Let's focus on the game, not the gaming.

Get rid of sports betting ads

It is time to rid our TVs, scoreboards and commentary of those incessant sports betting ads.

Since 2006, there has been a 230 per cent increase in online sports betting and it now represents about 15-20% of problem gamblers in Australia. This is a real problem and we need a real solution.

Sign my petition and tell the TV advertisers that enough is enough. We need to focus on the joy of sport again, not the bottom dollar.

For more info click here and read my full blog in the Illawarra Mercury.

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  • signed 2017-05-17 21:25:32 +1000
    Smoking endorsements & advertising was banned years ago. The increase in gambling advertisements on TV, radio & mobile phone apps is ridiculous & out of control. The Government needs to step in & ban all sports betting advertising on TV, radio, newspapers & on social media.
  • signed 2017-04-25 14:56:31 +1000
    This needs to spread and be taken to government.
  • signed 2017-04-24 04:51:16 +1000
  • signed 2017-04-21 20:28:16 +1000
    All gambling advertising should be stopped.
  • signed 2017-04-21 18:58:16 +1000
    Sick to death of gambling, horse racing and sport advertising on tv especially channel 7 now 9 is getting on act plus even on play store and iTunes on kids games and apps. So bad it’s annoying
  • signed 2017-04-17 18:46:13 +1000
    Government has the power to ban any advertising that creates an addictive behaviour, but they need something to replace the loss in cigarette sales revenue
  • signed 2017-04-04 20:29:39 +1000
    These ads so infuriate me, they’re equivalent to midnight ‘Call Me Call Me Now’ sex ads and annoying viagra/penis enlargement junk emails and the like. Besides which, gambling addiction is a REAL issue for many in society worldwide – I feel like they’re shoving it down our throats, regardless. My uncle is a very rich man – a retired former bookie, and he says BOOKIES NEVER BET because they know it’s a MUGS GAME!!!
  • signed 2017-03-28 21:19:05 +1100
  • signed 2017-03-24 20:55:49 +1100
    I wrote a comment but for whatever reason it did not register. Please fix this problem as it is likely not an isolated one!

    Please phone me for more input.
  • signed 2017-03-20 22:19:34 +1100
    Ban betting adds
  • signed 2017-03-19 18:09:03 +1100
    When i gambled i never took notice of the ads but now I am trying to quit they are every 5 seconds. Make the bad man stop!
  • signed 2017-03-05 16:01:15 +1100
    I have written to Politicians over a number of years and to Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie a few years back. I have written to Jason Wood my local MP. I have explained how within 5 kms – Upper Ferntree Gully to Ferntree Gully – if you were on drugs to keep awake you could gamble 24/7. Leave the Royal Hotel at 3am in the morning, walk or drive to the Middle Hotel and gamble there until 7am. Leave there and go back to the Royal Hotel until 3am. There is a 3rd hotel a few kms past the Middle. I have explained how the machines have changed from a maximum of 3 lines to up to 50 lines and since many machines are now big jackpot machines they just gobble the money and also have an effect on the older fashioned machines. The final point is about how much money is going to Woolworths and Coles via AHL (I think I have this right) and the venues are understaffed and neglected. Money lost in these venues on Poker Machines are not being spent in the local community therefore there is a multiplier effect. The Labor Government should never have brought Poker Machines into Victoria and a cutback all around Australia, would in the long run, put money back into communities and could increase job opportunities etc. Unfortunately I am sceptical about any Government doing anything about the current situation now worsening with so many Ads on TV for all different ways of loosing money without even going out of the house. Gambling Help Ads by Governments are there to counteract harm the gambling industry does and to justify the money Governments are receiving at the expense of the people. These Ads are an insult and do not help how people feel about their gambling. MPs receive donations and the Government also receives money from an industry that is earning money unethically. No doubt, MPs and Governments are most unlikely to consider the money as unethically earned but knowingly receiving money from Drug Dealers would be unethical and not acceptable. I do not see a difference here as Gambling, Drug Addiction and Alcohol Addiction are all harmful and involve more than the one person. Families and communities are affected. Cigarettes are banned from advertising and the Government is making money on the increasing price. Although harmful, generally the harm is to the smoker who can be considerate to those non smokers in the vicinity. Alcohol should be banned as it is causing much more damage to families and communities and there is a multiplier effect. I could go on and on but will close with the fact that overseas in 2014 I did not see gambling ads on TV or gambling venues everywhere like what Australia has. I can understand the overseas companies invading Australia with their gambling business and advertising of it. Ads on TV can be any time of the day and quickly increasing without limits of any worth to stop them. Australia has been targeted because we are known to have the highest number of gambling loss in the world .

