EGBA – Black market looms on Spain if government proceeds with its advertising blackout

first_img Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has responded after the Spanish government radically altered its Royal Decree on Advertising mandate by adding further marketing and sports sponsorship restrictions on licensed incumbents.Last week, a European Commission filing revealed that the Spanish government had drafted a series of new amendments to its approved Royal Decree on Advertising, banning betting sponsorships across all professional sports leagues.Further amendments saw Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry recommend that complete withdrawal of welcome bonuses as an online gambling customer incentive.The EGBA has warned the Spanish government not to proceed with adopting a ‘near blanket ban on gambling advertising’, in which media owners and sports clubs will only be allowed to display betting advertising between 1:00-5:00 am.The Brussels based industry body states that the government’s inbound restrictions will simply increase black market engagements, with which Spain ‘already has a problem’ – pointing to +400 illegal websites banned by the DGOJ this year.Fighting against black market actors, the EGBA warns the Spanish government that its advertising restrictions will close a vital channel in steering to consumers to licensed tax-generating operators.Maarten Haijer, EGBA Secretary-General, said: “The near-absolute advertising ban proposed in Spain will deprive Spanish players of any information where they can play in a safe and secure environment. This is highly counterproductive and we urge the Spanish authorities to reconsider the proposals, and focus instead on strict regulation of the contents of advertising.”Of further note, the EGBA highlights wider impacts on Spanish football as proposals are expected to negatively impact 41 of 42 La Liga football clubs ‘which are currently reeling from the financial fallout of COVID-19, costing them up to €80 million in lost advertising revenues’.The EGBA advises the Spanish government and its related agencies to consider advertising standards and models which have been EU-validated as a safer form of policy governing betting advertising.“This is highly counterproductive and we urge the Spanish authorities to reconsider the proposals, and focus instead on strict regulation of the contents of advertising,” added Haijer.“We fully agree that advertising should be responsible, both in terms of content and design, and that is why we recently published a code of conduct on responsible advertising.“The code offers practical ways in which gambling advertising can be conducted in a socially responsible way and as a conduit for informing citizens about important consumer protection measures, such as age restrictions and safer gambling tools.“Finally, exempting state-involved lotteries, which account for two thirds of Spain’s gambling market, from the restrictions is unjustified, protectionist and discriminatory.” Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

CUMI looks to rake in $4 million from 10 and 5K Run/Walk

first_imgWestern Bureau:   Approximately 800 participants are expected to turn out for the eighth staging of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) – Come Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk, set for the grounds of the Tryall Club in Hanover on September 24. The disclosure was made at yesterday’s press launch at the Deja All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay, where the organisers also noted their intention to raise approximately $4 million from the event to help shore-up the CUMI Trust Fund that supports the rehabilitation of the mentally ill in and around St. James. “We made a significant amount last year to the tune of about $4 million and we intend to match that amount this year,” said Nurse Joy Crooks, CUMI’s chief administrator. The 25-year-old organisation is solely dependent on community outreach in gaining traction in its efforts to help the homeless and those mentally challenged on the streets of Montego Bay. The run/walk is CUMI’s main fund raising event, with each succeeding year bringing in more participation. However, due to logistics, the organisers have capped this year’s race at 800 entrants. Sponsors of this year’s event include the Tryall Club, Wysinco, Sandals Foundation, Fontana Pharmacy, the Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, Hi-Lo Food Stores with the Ministry of Health as title sponsors. It’s the first time in the eight years of the event that the Ministry of Health is being made the title sponsor, a very good development, according to nurse Crooks. “We are delighted to have the Ministry of Health playing the title sponsor role, as it lends itself to the belief that what we are trying to accomplish through the CUMI Come Run is being taken seriously by the government,” said Nurse Crooks. Running Events, led by Alfred “Franno” Francis will provide time management for the event. “The event will be chip-timed using our MyLaps BibTag Timing System, with a clock at the finish,” Francis explained, adding the system is well regarded across the world at top class race meets. Award Categories include 5K Run – first, second and third (Male & Female), 5K Walk – Novelty Prizes10K Run – first, second and third (Male & Female). There will also be an award for the largest corporate team.last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of Oct. 16

first_img Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 07.00 PM Rocky Horror Picture ShowLido Theatre Fundraiser Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Below is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John.  The list has been provided by the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 07.30 PM The Ramblers @ JD Fitzgerald’sJD Fitzgerald’s Pub Food , Music Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 07.00 PM Evening of Country & BluegrassNorth Peace Cultural Centre Music , Fundraiser Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 08.00 AM – 04.00 PM Farmer’s MarketNorth Peace Arena Market center_img Sunday, Oct 17, 2010 02.00 PM Huskies vs Grande PrairieNorth Peace Arena Sports & Fitness Friday, Oct 1, 2010 – Saturday, Oct 30, 2010 Spooky Yard Contest– Community Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 07.00 PM New Singers/Songwriters GroupPatch Java Music – Advertisement –last_img read more