outlines media betting ban - 15th February 2016
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Australian Football League (AFL) has announced the
introduction of a new set of restrictions for accredited
journalists and broadcasters who currently bet on
games in the Australian rules competition.
February 18, accredited media will not be able to
place wagers on a game that they are attending for
AFL will introduce a five-hour blackout period for
accredited media as soon as they enter the stadium,
running from two hours before the game through to
the final siren.
media will still be able to bet on the games that
they are covering, but it must take place outside
of the blackout period.
a statement confirming the new restrictions, the AFL
said there had been regular instances when media members
had been privy to sensitive team information
once entering a venue, before the 90-minute cut-off
period where clubs have to hand their final team sheets
to the AFL, thus giving them an advantage for
ban has been introduced to help protect against the
potential misuse of information gained by personnel
working at a match, the AFL added.
and club personnel are already restricted from all
types of betting on the competition.