Anti-gambling group The Big Step has urged the EPL to vote to ban gambling ads. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Concerns about current plans
The Big Step, an anti-gambling campaign targeting football teams, published a letter from more than 100 people affected by gambling damages ahead of September’s English Premier League vote to ban gambling ads.
relying on clubs to regulate themselves has not worked so far”
The letter boldly states that “relying on self-regulation clubs has not worked so far,” among other concerns. It also highlights the issues with betting ads, referring to one match showing 700 ads.
The group clarified that it is not “trying to completely end the relationship between gambling and football (soccer)”, but believes that “it should not be promoted, especially in a globally adored competition where young people make up a quarter of the audience. ”
Future of advertising in the EPL
The September deadline for the EPL came in response to changes in the political climate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned from office, prompting a slew of other politicians to leave office, leaving the future of gambling in limbo.
An upcoming whitepaper should help chart the course for gaming in the UK, though that too isn’t expected until September.
the government agreed to let the league oversee its resolution
Regulating gambling advertisements has been a prominent theme for several years now. The government agreed to let the league oversee its resolution, assuming it could squeeze the necessary 14 pro-ban votes from the 20 teams, which is why the letter says the league relies on “self-regulation.” “.
The letter also expressed despondency at the delay of the White Paper, which holds the keys to many heated debates.
Responses from teams
Despite the supposedly imminent ban, recently-promoted side Fulham has just agreed to a club-record sponsorship with betting company W88. That deal almost certainly rules out one of the required 14 votes. A historic but fledgling club, Everton, also recently agreed to a huge deal with online crypto-based casino Stake.com – one vote away.
In contrast, Crystal Palace rejected their deal with W88, their title sponsor last season, in May.
EPL teams reportedly agree to ban, but with conditions
EPL teams reportedly agree to a ban, but with conditions, including a three-year transition period. If this is true, teams like Fulham would be within their rights to monetize in the present and switch sponsors in the future.
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