UK lawmakers call on Premier League and others to reduce volume of gambling ads

UK lawmakers call on Premier League and others to reduce volume of gambling ads

Article brief provided by Reuters
  • Lori Ewing, Reuters
December 20, 2023 7:59 PM

British members of parliament are calling on the Premier League and other governing bodies to reduce the volume of gambling adverts in stadiums, citing a study that found nearly 7,000 visible gambling messages during six league matches.

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The Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on gambling regulation released on Thursday encourages the reduction to minimize children’s exposure to gambling advertising.

It concluded the government should take a more precautionary approach to advertising than what was proposed in the gambling White Paper (policy document).

“While gambling regulation should not overly impinge on the freedom to enjoy what is a problem-free pastime for the majority, more should be done to shield both children and people who have experienced problem gambling from what often seems like a bombardment of advertising branding at football and other sporting events,” committee chair Caroline Dinenage said.