Canadian senator backs bill to put some reins on sports-betting advertising

Canadian senator backs bill to put some reins on sports-betting advertising

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  • Stephen Brun, CBC News
May 13, 2024 8:40 PM

A senator from Prince Edward Island is throwing his support behind a bill that would require Ottawa to regulate sports-betting ads.

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Percy Downe says the companies behind single-sport gambling sites and mobile apps should face restrictions on promotions similar to the ones in place for the alcohol and tobacco industries.

“[For] most people watching these ads, they’re simply annoying. But for a number of people, they trigger addiction,” Downe told Island Morning host Mitch Cormier.

“My particular concern is the impact on young people. These ads [feature] a lot of sports heroes, a lot of celebrities. Young people may be aspiring for that lifestyle, thinking, ‘Oh, I can make some easy money.'”