Archive | March, 2019

AGA report highlights overwhelming consumer support for legal sports betting

With SBC Events’ inaugural Betting on Sports America conference less than a month away now, it is interesting to read that the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) has unveiled new research findings on current and future sports betting behaviour that, it says, reveal “a strong consumer movement toward legal sports betting, a need for more awareness of legal markets, and consumers’ […]

Bookmakers warned not to circumvent FOBT stake cut

Ahead of the £2 stake limit on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (“FOBTs”, i.e. Category B2 gaming machines) that comes into force on Monday of next week, 1 April 2019, the Gambling Commission has written to bookmakers to remind them of their responsibilities in ensuring consumers are protected.  It states as follows on its website: From […]

RGSB publishes its final progress report

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (“RGSB”) has today published its final progress report on the National Responsible Gambling Strategy for 2016-2019, that provides an assessment on the success and implementation of the Strategy. Its conclusion is as follows: A lot has changed over the three-year period of the current strategy. We were probably over-optimistic about the speed with […]

Customer Interactions

David Clifton features in a KnowNow blog entitled “Customer Interactions” (that you can download below), published in advance of its Player Protection Forum event on 22 May 2019, that David will be chairing. Registration details, as well as the agenda for the day, are available on the KnowNow website here. The following day (23 May 2019) at the same venue, […]

It’s good to talk

The current edition of iGaming Business magazine contains an article by David Clifton entitled “It’s good to talk” that focuses on planned changes to the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) that will see gambling operators charged with, amongst other things, improving customer interaction to help those at risk from gambling-related harm. […]

Betting on Football scores a yet further success

SBC Events’ annual Betting on Football conference goes from strength to strength with each passing year. Last week’s conference maintained the very high standard set by all five previous such conferences. reported on both days of the conference: Its report on Day 1 (and accompanying video) can be accessed here Its report on Day 2 […]

Irish Government approves establishment of gambling regulatory authority

Implementing the key recommendation of the report of the Inter-Departmental Working Group on the Future Licensing and Regulation of Gambling in Ireland, that country’s Minister of State with special responsibility for gambling regulation, David Stanton TD, has announced that the Irish Government has approved the establishment of an Irish gambling regulatory authority as an independent statutory body […]

Gambling-related harm debate in Westminster Hall

A House of Commons non-legislative debate – opened by Ronnie Cowan MP – was held in Westminster Hall on 19 March 2019. You can download below: the transcript of the debate a House of Commons Library report on gambling-related harm published in advance of the debate During the debate, Carolyn Harris, Chair of the Gambling-Related Harm […]

Major threats to recorded and live music venues alike

There have been two recent developments worthy of comment, each of which present major threats to recorded and live music venues alike. 1  PPL SFE Tariff Music licensing company PPL has published details of its new Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) tariff, coming into effect on 1 July 2019 (that can be downloaded below). This follows […]