UK betting lobby denies link between sports advertising and problem gambling
The BGC denies the existence of a link between sports advertising and problem gambling, expressing support for an evidence-led approach to gambling regulation
The chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has informed MPs that there is no evidence supporting a connection between sports advertising and problem gambling.
Michael Dugher expressed support for the government's evidence-led approach to the gambling White Paper, highlighting measures such as enhanced spending checks and the introduction of a new ombudsman.
Dugher's comments came in response to concerns raised by committee member John Nicolson regarding a potential ban on advertising in sports grounds.
Nicolson cited the voluntary removal of ads from football shirts by the Premier League as an acknowledgement of harm, but Dugher stated that it was in response to public concerns rather than conclusive evidence of harm.