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Live Betting Odds During Sports to be Banned in Australia

Posted at 10:45 2013-05-29 by Matthew Pitt

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has revealed the Government is planning to place a ban on all live betting odds during sporting events.

Speaking to a press conference, Ms Gillard said, “From the moment that the players step onto the field, to the moment that they leave the field, there will be no live odds. This is good news for families, because families I think have become increasingly frustrated about the penetration of live odds into sporting coverage.”

Under the new rules, gambling related advertisements will be banned from being shown during any sporting event, although they would be allowed to be shown before or after the game, or during a scheduled break in play.

Dave Smith (Image: Canberra Times)
Dave Smith (Image: Canberra Times)

Also to be banned are the promotion of betting odds by bookmakers who appear to be part of broadcast teams. In the past, the National Rugby League has granted permission to bookmakers to give odds during broadcasts. Despite this, National Rugby League chief executive, Dave Smith, welcomed the new proposals.

“The overwhelming sentiment is that we do not want to see betting as the primary focus of our game. Fans, particularly young fans, should not be subject to excessive promotion of betting during matched. We want young kids to be enjoying the skills of their favourite team, not quoting the odds.”

According to the government, there are up to 500,000 Australians who are at risk of becoming or already are problem gamblers. The banning of live betting odds during sporting events is the latest in a long line of steps being taken to help reduce the number of problem gamblers in the country.

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