May 29, 2013

Could football survive without the gambling industry?

While sports betting is increasingly controversial, outlawing its advertising and sponsorship could have dire consequences for some football clubs. Is the NRL now as addicted to gambling as the punters?

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Footy is increasingly addicted to gambling. Can it afford to kick the habit?

In the case of rugby league, perhaps not. Sports betting agencies now have their logos plastered over a number of NRL clubs — something New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell along with anti-gambling advocates would ban if they got their way. The loss of a major sponsor can cripple a franchise.

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6 thoughts on “Could football survive without the gambling industry?

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Professional football teams could start by cutting the exorbitant sums they pay their players and cut their support staff.

  2. zut alors

    Ditto to Gavin Moodie’s comment.

    With less cash to splash around perhaps players may gain better perspective and get into less trouble off the field.

  3. Mark from Melbourne

    The myth that continues to be peddled by almost everyone in this debate is that the clubs need this revenue and hence need to replace it if it gets turned off.

    Horse patooties! The clubs and fans managed just fine before all this cash came along, they just looked a bit different.

    Same as the endless pursuit of growth in the broader economy, there is no evidence that such growth is essential. We all adapt to changing circumstances and life goes on…

  4. Ken Dally

    The NRL have brought this situation upon themselves, paying players ludicrous amounts of money and generally over extending their budgets. Gambling money, as it always does brings criminal activity, match fixing, drug abuse due to the pressure to perform and the lure of big money. The heads of virtual all other sporting bodies are appalled at the direction league has taken and are in favour of a complete ban on gambling on sport, not just advertising.

    Personally I have no sympathy nor time for league and it’s woes, it ceased to be a sport years ago.

  5. AR

    shurley the question should be, “can gambling survive without sport?”.

  6. westral

    The NFL in the USA has no gambling sponsorship of teams nor do they have gambling ads during the telecasts.

    Gambling involvement is the precursor to match fixing as the Indian and Pakistani cricket shows only too well

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