Banning gambling is not answer to complicated problem, states AFL chief

Whatever the solution to the AFL s vexed problem of betting, league president Gillon McLachlan is adamant it is not prohibition.

McLachlan confesses there is some unease within the AFL about whether the league and its clubs ought to take advantage of betting profits, offered the widely known social problems of gambling dependency.

However he added Sunday that there was a balance on problems such as gambling advertising at matches. He said the AFL had actually worked with TV broadcasters so there were no live odds shown while the video game was being played.

Individuals views are different a variety of people have very strong views about betting, he stated. I have a view that is not universal around the AFL … those things that are legal and part of our online game; our task is then to contextualize that.

I’m likewise genuine about wagering we are much better off having relationships with betting business than not because we get access to info. We can secure the stability of our competitors.

McLachlan included the earnings from gambling sponsorship assisted the online games development. That’s my position, not universal.

McLachlan likewise stated there is proof that betting practices are changing, rather than more people are gambling on sport. The data basically is that betting is not growing, it’s just skewing from racing across to sport, he stated.

The runaway train that people are talking about is not shown in the numbers, [they’re] describing a change. Possibly that means there’s a various profile of the people who are betting. I’m not in rejection of the problem … the options are not as simple as people would believe.