Sunday 10. April, 2016

Greens Party Pushes to Ban Sports Betting Ads

Australia’s Greens Party has announced their plan to introduce legislation that will ban all advertisements on sports betting, in the same way as the country introduced a complete ban on tobacco advertising in 1992.

Australian Greens leader and gambling spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale announced their proposal on Friday.

“The Greens have a bill to stop the promotion of sports betting, in the same way tobacco advertising was banned in 1992,” Senator Di Natale stated. “Nobody is saying people shouldn’t have the freedom to have a punt if they want, but watching a game of footy shouldn’t be like walking into a casino.”

“Sports betting ads still dominate sport with one in six ads aired during the first round of the AFL for sports bettings. It’s time to take the promotion of gambling out of sport and to stop normalising gambling for our kids.”

In 2013, Australia banned the promotion of live odds on air during the broadcast of sporting events. The Greens would now like to see tighter restrictions in place. This would include a ban on betting firms sponsoring sporting teams with the display of their logos on player jerseys.

“Sports betting, like tobacco, is an adult product; it can and does cause a great deal of harm,” continued Di Natale. “It’s time bookmakers accepted that. Let’s get their ads off our screens and out of our stadiums, and let’s get back to enjoying sport again.”

However, Ian Fletcher, CEO of the Australian Wagering Council countered that sports betting accounts for just 3 percent of Australians’ total spending on gambling and that a complete ban of sports betting advertising would have “detrimental commercial impacts on the racing, sporting and media industries.” He added that this is a complex issue that cannot be so easily solved.


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