EPL drawing a line on gambling… Eliminate ‘gambling sites’ from uniforms
The Times reported on the 30th (Korean time) that English Premier League clubs will agree to ban ‘betting site’ advertisements on the front of their jerseys.
According to reports, a proposal to ban betting site sponsorship on the front of the jersey but allow it on the sleeve is included in the agenda of the highest shareholder meeting on the 31st. The Times predicted that “clubs are likely to support the move to avoid government legislation banning gambling advertising entirely.” While legislation on gambling is due in the government next month, ministers have signaled that if a voluntary agreement is reached, it will not include restrictions on sponsoring uniforms.
As of this season, there are 8 Premier League teams whose uniform main sponsors are betting sites, including Newcastle United and West Ham United. Among them, Newcastle United and Fulham are ending their sponsorship contracts with betting sites at the end of this season. The Big 6, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, are not sponsored by betting sites.토토사이트
“In general, betting sites are the most profitable sponsorship partners,” a club source told The Times. “Newly promoted clubs get their hands on it the fastest.” One club said, “If the sponsorship of the betting site is cut off, income will be cut from £5 million to £10 million per season.”
Tony Bloom, chairman of Brighton of Albion, who has succeeded in the sports betting business, rather welcomes the move.
When the possibility of banning betting site advertisements on the front of jerseys was raised last year, he said: “Personally, because kids buy jerseys, it’s very important that they recognize that they learn about gambling by seeing gambling advertisements on jerseys. I don’t think it’s good to have gambling sponsorships, but I also understand that for some clubs, especially those at the bottom of the league with low income, turning them down is a difficult decision because the betting companies pay the best sponsor fees. I’m concerned because it’s the most noticeable.”