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Gambling firms agree 'whistle-to-whistle' television sport advertising ban -


  • Britain's biggest gambling companies have voluntarily agreed to a "whistle-to-whistle" television advertising ban.

    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which includes Bet365, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power, has struck a deal to stop adverts during live sports broadcasts.

    It follows political pressure about the amount of betting advertising on TV.

    More than 90 minutes of adverts were shown during the football World Cup and anti-gambling campaigners say sport's use of adverts "normalises" betting.

    There are also fears it contributes to the rise in the amount of problem gamblers - with a Gambling Commission report suggesting 430,000 Britons can be described as such - and helps fuel under-age gambling.

    The deal follows extensive talks between firms - also including SkyBet, Betfred, Betfair, Stan James, Gala Coral and William Hill - to ensure no adverts will be broadcast for a defined period before and after a game is broadcast.

    The proposal is similar to those made by the Labour party and, importantly, will include any game that starts prior to the 9pm watershed but ends after that time.

    The RGA has previously said it was "very mindful of public concerns".

    Horse racing will be exempt from the restrictions - given the commercial importance of gambling on its viability - but all other sports will be included.

    However, it is the impact on football where the ban will be felt the most, especially given the financial value of the sport to both the gambling companies and broadcasters.

    Nearly 60% of clubs in England's top two divisions have gambling companies as shirt sponsors.

    Final ratification is needed from the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) before the ban comes into force.

    It is understood that there will be a meeting next week to rubber stamp the proposals. The intention will be to introduce the ban for the start of the 2019-20 season.

    On Thursday, the RGA said: "The Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising is reviewed annually, and several options are currently being considered as the basis for possible enhancements in 2019.

    "However, nothing has yet been finalised."

    Tom Watson MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said he was "delighted" by the move as the number of adverts during live sports had "clearly reached crisis levels".

    He added: "There was clear public support for these restrictions and I'm glad that the Remote Gambling Association has taken its responsibilities seriously and listened."

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright MP, said it was a "welcome move".

    "Gambling firms banning advertising on TV during live sport is a welcome move and I am pleased that the sector is stepping up and responding to public concerns," he said.

    "It is vital children and vulnerable people are protected from the threat of gambling related harm. Companies must be socially responsible."

    Sarah Hanratty, chief executive of the Senet Group - the industry's responsible gambling body, funded by the four largest UK gambling companies - said: "It has been clear for some time now that the volume and density of advertising and sponsorship messaging from gambling companies around live sport has become unsustainable.

    "This is a welcome move from the leading industry operators who are taking the initiative to respond to public concern."
  • Oh balls didnt see that.

    Now I am gonna have a closed thread.

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