Posted: 4/25/2019


          I have often talked about betting shops and on line gambling as terrible toll on families from all walks of life. Recently the machines where hapless punters could spend £100.00 in a moment of madness have had the maximum bet reduced to £2.00. Countless families have been broken up, and even lives lost through suicide.

         At this time I must mention a past addiction...for a brief moment. Back in 1975 I was on a fact finding tour of Southern Ireland courtesy of Aer Lingus and The Irish Tourist Board. After a pony and trap ride around the Lakes of KIllarney we spent a couple of hours at Killarney Racecourse in County Kerry. In a moment of madness a placed a bet of about 5 shiilings in Irish punds on a horse that had no business being in that profession, but I liked the name and the colours the jockey wore. Never since that day have I placed a bet on racing, football or politics. WHEW.. I got that off my chest !!

        This week an amazing decision by a top gambling firm in the UK, GVC Holdings , which owns both Ladbrokes and Coral.  Kenny Alexander the CEO had previously called for a ban during football matches before 9.00pm. This will be introduced at the start of next season. He insisted that there should be a round the clock ban to all sports except horse racing.

       He also revealed that Ladbrokes would be cancelling ALL shirt sponsorships so that fans can watch their teams without incentives to bet. They will also stop advertising on perimeter boards at stadiums. Alexander stated that current restrictions on TV gambling are 'SIMPLY TINKERING AROUND THE EDGES'. He stressed tha he had become convinced of the need of further action to minimise the impact gambling related harm can cause after visiting rehabilitaion centres.

     The Daily Mail's STOP THE GAMBLING PREDATORS campaign has highlighted the dangers of advertising which appear during lives games and give viewers up-to-the-minute odds for possibilities of who will score next. Psychiatrists say that such adverts encourage spur-of-the-moment gambling and fuel addiction.

      Under GVC's proposals there would be an end to ALL UK sportsbetting broadcast advertising at ANY TIME OF THE DAY. He called on rivals such as Paddy Power and William Hill to follow suit. Ladbrokes will end all deals with the Scottish Premiership, Charlton and Sunderland..