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Feb 18, 2013

Essential: ban all sports betting, says a public fed up with drugs

Dire warnings on drugs in sport have been taken up by the public, with Essential Research finding high levels of concerns about drugs (and betting) in sports. But fans won't necessarily be turning off their TVs ...

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

It seems that betting baron Tom Waterhouse is not a crowd favourite. The latest Essential Research poll has found more than half those surveyed want to ban all betting on sports in the wake of allegations about widespread drug use and possible match-fixing.

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  1. drsmithy

    52% of respondents want the ban _all_ sports betting !? Did they do the poll in a church ?

    Personally I struggle to see an argument as to how or why drug use should impact gambling. In the Real World, drugs only enhance existing abilities and take time to be effective. They aren’t like Roger Ramjet’s Proton Pills.

    (Match-fixing is another matter, however.)

  2. Bill Hilliger

    Its only sport. Rigged and drugged for advantage in respect to betting purposes or not, its still only sport. I watch it and enjoy. I do not bet on sports so I can’t lose in respect of rigged and tampered games or player behaviours. Do I worry? Not a bit. I just enjoy the sport.

  3. seriously?

    The supposed “link” between drug taking and sports betting leading to match fixing has come out of nowhere in the drugs debate. A real piece of media-inspired hyperbole. They – the media – will end up cutting off their own noses here by at the very least having politicians ending up banning sports betting to look like they are “doing something”, but achieving nothing except even less ad revenue. BTW- I don’t like Tom Waterhouse.

  4. Bill Hilliger

    @ seriously Sport betting advertising was to be banned in the media = less income from advertising. The media should be careful about what is exposed in the match fixing and drug debate in sport including the links to sports betting.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    CATHY ALEXANDER: I know you’re about to burst into tears, so brace yourself.

    The whole drugs in sport is a rip-off. There ain’t no such animal. From whom did I garner this priceless piece of information? I can hear you asking. From none other than that distinguished journalist of The Hun, Andrew Bolt.

  6. Venise Alstergren

    CATHY ALEXANDER: I know you’re about to burst into tears, so brace yourself.

    The whole drugs in sport is a rip-off. There ain’t no such animal. From whom did I garner this priceless piece of information? I can hear you asking. From none other than that distinguished journalist of The Hun, Andrew Bölt.

  7. klewso

    Venise? You mean it’s all “a Labor/Lefty/socialist/commie conspiracy/beat-up”, like “climate change”?

    [As for “banning sports betting” – want a bet that will ever happen (while they pay taxes, and ruin lives anyway)?]

  8. Venise Alstergren

    KLEWSO: Absolutely! Possibly un-Australian as well?

  9. klewso

    You mean as prescribed in a “Blot beat-off”?

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