Irish sports organisation fires at gambling

Irish sports organisation fires at gambling

The Irish Gaelic Players Association calls for the GAA to become the first sports organisation to get gambling advertising banned from its broadcasts.

Ireland.- The gaming industry seemed to be thriving in Ireland, but it may have hit a hurdle. The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) wants the Irish government to ban sports betting and gambling advertising from live broadcasts.

The body wants to get all games of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stripped of all gaming-related content. 

“It’s clear from the ESRI Report that gambling is an issue that concerns inter-county players,” said GPA CEO Paul Flynn.

Mr Flynn referred to the Economic and Social Research Institute report, which revealed most players engage gambling regularly.

“Both the GAA and the GPA have long been leaders in this area,” Flynn added. “We’ll now work with the Central Council to take another big step towards removing the link between gambling and our games.”

Should the Irish body get sports betting and gambling ads of GAA games, it’d be a major move against the industry in the country.

The Central Council will discuss the motion and the GPA hopes the rule change to go live in 2021. However, it remains to be seen if they actually succeed in their push.

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