The European Parliament is currently preparing a report on online gambling – hardly surprising in these busy times for the industry considering its relationship with governments. The report will focus on how the online gaming industry affects each member states’ commerce across the others’ borders.
One group that will be watching this report intently is not a political one nor an industry insider, but the Union of European Football Associations. The soccer organization wants lawmakers to address the avoidance of corruption and scandal by making moves to protect the sport's integrity. But the group also asked to receive '...a fair financial return from sports betting.'
Because UEFA’s teams, stadiums and matches are used for the sportsbetting industry to make money they are asking for some of the spoils. The soccer association joined the Sports Rights Owners Coalition, representing teams and owners from rugby, cricket, basketball, tennis, and horse racing, in calling for a 'competition organizer's right.' The coalition are calling for France, currently introducing online gambling laws, to set a precedent.