Prime Minister concerned about wagering promotion

May 27, 2013 5:36 PM

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is concerned about what she characterizes as “excessive” promotion of wagering during sports broadcasts and has taken action to reduce it.

Of particular concern, she said, was the promotion of live betting odds that were “increasing” in prominence during the games.

Under her proposal, live odds would be banned, as well as televised reports by gambling representatives on or near the field. Gambling advertising would also be relegated to designated television commercial periods.

The National Rugby League, whose televised matches were said to be among the worst offenders, said it agreed with the plan.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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