BILLIARD WORLD NEWS UK Gambling ad ban could kill sports like Snooker or Darts 3 months ago Szarlot Post Views: 414 The UK’s proposed gambling reforms pose an existential threat to certain sports, the government has been warned. A likely ban on gambling advertising around sporting events represented the greatest crisis to idiosyncratically British pro sports like snooker and darts since the prohibition of tobacco advertising, industry leaders said. It would also impact soccer, boxing, and rugby league. Meanwhile, proposed “affordability checks” for gamblers who lose more than $100 in a month would hit horse racing by $100 million per year. One racing industry figure said this week that the threat of affordability checks was more worrying for the industry than the financial impact of COVID-19. Tightening Controls The government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) began its long-awaited review of the country’s gambling laws on December 8, 15 years after the last major shakeup. The 2005 Gambling Act liberalized much of the market and relaxed restrictions around gambling advertising on television. But campaigners believe the 2005 legislation went too far, and have called for tighter regulatory controls to combat problem gambling. The nation’s betting industry is experiencing a backlash from the public and the media, and lawmakers say they want to ensure rules are “fit for the digital age.” Sources have told several media outlets that there is a real appetite in the DCMS to ban gambling advertising and sponsorship in sports. Half of English Premier League teams and 16 out of the 24 second-tier Championship teams had betting companies as shirt sponsors last season. Many feel it has reached a saturation point, and that it normalizes gambling to children. How Betting Saved Snooker But Barry Hearn, founder and chairman of Matchroom Sports, which promotes boxing, snooker, and darts, told The Daily Telegraph today that a blanket ad ban would be “a disaster for every layer of sport (sic).” Hearn knows only too well the damage the sudden cessation of sponsorship money can wreak on a sport. In 2005, the ban on tobacco sponsorship drained the prize money out of snooker, making the game uneconomical for its players. The crisis was brief. By 2007, the sport had been saved by newly legalized gambling sponsorship. Meanwhile, a ban on logos on soccer jersey sponsorships would likely hurt smaller teams the most. That at a time when the pandemic has already exerted immense financial pressure on the lower leagues. “This comes at the worst possible time for football clubs and sports clubs generally, who are struggling with their revenue base during the pandemic. Most clubs agree with the general principle. But the timing is wrong.” – an EPL source told The Times. It is thought that the implementation of any such move would be delayed by several years to give teams the opportunity to seek alternative sponsorship deals. Source: casino.org SzarlotI am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: darts, snooker, UK Continue Reading Previous Evoplay Entertainment signs igaming deal with EveryMatrixNext ICE London, iGB Affiliate London postponed to February 2022 More Stories CASINO WORLD NEWS GREENTUBE wins major tender to supply Luxembourg National Lottery 4 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pronet Gaming pens TENLOT deal 5 days ago Samuel ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pronet Gaming Shortlisted at EGR B2B Awards 2021! 6 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Playtech signs deal to work with Dutch state-owned Holland Casino 1 week ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Wazdan shortlisted for three categories at prestigious EGR B2B Awards 2021 1 week ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS TVBET is in shortlisted at EGR B2B Awards 2021 in 4 nominations 1 week ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES WORLD NEWS Pronet Gaming is ready to make its horse racing debut with BetMakers TG 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski CASINO WORLD NEWS Wisconsin casino shooting leaves 3 dead, including suspect 2 weeks ago Szarlot WORLD NEWS UEFA investigates Ibrahimovic over betting company ties 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pragmatic Play welcomes a new live casino title: Dragon Tiger 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski WORLD NEWS Hold the Jackpot with Wazdan’s new hit Sun of Fortune 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pronet Gaming Q1 highlights 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.