|BetonSports.com, the online casino/sports book, has a US advertising campaign including ads on buses Ė and it has come to the attention of New York State Attorney Elliot Spitzer. |
The ads, part of a countrywide campaign, boast 'Sports action you can bet on' on the sides of 250 New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses since August. The only problem is that in the US, thatís technically not quite true. Internet gambling is illegal in New York, but BetonSports, is based in Costa Rica, outside the jurisdiction of the US federal or state governments.
The ads have attracted the attention of State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, whose office has tackled Internet gambling previously. Asked if his office and the MTA were in conflict over the issue, Spitzer said, 'It would be a fair conclusion.' BetonSports paid the MTA $300,000 for the ads. 'Unless they have broken the law, they are entitled to advertise,' said MTA spokesman Tom Kelly.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens) said: 'The MTA is giving them a sanction. They should take [the ads] down.' But BetonSports CEO David Carruthers said the ads donít break the law. 'They took my check,' he said. 'There is the First Amendment in the United States. I have the right to advertise our product.' Carruthers said he has had no contact with Spitzer.