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The angst over advertising by the sports betting industry took a different twist this week when professional sports leagues – led by the NFL and including the NHL, NBA, WNBA and MLB – got together with two U.S. broadcasters to create the Coalition for Responsible Sports Betting Advertising. The coalition, which received two thumbs-up from the American Gaming Association, has made a commitment to implement and maintain consumer protection policies with a six-pack of principles.
So, SBC Americas editor Jessica Welman joined the Gaming News Canada Show presented by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP to weigh in on reaction to the announcement along with the ongoing debate and discussion around advertising and the integration of sports betting content into broadcasts and other media outlets. Amanda Brewer (Kindred Group), Kris Abbott (Betano Canada), Nic Sulsky (PointsBet Canada) and Gavin Roth (Homestand Sports) added their own bon mots, and also shared their thoughts on the reaction to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s announcement last week to make changes to the rules around advertising and the use of athletes and other celebrities.
Aidan Brain, the VP Conference Production, Americas at SBC, joined us to help set the table for next month’s SBC Summit North America in Secaucus, NJ, and for the June 13-15 Canadian Gaming Summit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. SBC will be charge of managing the Canadian sports betting and gaming industry conference for the first time, and Brain gave a preview of what attendees can expect with the agenda and some bells and whistles.
Our panelists also went around the horn on reporting over the past week that PointsBet has enlisted the services of a New York investment bank to seek out buyers for the operator’s North American businesses.
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