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Gambling and sport have a long association; indeed people have been betting on sporting events for as long as there have been sporting events to bet on. In recent years, though, the amount and variety of gambling within sport has increased significantly as the popularity of online gambling has soared.
This Practice Note gives a broad overview of some of the main issues that arise in the field of sports gambling, and covers the following:
Sponsorship and advertising
Illegal betting and match fixing
The main piece of legislation governing gambling in Great Britain (online, land—based and in other formats) is the Gambling Act 2005 (GA 2005). Gambling in Northern Ireland is still principally governed by the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, which is outside of the scope of this Practice Note.
GA 2005 defines several types of gambling and designates the Gambling Commission (the Commission) as the body responsible for ensuring that any gambling that takes place in Great Britain is appropriately licensed and otherwise complies with GA 2005. In the context of sport, the most relevant types of gambling under GA 2005 are:
Pursuant to GA 2005, s 9, a person engages in 'betting' (a form of 'gambling'), if they make or accept a bet on the outcome of a race, competition or other
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