Victoria seeks protection for sub-elite sports integrity

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The Victorian government in South West Australia, is pushing for greater regulation of live sports betting to protect the integrity of its local, community and sub-elite sports.

In Australia it is the central government’s role to regulate gambling services, however the relevant state legislation only makes the distinction between how players access betting platforms – ie via the internet, telephone or retail – and not which types of sports are bet on.

The Victorian government has submitted a request to central government for a national standard for online gambling which would allow the development of integrity standards for the specific protection of local sports.

“We are asking the federal government to develop national standards so we can protect the integrity of local sporting clubs,” Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett said.

The state argues the impact of illegal bookmakers is also economic. Major sports collect a license fee from allowing registered bookmakers to offer markets on their sports but this is not occurring with sub-elite and community sports.

“There is a lack of awareness of integrity risks amongst sub-elite and community-based sport in Victoria,” said the Victorian government.

Victoria’s contention with the status quo is that these sub-elite and community sports benefit less from sports betting than larger leagues, who accrue huge fees from betting licenses, and without which, are more susceptible to corruption.

The submission continued: “Unlike professional sports, sub-elite and community sorts are less likely to benefit from partnerships with authorised wagering service providers, the funding from which enables the sports to fund integrity units and resources to address the risks that come with betting markets.”

 


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