Sport is woven into Australian culture, but the relationship between sport and gambling has again surfaced after betting agency Sportsbet was fined a record $A2.5 million for breaching Australia’s spam laws earlier this month (March).


This article by David Gallant and Sean Cowlishaw, writing for the University of Melbourne, makes the following points:
  • The spam laws were designed to stop people from being bombarded with unwanted marketing text messages and emails.
  • Australians lost approximately $A25 billion across all forms of gambling between 2018 and 2019.
  • Per capita, our losses are amongst the highest recorded in the world.
  • Betting on sports is the fastest growing form of gambling in Australia.
  • Historically, there hasn’t been a strong relationship with gambling for most sports. 
  • The gambling industry in Australia today is so connected to sport that it’s almost impossible to enjoy a sporting event without being exposed to gambling.


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