Industry group head tells British lawmakers ‘no evidence’ of link between sports advertising and problem gambling

Industry group head tells British lawmakers ‘no evidence’ of link between sports advertising and problem gambling

Article brief provided by The Independent
  • Josie Clarke, The Independent
July 11, 2023 8:37 PM

The main lobby group for the UK betting industry has told MPs that there is no evidence to support a link between sports advertising and problem gambling.

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Betting and Gaming Council chief executive Michael Dugher told the Culture, Media and Sport Committee that he supported the Government’s “evidence-led” approach to the recently-released gambling White Paper.

He said the industry welcomed the White Paper “very, very strongly”, not least for measures including enhanced spending checks and a new ombudsman.

Asked by committee member John Nicolson if there should be a complete ban on advertising in sports grounds that made gambling attractive to children, Mr Dugher replied: “If the objective is to reduce harm, to tackle problem gambling, it would be a sensible thing to do if there was any evidence of a link between advertising and sports sponsorship and problem gambling.”