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Thread: Can The U.S. 'Compete' With The UK In It's 1st Year Of Sports Betting Leglaization?

  1. #1 Can The U.S. 'Compete' With The UK In It's 1st Year Of Sports Betting Leglaization? 
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    Is gambling legal? Yes.

    Year legal gambling was established: 1961. Within six months of the law change, it is estimated 10,000 betting shops opened up.

    Which sports are eligible? All sports.Betting parlors or online? Both.

    Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes.

    Any restrictions?
    None. Betting can take place in stadiums -- most major sports venues have gambling partners who operate booths and/or roaming bet cashiers throughout the stadium.

    How much money is gambled each year? Gross Gambling Yield in the UK between April 2016 and March 2017 was 13.8bn ($18.7 billion), according to the industry regulator, the Gambling Commission. That is equivalent to 208.50 ($282.73) for every man, woman and child in the country.


    What issues have resulted from sports gambling in the UK? The Pakistan "spot-fixing" trial involving the captain, Salman Butt, and the bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir was probably the biggest case in recent years, with each receiving custodial sentences. That arose from an undercover reporter's sting on the players and their agent. In 2009, a pan-European police inquiry found 200 matches, including 12 in the UEFA Europa League competition and three in the UEFA Champions League, to have been manipulated after players, coaches and match officials were bribed. Also in 2009, the Football Association banned and fined four players at Football League clubs for their alleged involvement in a fixed match.

    What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in the UK?
    The Premier League is arguably the most widely viewed season-long domestic sports competition in the world and its commercial success is in part down to its attractiveness to sports betting. But on the governance side, the UK's long history of sports betting does mean it has been able to institute lots of good-practice measures. The 2005 Gambling Act forces bookmakers to share information of corrupt activity with sports authorities. Sports corruption is also a criminal offence under that act and the 2006 Fraud Act. Given the financial rewards, though, there will always be a strong incentive for match fixers to keep trying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hache Man View Post


    Year legal gambling was established: 1961. Within six months of the law change, it is estimated 10,000 betting shops opened up.



    Wow....Don't think we will come anywhere close to that!
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