Gambling

Lewes to warn about gambling dangers

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Back to that survey about football firms not doing enough on gambling.

BBC Sport is reporting that Lewes will become the first side in the professional and semi-professional set-up to wear shirts warning about the dangers of gambling.

The seventh-tier club is to promote the Gambling With Lives charity on their shirt until October.

This season 27 of the 44 teams in the Premier League and Championship have betting firms on their shirts.

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Football clubs not doing enough on gambling

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A survey for the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) & GambleAware of more than 1,200 supporters found that only 10% of fans believe their clubs are doing enough to encourage safe betting and educating supporters about the risks of gambling.

Some 88% of fans believe that with more opportunities to bet on football, it is easier than ever to get drawn into making impulsive bets

And 13% of respondents agreed that they are (or would be) happy for their club to be sponsored by a gambling company.

Supporters were also "particularly critical" of betting companies sponsoring individual players, such as 32Red’s sponsorship of Wayne Rooney wearing the number 32 shirt at Derby County with 84% of respondents felt that this goes too far and they should think twice about such partnerships.

The survey is intended to makr the launch of a partnership between Bet Regret – the safer gambling campaign by charity GambleAware – and the FSA to help promote safer gambling in football.

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A group of MPs is calling for a ban on the sale of loot boxes to children and is demanding that big gaming companies do more to protect players - particularly children - from the dangers of what they say is gambling in games.

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'Robust measures' for gamers

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Wake Up To Money

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport committee (DCMS) has published a report on loot boxes, which appear in some games as packs of virtual objects players can buy using real money.

It has led to concerns that it could act as a gateway to gambling for young people.

One teenager told Radio 5 Live that you pay for item you don't know what the item is but "saying it encourages gambling exaggerates" the situation. He says someone he knows spent £400.

One gamer told the committee they spent up to £1,000 a year on EA's Fifa football game for a chance to get better players.

Jo Twist, chief executive of the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, told Wake Up to Money: "We already have robust measures in place for people to switch off in game purchase of any kind and to control screen time".

There were also robust age ratings but the industry would review the recommendations.

"We don't dispute that a minority of people find balance in life is sometimes challenging.."

"The games industry is a really important part of the creative economy and as we face a cliff edge when it comes to Brexit it's really important that we keep our eyes focused".

William Hill boss to leave

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William Hill, which is closing about 700 betting shops after the government's decision in April to reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to £2, is getting a new chief executive.

Philip Bowcock, who said this has been an "intense period with the industry" is being replaced by Ulrik Bengtsson, who joined in April 2018 as chief digital officer.

Roger Devlin, chairman of William Hill, said: "I would like to thank Philip for his important contribution to William Hill over the last four years, both as CFO and for three years as CEO."

He said the new chief executive will "provide continuity, stability and operational digital leadership".