Published: May 30, 2018

GLMS welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding sports betting and recalls the importance of measures against manipulations of sport competitions and illegal betting

GLMS welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding sports betting and recalls the importance of measures against manipulations of sport competitions and illegal betting
Lausanne, 30 May 2018, The U.S. Supreme court ruled on May 14 that states themselves should have the right to regulate and tax sports betting, and considered it unconstitutional for the federal government to ban them from doing so. The court’s decision came in the case of Christie vs. the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a challenge by New Jersey to the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which banned all states outside of Nevada from offering single-event sports betting. Three other states -- Montana, Oregon and Delaware -- were allowed to offer limited forms of betting under PASPA.

GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “GLMS welcomes the US Supreme Court decision which enables US states to establish their own regulated sports betting and combat, as a result, illegal betting activities. GLMS recalls that there are key integrity matters that need to be taken into account in this respect to safeguard sport competitions. Sports betting patterns need to be effectively monitored and analysed at local and global level and a monitoring system, such as GLMS, can play a key role in this regard. GLMS also calls upon states and relevant authorities to not underestimate the threat of illegal sports betting. Concrete measures against illegal betting operators like IP blocking, financial payments blocking and ban on advertising will be of significance. Finally GLMS calls upon US federal government to consider signing and ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions, which provides a complete legal framework against the phenomenon of manipulation of sport competitions”.
  • Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General

About GLMS
GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations. 
GLMS currently has 29 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,  Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia,  Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France,  Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece,  Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland,  Israel Sports Betting Board  - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy,   Norsk Tipping – Norway,  Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal,   Sportna Loterija – Slovenia,  Svenska Spel – Sweden,   Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisloss – Switzerland,  Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands,  Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore,  Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada,  Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco,  Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association)
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