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Neil Mitchell: Time to ease up on betting ads

Posted by: Neil Mitchell | 16 November, 2012 - 10:28 AM
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NEIL MITCHELL: Are you getting sick of the sports betting advertisements?

I think it is time to back off. I reckon you can damn near bet now on how a player is going to wear their socks in the next five minutes of the game.

And the ads are irritating. Some say they are dangerous.

Jeff Kennett wants to ban all advertising of all gaming, even Tattslotto. I think that is silly.

But I reckon it’s time for the industry to indulge in a dose of self-regulation here.

Because if they don’t they are opening the door.

I know that Bill Shorten and Joe Hockey are opposed to the level of advertising as well.

Some of the worst offenders in this won’t talk to me. 

Tom Waterhouse for example. All those advertisements.... not too much accountability.

YOUR SAY: Should the level of betting advertisments in the media be reduced?

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Blog comments Your Say

  • The fact that these companies make money off peoples backs, by providing a service that is addictive to some people should mean they forfeit any right to advertise publicly or be allowed to communicate via social media.

    You should only be able to seek this service.

    It should not be in our face because for some it's handing them a gun.

    Daniel Friday 8 March, 2013 - 2:09 PM
  • I reckon its time to ease up on the funeral ads.

    max Monday 19 November, 2012 - 9:18 PM
  • jeff kennett you"re a hypocrite!fancy saying that they should ban all gambling ads,yet is was you and your goverment that took a huge gamble and sold our electricity grid to overseas companys.and lost......

    garry Friday 16 November, 2012 - 7:40 PM
  • Neil, have you yet lost count of the caravans of "rusted-on" sycophants, who appear to be completely devoid of any coherent, objective and rational discourse about the plethora of these apparently urgent and pressing issues you prosecute with such vehemence and vitriol?

    Christopher Holdstock Friday 16 November, 2012 - 1:06 PM
  • How many suicides are attributed to gambling each year? How many divorces are attributed to gambling? Crown Casino was the worst thing ever to happen to Victoria. It has destroyed thousands of peoples lives. It has taken thousands of jobs out of local economies. It has taken over a billion dollars from local economies. It primary food source is problem gamblers. The only people who benefit from Crown are the government and the shareholders. All gambling advertising should be stopped.

    Vicky Laing Friday 16 November, 2012 - 12:24 PM
  • It just seems hypocritical that we have a noticeable gambling problem, but then we have so many gambling ads promoting it.
    At the end of the day, the gambling companies have the right to advertise their products and promote their business, the responsibility must come back to the person, and not to blame others for their mistakes.

    adam Friday 16 November, 2012 - 12:18 PM

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