Sunday 19 August 2018

GAA is leading the world with its betting ban

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

The motion which the GAA passed at Congress, calling for "sponsorship by a betting company of any competition, team, playing gear, or facility" to be prohibited, was passed with a 93pc majority. It is fair to say that, in doing this, the GAA is leading the world.

Whether the world wants to be led, whether its sporting organisations in particular are taking inspiration from this, is another matter.

Indeed all the signs are saying that that world is quite happy the way things are, and can see no other way of organising itself, except to take the money from the bookies, and to be grateful for it.

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