    All the best with your endeavour Stephen Jones MP.
  • signed 2017-03-02 11:01:26 +1100
    agree totaly, my brother is loosing alot at the moment
  • signed 2017-02-28 20:56:17 +1100
    I’m so sick of seeing those adds I have a family member who has gotten him self , his partner , family and friends in so much trouble

    It looks like he will loose everything and he owes money everywhere

    How had must it be if you are trying to give up gambling and you are tempted by these adds every day

    They stopped alcohol adds , Tabbaco adds please stop gambling adds

    It destroys lives
  • signed 2017-02-27 22:30:34 +1100
  • signed 2017-02-23 21:30:05 +1100
    Matthew Ross
  • signed 2017-02-22 22:37:15 +1100
    Totally think that these ads should be outlawed. My concerns are for the younger generations who these companies are clearly grooming. What a disgusting industry that preys on the vulnerable just so executives and owners can keep lining their pockets.
  • signed 2017-02-19 16:14:40 +1100
  • signed 2017-02-16 22:57:54 +1100
    Sports people on gambling ads promote poor sporting values. Get rid of gambling ads.
  • signed 2017-02-13 21:36:21 +1100
  • signed 2017-02-10 18:35:14 +1100
    I don’t see how gambling addiction is any less damaging to health compared to cigarette smoking. Therefore if cigarette ads are banned, so should sports betting ads.
  • signed 2017-01-30 01:21:33 +1100
  • signed 2017-01-25 19:17:31 +1100
    I fully agree, those adds should go. They definetly should be banned before 9:00 PM, all the best from Peter O’Loughlin
  • followed this page 2017-01-22 19:29:18 +1100
  • signed 2017-01-22 19:26:12 +1100
    We need to protect families from the constant bombardment of betting adverts as it does destroy relationships and undermines family finances.

    Smoking has effectively been banned due to its extremely bad impacts on health of individuals that choose to smoke but more importantly on those who choose not to smoke yet are adversely affected by PASSIVE smoke.

    In the same way there are many families affected PASSIVELY by the actions of other family members that choose to bet with most losing many hundreds or thousands of dollars while they continue to chase that elusive big win that never arrives.

    Most family members are not aware of the depth of the loss incurred by their loved ones until it’s either too late or never know as the relationship fails.

    It’s time to stop this madness.
  • signed 2017-01-22 11:22:25 +1100
    Glad to see some collective community action as our government is not responding! Appalled to see the response from Tennis Australia justifying their position by saying gambling is a legal activity – therefore it’s acceptable!!
  • signed 2017-01-21 00:28:17 +1100
  • signed 2017-01-20 23:10:15 +1100
    Glad to see someone’s trying to ban sports betting advertising and hopefully sponsorship too. I can’t believe the government is wasting hue tax payer dollars on campaigns about teaching kids to “Love the game, not the odds”, when really, all they need to do it ban the advertising!!! Unbelievable, what a waste of money!! Disgraceful!!
  • signed 2017-01-17 11:03:31 +1100
    As a minimum standard betting ads should be banned before 9.30pm.
  • signed 2017-01-16 08:53:10 +1100
    William Hill gambling advertisements should be banned as does all gambling advertisements. They have already banned other addictive type advertisements such as alcohol and smoking. I think the main concern from me is the fact there is so much evidence out there of how much damage gambling has had on people. Gambling is designed so the punter loses the majority of the time and it only exists because the organised gambling groups will profit. Furthermore there are people who have once been addicted to gambling who are submitted to gambling advertisements in the comfort of their own home. Gambling advertisements are like dangling carrots which set off psyche triggers to the viewer and this kind of act should be discouraged. The reformed (ex punter) decide to make a change for their own good and due to such advertisements are put at risk once again. It makes me sick that this is allowed.