its other digital entertainment products,
    including television, music and publishing, in North America and markets around the world.

    Bodog.com Founder Calvin Ayre, citing current uncertainties in the U.S. market, said the recent legislation passed by Congress was a reason behind the decision. “Though the online gaming environment in the U.S. seems to be headed down a path toward eventual regulation, the current climate calls for even more focus of our gaming-related advertising dollars into markets that face Europe and Asia,” says the billionaire founder of
    Bodog.com Entertainment. “We couldn’t be better positioned to build upon our current success and growth and to continue our aggressive push toward international expansion into markets such as Europe and Asia.”

    Bodog.com’s latest move should come as little surprise, as the digital entertainment company has been taking a multi-phased approach to expanding its product channels into international markets for the past several years, with Bodog Music and Bodog Television leading the way.

    Bodog’s international music distribution division, Bodog Music, currently has offices in Berlin, London and other international destinations. Bodog Television shows, including BodogFight and Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker, are being distributed worldwide on cable, satellite, PPV and broadband to countries such as Japan and other regions of the world, including North America and Europe.

    The latest announcement comes on the heels of
    Bodog.com Entertainment completing its relocation of its global head office and gaming operations from Costa Rica to Antigua. This was initiated as soon as
    Bodog.com acquired Betcorp’s international infrastructure in mid-November.
    Bodog.com Entertainment will maintain offices in Costa Rica for some data entry as well as its charity foundation division and some of its television production division, which is working on or already producing four annual reality TV series. This content is distributed to millions of viewers around the world.

    “This is another step aimed toward strengthening our business model,” Ayre says. “This accords our gaming division a license in a safe, reliable and well-regulated jurisdiction and Antigua is also the right jurisdiction from where to run our European expansion.”

    The Calvin Ayre Foundation (CalvinAyreFoundation.com) will remain headquartered in Costa Rica and continue to provide support to disadvantaged locals, while continuing to lead various charitable
    initiatives in Costa Rica, North America and Asia.

    About Bodog.com Entertainment Group

    Bodog.com, with its head office located in the Caribbean nation of Antigua, is licensed in the United Kingdom and Kahnawake, Canada.
    Bodog.com Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre, recognized as a world authority on branding in digital entertainment, was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine’s recent best-selling “Billionaires” issue.
    Bodog.com also has a thriving online community, which includes history-making World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jamie Gold (http://www.bodog.com/poker). Bodog.com Entertainment offers a host of entertainment services, including: online gaming (Bodog.com); an international record label (BodogMusic.com); a
    million-dollar band search competition (BodogBattleoftheBands.com); a publishing division (with an online magazine, BodogNation.com, and blog, BodogBeat.com); an events department renowned for producing parties that are stunning, chic and celebrity-filled; and an international television production division, which produces reality television series, such as BodogFight (BodogFight.com) and Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker (BodogTV.com).

    For more information, contact Media Relations at 1-866-892-3371, or
    pr@bodog.com. BODOG is a registered trademark of Bodog.com Entertainment
    Group.

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