Tag Archives: Spain

Alberto Garzón: Royal Decree laws stand fair for all broadcasters and advertisers

Alberto Garzón, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Minister who has been tasked with overseeing the federal reform of Spanish gambling laws, said there will be no backtrack from the government on the recently enforced Royal Decree on Advertising. Garzón made his statement after being questioned on Spanish football’s imminent funding crisis by sports radio broadcaster Onda Cero. Last week, La Liga President …

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DGOJ forms ‘athlete first’ integrity protocols with Spain’s AFE

Spain’s DGOJ has announced the formation of a new partnership with the Spanish Professional Footballers Association (AFE), strengthening its network of stakeholders combatting match-fixing and upholding sports integrity values.  Spanish gambling’s regulatory agency will work with the AFE to develop a new ‘athlete first’ collaborative framework to tackle the risks of match-fixing and illegal wagers across Spanish football leagues. The …

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DGOJ calls for loot boxes to be reclassified as gambling products

Mikel Arana, Director-General of Spain’s DGOJ, has confirmed that the regulatory agency has advised the government to introduce changes to the ‘Gaming Law’ in order to reclassify ‘loot boxes as games of chance’. The DGOJ’s leader urged Congress to support the initiative yesterday, stating that the government will launch a public consultation before the end of the year, aiming for …

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Codere modifies high coverage AS partnership to obey Spanish advertising laws

Codere has confirmed that it has renewed its media partnership with Spanish sports daily AS (AS.com) that will see the two companies continue to develop exclusive football content, despite the Spanish government enforcing new federal restrictions on betting advertising. Working with AS, last season Codere launched its interactive football show ‘Mister Underdog’ which proved a success, securing a following of …

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Javier Tebas: Decree blackout hurts La Liga at its crisis point

La Liga president Javier Tebas has urged Spain’s coalition government to suspend its prohibition of betting sponsorships as the league clubs face an immediate funding crisis. Speaking at the “Marca Sports Weekend” digital conference, Tebas laid out the devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on La Liga finances, which leaves clubs facing a ‘€500 million funding shortfall to finish the …

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LATAM woes see Codere track year losses of €240m 

Embattled Spanish gambling group Codere SA has published its Q3 2020 earnings report, revealing that its year-to-date corporate net losses currently stand at €240 million.  The Bolsa Madrid gambling firm continues to absorb COVID-19 impacts following a staggered reopening to its South American gambling venues, combined with severe LATAM currency fluctuations against the US dollar. Despite reopening its European (Spain …

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EGBA – Spanish Decree’s ‘lottery favours’ conflict with EU laws  

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reiterated its warning to Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry that Royal Decree advertising restrictions are in conflict on EU competition policies.  Spain’s autonomous governments have been instructed to implement the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ mandate, imposing a ‘near-complete ban on gambling advertising’. The Decree’s headline requirement will see all gambling-related advertising restricted to …

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Spanish football granted a one-season transition on betting sponsorships 

Spanish football clubs and licensed bookmakers have been given a light reprieve, as Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry confirms that existing betting sponsorships will be allowed to continue until the end of the season.   The order is reported to have been signed-off by Alberto Garzon, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Minister, who has been charged with spearheading the federal reform of Spanish …

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Gamesys targets strong 2020 closing after successful Spanish launch

Gamesys Group Plc has cited continued growth momentum across its brand portfolio as the LSE-listed online gambling group recorded growth on all key operating metrics.   Publishing its Q3 2020 trading statement, Gamesys recorded a 31% increase in group revenues to £190 million, reflecting a period of strong organic growth which was supported by an increase in customer activity. Providing …

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DGOJ states no delay in October’s ‘Royal sign-off’  

Mikel Arana, the new Director-General of Spain’s DGOJ, has stated that the government will uphold its civic duties by formally approving the federal passage of the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’.  Speaking to Basque media on Friday, Arana underlined that the DGOJ maintained its Autumn schedule, in which it expects Spain’s Council of Ministers to approve the decree passing into federal …

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