Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Footy Gambling a Bad Bet

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Footy Gambling a Bad Bet

Article excerpt

DID you know that until recent days you could lay a bet on the VB Gold Group 2 rugby league competition?

You didn't?

Neither did chief administrator Jim Anderson a nor anyone else in a position of authority a until your scribbler brought it to their attention on May 1 and advised of several expressions of disquiet one had been receiving.

The Gold Coast Titans-controlled a apparently a licensed offshoot of the Northern Territory-based BetEzy organisation a at some stage since the last grand final began offering odds and an opportunity to bet on which local side would win the premiership.

One must say aat some stagea because our officials were not contacted for permission or consulted in any way. This peculiarity became public in a story on May 2 and the odds being offered disappeared soon after from the website to be replaced with the notice: aThe resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.a

So what does this mean in the wash-up?

To much of society now attuned to becoming punt-drunk on the proliferation of gambling and its insidious infiltration into every corner of sport, many wouldn't give a rat's about a bet on a bush footy competition.

However, ponder upon this.

Group 2 is run by volunteers with club affiliations and the minute there is a dispute, the finger-pointing begins.

Officials are constantly accused about making decisions along partisan lines which is total rubbish but human nature being as it is, we have to live with it.

How much worse will it be if open slather betting is allowed to enter the equation?

Something else to think about.

Back in the 1990s, a bad smell surrounded a visit by Coffs Comets to a southern venue where, as raging hot favourites, they were held to a draw by the rank outsiders. …

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