Sports Faces End of Play Money Due to Biggest Crisis Since Tobacco Ban

Sports Faces End of Play Money Due to Biggest Crisis Since Tobacco Ban 

Sports Faces End of Play Money Due to Biggest Crisis Since Tobacco Ban


Gambling logos may be banned from sports shirts in the biggest advertising shake-up in professional sports since tobacco advertising was outlawed.

The move will hit football clubs the most, but it will also affect snooker, darts, boxing and rugby. Gambling companies provide Premier League and championship clubs with around £ 110 million a year in jersey sponsorship alone.

Analysis shows that every player in the top 10 of the Professional Darts Corporation rankings had gambling logos on their jerseys during major tournaments. Many leading snooker players, including Ronnie O'Sullivan, have bookmaker logos on their vests.

Government officials have warned leading figures in the sports industry that they are considering harassing sponsors of gambling companies. Ministers are increasingly worried about the rate dependence fueled by the boom