Gambling Firms Push Via Sports Broadcasts, by
Greg Tingle - 2nd April 2011
punters, casino and gambling millionaires and
billionaires, sports nuts, politicians, legal
eagles, one and all. Australia remains red hot
territory for gambling news. We've got Aussie
sports media commentators plugging gambling, the
pro club gambling campaign driving forward, NRL
sports betting probe developments with a link
to Tasmanian "devils" and Aussie pokies
manufacture Aristocrat making a comeback, with
the pokies boss hitting his own jackpot. All that
and more. Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com
with your gambling, sports betting and pokies
news mix from the land of kangaroos and koalas,
with a rabid Tasmanian devil on the loose...
Companies Push Via TV Broadcasts And News Media...
giants have the big push on via promoting sports
betting with a volatile and quite effective
array of sweet deals with clubs,
sporting codes, television stations and a big
spread of traditional and new media
commentators are at the front line with frequent
betting odds updates, and mid-match updates are
a field day, if you will. It's all part of the
strategy in place with bookies and big name gambling
you like to have a punt on rugby league, and why
wouldn't ya, the Broncos are $1.50 on TAB Sportsbet,"
former Queensland Origin great Paul Vautin told
viewers in Friday's opening-round match against
bet responsibly - we have to say that. If you
race down to the TAB at half-time, or ring TAB
Sportsbet, they are the prices at the moment."
up was Network
Nine broadcaster Wally Lewis just after the
first half of the game with "TAB Sportsbet
right now, Broncos first to score in the second
of other sports are in on the action too, with
Network Nine sports getting the nod on the most
gambling and sports betting plugs. Cricket has
broadcasting Richie Benaud discussing the odds,
with a bit of help from his fellow commentators,
as part of a cool deal with James
Packer's 50% owned Betfair.
head of sport Steve Crawley said the broadcaster's
promotion was no different from newspapers providing
odds on sports and horse races.
electronic media, so when we do that it's in-game.
I realise some people have awful problems with
gambling, but the reality is that it's getting
bigger and bigger."
hot fodder in the NRL, which is sponsored by TAB
Sportsbet, has deals with "approved betting
providers" and permits clubs to have their
own gambling sponsors.
footy still has a scandal on the go from alleged
illegal betting surrounding last year's infamous
Canterbury Bulldogs VS North Queensland Cowboys
chief exec David Gallop said corruption was one
of the biggest concerns for sporting administrators.
risks in terms of penalties have to be severe,"
said Gallop, who is pushing for a specific match-fixing
offence and has warned of offenders facing life
AFL is also sponsored by TAB Sportsbet and betting
firms support individual clubs, including Centrebet's
deal with 2010 runner-up St Kilda for a reported
$1 million a year.
Sportsbet has deals with Seven
operators such at PartyGaming
have also leaked that they are interested in getting
into big media deals in Australia,
with an already strong internet presence.
Australia allows Betfair
on grounds, and the National Basketball League
has a deal with Centrebet
that includes court promotions.
racing, tennis, soccer
and even surfing
enjoy strong sports betting action in Australia,
with a number of other sports like snooker
looking to plug into the gambling
deals in Australia.
Media and Racing King John Singleton Drives Forward
Pro Pokies Ad Push...
"Singo" Singleton, who happens to
love a punt himself, in the man and the brains
behind the $20 million advertising campaign by
the Aussie clubs against the Julia Gillard government's
slot machine reforms.
Gillard government is hell bent so it seems to
implement the "problem gambling" reforms
to retain whatever support might remain from Tasmanian
"devil" (satire) "independent"
ad firm Banjo has developed a media and public
relations campaign to focus on recreational gamblers'
fears of having any government 'Big Brother' spying
on their betting habits. Yep, we kid you not.
Australia's are being spied on, and pokie palaces
may turn into one of the ultimate evil "eyes
in the sky", that may end up making Google
Earth and Google Maps look like child's play.
Banjo deal for a cool $20 mil, running for 2 years,
started with online video and newspaper adverts.
It will then pick up even more stream via radio,
television, billboards and even pub coasters.
