Volume: 2 Issue: 9
mayer brown rowe & maw
Back in February’s edition of World Online Gambling Law Report we wrote about the data protection and related issues facing bookmakers and person-to-person operators when they are asked to reveal customer details following investigations into potential race-fixing.
Betting operators realise that they have an important role and indeed a vested interest in helping to clean up the image of horse racing. The sport’s reputation has recently been damaged, in particular by recent media coverage such as the Panorama broadcast ‘The Corruption of Racing’ and a Kenyon Confronts programme called ‘They Stop Horses Don’t They?’. The arrival of person-to-person betting exchanges where one can effectively bet on a horse to lose, has inevitably increased the focus on race-fixing and so-called ‘non-triers’.
In this article, we look at how several recent developments involving the Jockey Club will affect betting operators, particularly online operators.