Spanish Gov’t: No Plans for “Absolute Prohibition” of Gambling Advertising

Spanish Finance Minister María Jesús Montero announced that the government would soon release specific details on its announced online gambling advertising restrictions.

Montero also claimed that the government had no plans to impose an “absolute prohibition of publicity” like the kind recently imposed in Italy, as gambling is “a legal activity regulated by the government.”

However, gambling advertising would be restricted to “environments where it does not harm consumption.”

Specifically, this would mean that gambling advertising would be banned from airing during periods in which minors would be likely to be watching or listening and during live sports events. Role models, i.e., celebrities and star athletes, would also be barred from participating in gambling marketing.

Earlier, the current minority PSOE government and opposition party Podemos struck a budget deal stating that gambling operators in Spain could soon face severe advertising restrictions “similar to those placed on tobacco.”


US Major Sports Leagues Could Earn $4.2 Bn Annually from Legal Sports Betting

Annual revenues for Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) may increase by $1.1 billion and $585 million, respectively, due to widely available, legal, regulated sports betting, according to a new Nielsen Sports study commissioned by the American Gaming Association (AGA).

Earlier, the AGA released studies showing that annual revenues for the National Football League (NFL) could increase by $2.3 billion annually, while National Hockey League (NHL) annual revenue could increase by $216 million.


Upcoming Events

The following events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.

  • Join EGR Global’s Breakfast Briefingon “Changing the culture around gambling – consumer and industry behaviours” on 2 November in London.
  • The 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place 7-8 November, in Madrid, is your single stop to stay informed of the increasingly attractive opportunities offered by the booming Spanish online gaming market. Click hereto register.
  • On 14 November, trade association VAN Kansspelen will hold its annual members’ meeting. The members’ meeting will be followed by a product presentation, showcasing the latest innovations in land-based gaming products.
  • Clarion Gaming has launched ICE Sports Betting USA, a two-day event to be held in New York on 27 and 28 November, 2018.


Poll: 10% of Dutch Consumers Have Participated in Online Gambling

10% of Dutch consumers have wagered money online in the last five years, according to a recent poll commissioned by Dutch news program EenVandaag.

A plurality of respondents (39%) wrongly believe that online gambling is already legal, while 38% correctly answered that online gambling is currently illegal. 22% don’t know.

“I have been betting on sports for years, all the while not knowing it was illegal,” one respondent said. “It is obvious that some gambling firms [Staatsloterij, Postcode Loterij, Toto] operate legally, as their advertising is everywhere. That makes it quite confusing,” another respondent added.

Nevertheless, only 34% of respondents are at present in favor of legalizing online gambling, 43% are opposed, while 23% don’t know.


Other News

Jörgen Raymann hosted a radio show on online gambling, featuring gaming lawyer Justin Franssen, responsible gaming expert Pieter Remmers, and Feite Hofman, board member of problem gambling self help organization AGOG.


Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, also discussed the benefits of online gambling regulation on BNR Nieuwsradio.


Holland Casino is looking to hire a Marketing & Sales Specialist.


A recent survey has cast doubt on the effectiveness of Italy’s gambling advertising ban.


Portugal has scrapped plans to impose a new online gambling flat tax of 25% of GGR.


An Austrian court has ordered Novomatic to pay out €2.5m in compensation to a gambling addict that spent more than €2m on slot games over a ten-year period.


Swedish regulator Lotteriinspektionen has appointed Katarina Abrahamsson as its first match-fixing coordinator.


Although Sweden’s domestic gambling companies still have a dominant share of local residents’ registered accounts, they are rapidly losing market share to international gambling sites.


Bet365 has ramped up its marketing spend by 26% in Sweden over the last year in preparation for the upcoming re-regulation of the market.


Spanish gambling regulator DGOJ has launched a mobile app to make it easier for people struggling with gambling addiction to self-exclude from betting services in the country.


LeoVegas has left Italian trade body LOGiCO after a disagreement over how to challenge the country’s blackout ban on gambling advertising.


GVC Holdings saw a 28% growth in net gaming revenue (NGR) during Q3 2018, including a 31% increase in sports brands NGR.


Stockholm-listed online gambling group Betsson AB reported robust growth in its Q3 trading update.


Rank Group saw its share price tumble as digital gains failed to prevent an overall decline in group revenue.


Cherry has said it will turn its attention to new acquisition targets after agreeing a deal to purchase the remaining 5% of shares in Game Lounge Sweden, taking full ownership of the affiliate company.


The UK Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed complaints against two LeoVegas subsidiaries.