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In a new regular feature we examine some of the more intriguing industry rumours doing the rounds and assess their validity.

The 2014 World Cup has been an undoubted success so far: the most goals scored since 1970, dazzling goals and displays of attacking and counter-attacking football as well as a handful of controversial incidents that are so often par for the course in a tournament of this size. Barring the biting incident, it has been so successful that pundits and punters alike are calling it the best World Cup since the tournament began 84 years ago, writes Andrew Simpson of Income Access.

“The large sportsbook operators have been asleep at the wheel,” was one of the more memorable quotes I heard last week while reviewing the first interviews with new William Hill chief executive James Henderson and Ladbrokes’ latest attempt to draw good cheer from poor to middling financial results.

So megamergers are really all the rage. Following Amaya’s jaw dropping $4.9bn acquisition of PokerStars, we have GTECH’s $6.4bn purchase of IGT and Scientific Games’ $5.1bn acquisition of Bally Technologies to consider.

It is just a matter of days until the World Cup kicks off an incredible festival of sport this summer with Royal Ascot, the US Open, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, and Commonwealth Games to name just a few events. And that’s not even counting the start of the new Premier League season in just two months’ time, writes Income Access affiliate services manager Allan Petrilli.

There is not a lot that competes with the World Cup – especially this World Cup – but boy band One Direction have generated a fever pitch at the W Hotel in Barcelona not seen since Brazil beat Colombia the other night.

The name Federbet swept through the sports world last week after the organisation published allegations of widespread match-fixing in Europe. Its presentation before the European Parliament gave the organisation a degree of credibility, and its headline-grabbing press release was a dream for lazy journalists.