In the UK there has been a lot of speculation that the government is seeking to end gambling advertising on sports, including football shirt sponsorship. Italy has been down this route.
As we come out of lockdown and more people get vaccinated and countries develop herd immunity, a boom in spending will fuel more gambling, as people start to congregate and enjoy themselves.
Buying top class foreign players was always an easy option for the top football clubs. Now there is a realization that home grown talent through the club’s academies is the way forward.
When Elon Musk invested US$ 5 billion into Bitcoin it was a signal to the rest of the world that cryptocurrency had arrived. Add to this the New York listing of the crypto exchange Coinbase.
Empty football stadia are causing upsets to the pattern of football results, as shown by the number of away wins. For the first time ever in the Premier League there have been more away wins, 114 to be precise, over 108 home wins.
The interim report from the National Centre for Social Research, in collaboration with University of Liverpool, discloses the gambling habits of 140,000 active online gambling accounts.
The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, came in for criticism on the day after his Budget on the 3 March 2021. The press billed it as the biggest tax grab for many years. But gambling escaped!
The sale of Las Vegas Sands’ properties in Las Vegas coming so soon after the death of Sheldon Adelson does feel like the closing of a chapter in global gaming.
The UK High Street has been hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and betting shops have not been spared the pain. Combined with the FOBT stake limit introduced in 2018, the impact on the number of shops has been sizeable.
Amidst the sea of bad news, Covid-related closures and falls in revenues, every now and then a piece of more upbeat news floats past. One of them is Norwegian horse racing.