EFL, Premier League, FA, and WSL Adopt Code of Conduct Regarding Gambling Sponsorships

EFL, Premier League, FA, and WSL Adopt Code of Conduct Regarding Gambling Sponsorships

The English Football League has pledged that it, along with the Premier League, the Football Association (FA), and the Women’s Super League (WSL), will follow a new code of conduct that pertains to the way gambling sponsorships will be handled in British football. This news follows AFC Bournemouth’s announcement that betting company BJ88 will be its front-of-shirt partner during the two upcoming Premier League seasons, something that sparked a new wave of complaints about the numerous Premier League club deals involving betting and casino operators. Some Principles Aim to Address…

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GambleAware In the Clear Following Closure of Charity Commission Investigation, BGC Members’ Donations Toward Gambling Harm Prevention Surpassed £170 Million

GambleAware In the Clear Following Closure of Charity Commission Investigation, BGC Members’ Donations Toward Gambling Harm Prevention Surpassed £170 Million

In May, the Charity Commission launched an investigation into GambleAware after the Good Law Project raised concerns regarding GambleAware’s alleged failure to take an unbiased approach toward gambling treatment and prevention. The Charity Commission did not find any incriminating factors during this probe, and as announced by GambleAware on Monday, the case is now closed. Meanwhile, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) celebrated its members’ generous contributions toward the services that aim to curb gambling harm in the UK. The Good Law Project is a non-profit organisation that assisted advocate…

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Robbie Waterhouse to Wait Until November for Verdict Regarding Gambling Inducement Accusations

Robbie Waterhouse to Wait Until November for Verdict Regarding Gambling Inducement Accusations

In 2022, Australian bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse, husband of horse trainer Gai Waterhouse, was accused of offering gambling inducements to a RobWaterhouse.com client who had requested for their betting account to be closed for good. This led to a legal battle that would, as was made clear during a hearing held on Monday, last around two years. As reported by The Daily Mail, magistrate Gemma Slack-Smith will reveal the verdict later this year, on November 15th. If found guilty, Mr Waterhouse will be penalised for having breached New South Wales’ gambling…

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Gambling Reform Advocates Raise Concerns Regarding Potential Delay of Statutory Levy, Dominic Matteo Speaks About His Struggles with Gambling Addiction

Gambling Reform Advocates Raise Concerns Regarding Potential Delay of Statutory Levy, Dominic Matteo Speaks About His Struggles with Gambling Addiction

Supporters of the reforms included in the previous government’s gambling white paper sent an open letter to Prime Minister Keir Starmer in which they spoke out against a possible delay in the implementation of the policy paper’s statutory levy. As reported by the Guardian, these concerns were prompted after Labour neglected to include the levy in the King’s Speech, which was held on July 17th. If enacted, the levy would contribute an estimated £100 million to services surrounding research, prevention, and treatment of gambling harm annually. According to signatories, the…

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Leicester City Fan Speaks Out Against Betting Sponsorships in Football As Gambling Website Faces Regulatory Issues Over Misleading Ad

Leicester City Fan Speaks Out Against Betting Sponsorships in Football As Gambling Website Faces Regulatory Issues Over Misleading Ad

When speaking with street newspaper the Big Issue, Leicester City fan David Bevan criticised the prevalence of betting advertising in football and expressed disappointment in Leicester City’s own betting sponsorship for the upcoming Premier League season. Meanwhile, a bookmaker got in trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for an ad that lacked transparency. David Bevan is the co-founder of the Fosse Way website, which contains a wealth of information about the history of Leicester City, as well as regular updates and news regarding club activities. Bevan is also an…

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Alexa Roseblade Appointed as GamCare’s New Chief of Staff, Concerns Raised Over Possible Uptake in Problem Gambling Following European Championships

Alexa Roseblade Appointed as GamCare’s New Chief of Staff, Concerns Raised Over Possible Uptake in Problem Gambling Following European Championships

July 17th saw an announcement by GamCare that Alexa Roseblade will serve as the charity organisation’s new Chief of Staff. This news was followed by GamCare’s Matt Burgiss encouraging those who might be facing gambling harm difficulties after the end of the European football championship to reach out. Roseblade has served as manager of the Children and Young People’s Team for the past four years, with GamCare putting an emphasis on her role in the success of the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme (YPGHPP). According to GamCare, the YPGHPP…

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Independent Regulatory Commission Fines Ipswich Town’s Kit Manager Over Betting Misconduct

Independent Regulatory Commission Fines Ipswich Town’s Kit Manager Over Betting Misconduct

As announced by the Football Association, James Pullen, a kitman working for Ipswich Town, was handed a fine after an independent regulatory commission found him guilty of wagering on professional football games. Pullen’s actions warranted such a penalty since, according to his own admission, he had placed over 860 bets on football matches, and this gambling activity had been ongoing from March 2018 until March 2024. The total money staked stood at £1,400, and most individual wagers were quite small. In a detailed breakdown of each instance of misconduct, it…

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BIT Encourages Regulators to Mandate Inclusion of Odds Information in Gambling Ads

BIT Encourages Regulators to Mandate Inclusion of Odds Information in Gambling Ads

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has recommended that regulators make it mandatory for gambling operators to include odds information in their gambling advertisements. This suggestion is based on an experiment which revealed that player trust is marginally increased when consumers are presented with odds, particularly ones that are shown in a format that is clear and straightforward. The team further noted that such ads would aid clients in “making more informed decisions,” seeing as it found that individuals with gambling experience are more likely to both notice the odds and…

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Complications Surrounding Carded Play Upgrades Result in Shut Down of All Gaming Machines in Star Entertainment’s Casinos

Complications Surrounding Carded Play Upgrades Result in Shut Down of All Gaming Machines in Star Entertainment’s Casinos

The Star Entertainment Group (The Star) announced on Monday that electronic gaming equipment in all casinos belonging to the gambling giant has been shut down since July 13th and will remain inoperative until further notice. According to The Star, the problem has to do with performance issues that emerged after the implementation of upgrades meant to facilitate cashless gaming. Carded play, as cashless gaming is often referred to, is a new harm-minimisation measure introduced by the gambling regulators of New South Wales and Victoria. This new technology makes it so…

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Isle of Man Gambling Regulator’s CEO to Retire by the End of 2024, Stephanie Peacock Announced as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in UK’s DCMS

Isle of Man Gambling Regulator’s CEO to Retire by the End of 2024, Stephanie Peacock Announced as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in UK’s DCMS

In a statement issued on July 11th, Steve Brennan announced that as of late 2024, he will no longer serve as the chief executive officer of the Isle of Man’s Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC). During Mr Brennan’s time as CEO, the GSC has undergone a range of changes and has enforced its rules in order to make the gambling sector of the British Crown Dependency a safer and better-regulated industry. Last month saw the GSC’s announcement that action is being taken to update the National Risk Assessment (NRA) for the…

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