Australian Online Gambling Critics Demanding Change

Published Friday, February 08, 2013 -

The next best thing to sports is sports betting which has its ups and down in a normal and honest world but when you add a corrupt player or team or official to the mix all bets should be off. Those in the know realize that drugs and match fixing are everywhere in this age of opportunism and greed. The Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald recently reported on the latest scathing report released by the Australian Crime Commission which just investigated the integrity of organized sports in Down Under. The government is now under fire suggesting it is dragging its feet in the release of the final report for the reform of online gambling laws.

The Australian government has made some reforms in regard to the use of video poker machines with certain restrictions now in place but have not yet dealt with the internet wagering issue. The Australian Crime Commission is saying there is a link between betting on sports and drug enhanced performances. This is extremely disappointing for the poor punter who expects a level playing field and some honesty in the games. Australians punted $26 billion on racing and sports, last year according to Tabcorp. Only about $4 billion of that total was bet on sports, a 3 per cent increase over last year.

Fairfax Media surveyed the Australian Football League, National Rugby League, cricket, rugby union and other football organizations what the financial contribution was from gambling service operators in product sales and fees as well as sponsorships. The NRL alone said it received more than $2 million in product fees and sponsorship money last year.

Other sports organizations did not reveal sponsorship funding numbers although it is estimated the contributions are in the millions. The available methods for sports betting are numerous and with mobile and in play betting the odds are even greater that the connection between organized crime drugs and match fixing will be there.

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