The Gambling Ads are traditionally aired on television when matches are playing. However, the Greens leader, Richard di Natale thinks this is wrong and the government should ban it completely. Di Natale said this after the first weekend of AFL season was marred by a host of Gambling Ads on TV, with the sports betting sites offering Welcome bonuses on the Ads.
Fairfax Media also revealed that out of the many adverts on TV during the first week of the AFL, over 15 percent of these were from the gambling firms. This is despite a larger portion of the 15 percent being credited to the AFL sponsors.
Di Natale went on to say the if the ban went through, this would make it possible for people to sit down as families and watch a footy game without being bombarded with messages to gamble.
Gambling Ads wakes the IGA battle
The Gambling Ads comments by di Natale has also sparked an interest in the long overdue ruling on in-play betting by the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA). The current, yet outdated IGA laws, makes in-play betting an offence.
In-play betting is a bet placed telephonically during and usually before the conclusion of a game/match. The bookmakers have been trying to have the law scrapped while the government is yet to make a final ruling. Other prominent figures want the in-play totally scrapped.
Richard di Natale justified his comment by saying; “Nobody is saying people shouldn’t have the freedom to have a punt if they want but watching a game of footy shouldn’t be like walking into a casino”. Di Natale, the leader of the parliamentary caucus of the Australian Greens, is uncomfortable with the number of Gambling Ads on TV.
The Greens are keen for a complete ban on all Gambling Ads on television. They have also indicated that they plan to have the endorsement of betting sites by the commentators scrapped, this often takes place during the analysis show.