The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed proceedings in the Federal Court alleging that the advertising campaign conducted by companies within the Bet365 Group (Bet365) which offered ‘free bets’ and...more
As foreshadowed by the Coalition Government earlier this year (see our previous update), penalties for breach of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Franchising Code) are to be introduced....more
On 8 May 2014, Sports Data Pty Ltd (Sports Data), NRL’s previous official supplier of statistics, filed an interlocutory applications against Prozone Sports Australia Pty Ltd (Prozone), the new supplier of statistics to the...more
Last Thursday, the Victorian Supreme Court delivered judgment in Tabcorp Holdings Limited v The State of Victoria  VSC 301 and Tatts Group Limited v The State of Victoria  VSC 302.
As we have previously...more
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has been a ratings success for SBS, which has an exclusive Media Rights Licence to broadcast the World Cup across television, radio and the internet in Australia. However, with the tournament now...more
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Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for a further restriction and rationalization of the gaming industry - The Belgian Gaming Commission has sent an open letter to the next government in which it...more
On 28 June 2014, a photo was posted on social media of Cronulla Sharks’ Football Club five eighth Todd Carney engaging in a lewd act in a nightclub bathroom. The Cronulla Sharks acted swiftly, organising a teleconference with...more
The NSW Government has introduced a draft Bill in to Parliament to combat match fixing in sport. The Racing Administration Amendment (Sports Betting National Operational Model) Bill 2014 aims to provide a framework in NSW for...more
Stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft bill and Regulations by 30 April 2014 with the changes expected to take effect from 1 January 2015. The highlights of the amended Regulations include:
In a number of our recent blog entries, we promised to keep you posted on a number of legislative changes and legal proceedings in Australia.
As promised, here are the key developments:
Spectator charged for...more
Italy: Opportunities for DTT frequencies in the Italian market - The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has started a competitive bid for three national DTT frequencies.
Australia: Senate scrutinises state of...more
On 13 February 2014, the Australian Wagering Council Limited (AWC) lodged a collective bargaining and collective boycott notification (the Notifications) with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),...more
Last Thursday, the Senate Economics Reference Committee (SERC) conducted a hearing in relation to the Ticket Scalping in Australia inquiry in Sydney. The inquiry, launched with little fanfare in the lead up to Christmas last...more
The final report prepared by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on its review of the Copyright Act (Act) recommends changes that, if adopted by the Government, would revolutionise Australian copyright law.
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US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more
The civil trial between the State of Victoria and the former holders of gaming machine licences in the state, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (Tabcorp) and Tatts Group Ltd (Tatts), has commenced in the Victorian Supreme Court before...more
Australia’s summer of tennis has been tainted by the presence of an international betting syndicate at the Australian Open. A British spectator has been charged under section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) in relation to...more
Racing Queensland has announced that it is seeking Expressions of Interest from national and international wagering operators who are interested in bringing innovation to the “exciting world of wagering” associated with...more
The Australian tennis open is the scene for what Victoria Police have claimed is the world’s first arrest for the sports betting offence of “courtsiding” with the charging of a British spectator under section 195C of the...more
Consistent with its pre-election campaign promise, the Coalition Government has announced that this year it will review and amend the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) to improve protections for small business franchisees....more
In its latest step to reduce the perceived harm that might be inflicted on children by simulated gambling, the South Australian Government has commenced an advertising campaign, featuring a billboard with an image of a young...more
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was first elected to the Senate on the back of an anti-poker machine campaign, has accused the Coalition Government of being captive to vested interests in the pokies industry. Senator...more
In late November 2013, the ACT Minister for Racing and Gaming, Joy Burch, presented the Totalisator Bill 2013 (ACT) (Bill), which is set to repeal the existing Betting (ACTTAB Limited) Act 1964 (ACT) (Act). The Bill seeks...more
In recent weeks, the Australian Coalition Government has continued to take steps to implement its “policy to help problem gamblers.”
The Coalition’s proposed Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013...more
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more