Australian newspapers have already been giving
the news story strong mileage and its taking on
a life of its own, with most gamblers hating what
they hear of government 'Big Brother'.
clubs is dead against a mandatory scheme for players
to register before playing poker machines, using
so called smartcards (not so smart say European
trials) and self-selected gambling limits (which
can be manipulated).
leak said "Clubs Australia said that gambling
revenue will drop considerably as recreational
gamblers get pissed with the government and clubs,
and will take more to online gambling "like
a duck to water". This is right on the money
and cards. The 'Big Brother' approach is a false
solution - actually, its no solution. It's a smokescreen
and spin. The public are not that stupid, they
are actually quite smart, and Labor has underestimated
Australians intelligence once again. No wonder
Labor lost the NSW state election".
and a consortium of investors, including the investment
banker Mark Carnegie, the retail king Gerry Harvey
and ex Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon, have
purchased high-profile Sydney pubs including Kinselas,
the Bellevue Hotel and Peakhurst Inn. Singleton
also jointly owns the Hotel Steyne in Manly.
had a strong association with the Labor government
under Bob Hawke during the '80s and early '90s,
but last year developed ads attacking Labor on
health during the election campaign, and earlier
joined the mega push against the mining tax with
a campaign for a Perth client, tipped to be Andrew
government's belated decision to perform a cost
benefit analysis on mandatory pre-commitment is
back to front,'' a spokesman for Clubs
sort of analysis should have been done before
the government announced it was introducing the
that had been done then almost certainly the Prime
Minister would never have been conned by Andrew
Wilkie into making a commitment that will devastate
the club industry.''
Families Minister, Jenny Macklin, said ''The government's
position is clear and has not changed.''
Seek Woman Punter Re NRL Cowboys - Bulldogs Betting
have released CCTV images of yet another punter
they want to speak to about an alleged NRL betting
scam. The images were captured at a Browns Bay
betting outlet in Auckland, New
Zealand, between 4.50pm and 5.15pm on August
20 last year - the day before the game between
the Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys, police
advised. The woman was described as being aged
in her 20s, with a slim build, shoulder-length
hair and of Caucasian appearance. She was wearing
a dark-coloured zippered hooded jacket, blue jeans
and carrying a red handbag and was seen pushing
a young boy in a pram, police said. She returned
to the betting facility about 5.35pm on August
21. Police said in a statement that they were
not alleging she had done anything illegal, but
said investigators wanted to find out who she
was so they could speak to her. Player agent Sam
Ayoub and ex-player John Elias have been charged
in direct relation to the betting inquiry, while
now ex-Bulldogs prop Ryan Tandy has been charged
with four counts of giving false or misleading
evidence to a NSW Crime Commission hearing. Among
the charges Tandy faces is one of giving false
evidence about having placed a bet on a game between
the Bulldogs and Gold Coast, also last year. The
charges against Ayoub and Elias followed an unusual
plunge on a betting option that the first points
of that game would come from a penalty goal. Tandy
was penalised two minutes into the game for impeding
Cowboys playmaker Grant Rovelli in front of the
posts. The Cowboys were awarded a penalty, but
took a tap kick instead of kicking for goal. Tandy,
29, pleaded not guilty to all charges during his
appearance in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court
on March 3. Meanwhile, St George Illawarra can
finally get down to concentrating on their 2011
following Wayne Bennett's decision to leave the
club at the end of the season. The coach's announcement
has removed the largest cloud hanging over the
Dragons' premiership defence, with the constant
innuendo and rumour having played a part in the
side's sluggish start to the year. While the issue
won't be fully resolved until Bennett reveals
where he will coach next season, back-rower Ben
Creagh said news of the coach's impending departure
would at least focus the players' efforts on getting
the most out of the time he had left. While the
appointment of Bennett's right-hand man, Steve
Price, and the retention of much of the same squad
for 2012 should ensure a smooth transition to
the new era, the Dragons' best chance to win another
premiership in the near future would surely be
while Bennett is the man.
Boss Hits The Jackpot...
Odell, chief exec of Aussie pokie manufacturer
has hit the jackpot on an 'one armed bandit',
if you follow the lingo. Odell snatched 24% jump
in total pay to $2.5 million last year, despite
Aristocrat putting out another very average result.
The chief executive's base pay in the period increased
19% to $1.25 million. Aristocrat's normalised
profit after tax dropped 53% in 2010. One of the
resolutions at the upcoming June AGM in Sydney
to be voted on by shareholders is a grant to Odell
of 1.02 million performance share rights as part
of his long-term incentive package. The rights,
which would be granted over a 3-year period, are
performance based. If Aristocrat happens to outperform
the ASX 100 by more than 10% cent each year, Odell
will snatch 30% of the shares. He will get 70%
of the shares if he hits certain earnings targets.
Will he meet his targets and hit the Gold Mega
Jackpot? Stay tuned to find out. Aristocrat is
also currently working on a number of b2b deal
with online casino operators which are also tipped
to return a healthy jackpot to the company, as
well as hours of fun for online gamblers.
Tingle runs the Media
Man International website, he is a Special
Contributor for Gambling911.com