Sport and gambling – loving the odds more than the game?

Sport and gambling – loving the odds more than the game?


The particular focus today is the
interaction I think between technology
and the rapidly evolving technology and
very very old activity which is gambling.
It changed the way that people were being
educated about enjoying their experience.
In your opening remarks it’s almost
without us knowing it redefined what is
the normal way of integrating into you
know how you enjoy your sport. And I
think this is one of those issues where we
know the challenge ultimately for all of
us is to try ahead of the game. I think it has
become socially accepted amongst players
and when there’s a lot of support and structure
around players now days, and the support
is there for them to seek help and we certainly encourage
them to do that. But the next step is to look in
environments in which they work
and shift attitudes and behaviours
towards towards gambling and actually aim or focus
more on prevention.
We’ve got a responsibility as Ian said to the
community. We see the opportunity
for professional sporting clubs to
provide good leadership in areas like
public health, and this is a public health
issue, as well as a social justice issue
I guess
and it’s as you’ve alluded to in a number of
your remarks, its burgeoning as a problem
it is possible to gamble safely. So
when we talk about this issue around
sport and gambling, when we think about
the gambling industry as reasearchers
we actually think about four players. We
think about the wagering industry
itself, we think about sporting
organisations, we think about
broadcasters and their responsibility in
terms of where they agree to have these
ads during the sporting matches or during
broadcasts, and we also think about
government and what they can do to
better protect the public from some of
the things that we’re starting to see. I think we need to you really
sophisticated in the conversation that
we have and we need to come from a
position where all the facts are correct.
One of the things that teenagers love
doing is taking risks so this directly
ties into that, the other thing they love is
to be accepted by their peers and this
is a peer activity so for me it’s a real
danger. We really need to focus on the
messages that we’re pushing through. And
that’s something the industry is conscious of and we
are all working we want to work with
people such as Samanthas to try and figure out
what is the appropriate standard. We have
to look back it making sure that we
don’t go overboard and say we’ve got to eradicate
gambling, and that’s not why we’re up here for.
But in saying all that it has to be
responsible and when you look at the
proliferation of the ads and then they
come back and they say but please always
remember gamble responsibly, I think we
have to look back at that and say really
look at it and say is this just a
throwaway line or are they actually doing
something about it. It is a complex topic
it’s a complex issue. We are in
unprecedented
environment where through technology
gambling access is unprecedented.
the level of promotion and advertising is
unprecedented and the convergence of
sport and gambling is
unprecedented and I think what’s been
mentioned in highlighted, we don’t yet
know what is the impact to future
generations of children.

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