The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, has presented to the European Commission a more restrictive Gambling Law than the one he presented at the beginning of the year. This is how Garzón hardens the Gambling Law in Spain.
Spanish bookmakers and operators may only broadcast advertising between 1 and 5 in the morning on radio, television and audiovisual platforms. Soccer matches or any other sporting event that is played after 8:00 p.m. will not be able to use the advertising of casinos and bookmakers, as specified in the law decree presented in February. This measure is hardened because different organizations and civil associations consider that the matches are broadcast in prime time and can have a negative influence on the youngest.
Garzón hardens the Gambling Law
he February Gambling Law restricted welcome bonuses to a maximum of 200 euros. The decree presented to the European Commission specifies that gaming operators and bookmakers will not be able to use the welcome bonuses. In addition, bonuses that seek user loyalty cannot be used.
The third measure regarding February is that sports teams, soccer or any other modality, will not be able to advertise gaming operators or bookmakers. The teams will not be able to wear the advertising of the sector on the shirts or in the stadiums. It is undoubtedly the most controversial reform and we will have to wait what the Spanish clubs say about it. Virtually all the teams are sponsored by an online casino and this means a not inconsiderable financial income. For small clubs, it allows them sufficient economic viability to be able to maintain themselves.
During the State of Alarm, Garzón already hinted at what his intentions were. However, the repeal of Article 37 of Royal Decree Law 11/2020 of March 31 was published in the BOE, coinciding with the match between Sevilla and Betis. On June 10, bonuses and promotions returned to online casinos and sports betting
86 organizations claim to toughen the Gambling Law
Law 13/2011, of May 27, wants to lay the foundations of advertising in Spain. In February, the ministry headed by Garzón disabled the appearance of famous people and limited advertising hours, with exceptions, among other measures.
These measures adopted by the Government are aimed at protecting minors and vulnerable groups. There are more and more young people with gambling problems in Spain. During these months, 86 organizations and civil associations have been demanding that the Government toughen the Gambling Law. The confinement has increased online gaming among residents in Spain.
The public sector Lottery is wanted by the private
Before the European Commission, the Minister of Consumption has presented a more restrictive Gambling Law. However, this law will only apply in the private sector. Operators and bookmakers demand to be treated equally and that the law must be complied with both in the private and public sectors. As of today, ONCE and State Lotteries and Gambling are exempt from the new Gambling Law. The same day that Alberto Garzón presented the new law in Europe, the 2020 Christmas Lottery summer campaign was presented.
Bookmakers and online casinos dream that they too will win the Lottery.