“Long-Term Financial Health of Dutch Sports at Risk”

“Sports associations will have to adapt to changing market conditions,” NOC*NSF, the overall coordinating Dutch sports organization recently warned. Yet, NOC*NSF itself is insisting on adhering to a model of sports funding that is based on the (declining) revenues of a single lottery.

On Monday, the general meeting of the NOC*NSF approved the organization’s proposal to exclude all gaming operators, other than the recently merged Staatsloterij/De Lotto combination, from sponsoring sports associations.

Ad Maatjens, co-founder of Sponsorreport, commented on this decision by wondering what would happen if other sponsors of NOC*NSF, which include a bank, a health insurer and an accountancy firm, would demand a similar degree of exclusivity. It is certainly doubtful whether this would be in the best interests of Dutch sports.

The Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU), a member association of NOC*NSF, reacted even more forcefully: “If NOC*NSF insists on following the demands of a company that seeks to exclude competitors, then the KNWU does not want to be represented by it.”

Earlier, Chairman Ruud Vreeman of the Dutch Ice Hockey Association (NIJB) also openly expressed his displeasure with the decision by NOC*NSF. “We reserve the right to look for our own betting sponsor as we simply do not receive sufficient funding from NOC*NSF to properly develop our sport,” Vreeman said. Two years ago, the Dutch IJshockey Association signed a sponsorship deal with land-based operator Jack’s Casino.

Not coincidentally, both Maatjens and the KNWU proposed a wholly different model of funding Dutch sports. “This entire discussion illustrates that the current method of funding sports through a single lottery and betting operator is outdated,” Maatjens said. Both he and the KNWU agree that sports funding should be provided through direct government subsidies rather than the revenues of a single, (mostly) state-owned lottery and gaming operator.

Naturally, the hot topic of sports funding will be discussed in greater depth at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference, which will be held on June 7-8, 2016, in Amsterdam. Don’t miss it: register now!


Netherlands Gaming Authority Wants Gambling Apps to be Removed from Dutch App Stores

Dutch-language app stores are to remove dozens of real-money gaming apps, according to the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

In recent years, there has been a shift in popularity from iGaming websites to apps for mobile devices, Martijn van de Koolwijk of the Gaming Authority said. “We want to make clear that such apps are currently illegal.”

If the apps are not removed, the Gaming Authority is able to impose fines.

Players who make use of these apps are advised to withdraw their deposits, as these may be lost if the apps are blocked.


Emerce: “Comparison Websites May Soon Be Obligated to Reveal Sales Commission”

Dutch eCommerce publication Emerce reports that German and EU authorities are looking into stricter regulation for comparison websites.

In the future, websites may have to indicate which part of their content is paid advertising and whether sales commissions are being collected.

Will similar rules be applied to affiliate websites?


France Online Sports Betting Market Posts 47% Y-o-Y Growth in Q1

“French online sports betting stakes reached €516m in Q1, growing 47% year-on-year and marking the highest turnover in a quarter since the market opened up in 2010,” EGR Magazine reports.

Figures released by regulator ARJEL show that sports betting remains the principal contributor to the online market. Over half of online sports bets were made using mobile devices.

Horse racing, however, continued to suffer, with stakes falling 7% year-on-year to €247m. Online poker revenues were up 2% – the first upward movement since 2011.


EUROMAT Gaming Summit to Take Place May 26, 2016 in Barcelona

At this year’s edition, regulators, including Peter Naessens of the Belgian Gaming Commission and Harrie Temmink, Deputy Head of the Public Interest Services Unit at DG Internal Market, will take center stage.

Check out the conference program here.


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