Belfast Telegraph

Call to ban betting firms from GAA sponsorship

By Staff Reporter

Betting firms will be prohibited from engaging in any form of GAA sponsorship from 2019 onwards if a motion to the sporting body's 2018 annual congress is passed later this month.

The community and health department of the association has proposed that the sponsorship by a betting company of any GAA competition, team, gear or facility be forbidden. The move is part of a wider package of measures currently under way to tackle problem gambling and issues surround the integrity and honesty of Gaelic Games.

Currently there are very few high-profile sponsorships that would be affected, with the deal between Crossmaglen Rangers and Bar One Racing perhaps the most notable ongoing arrangement. Pyramid Bookmakers also sponsor some adult championships in Leitrim. However, both Louth and Derry have had large betting firms as their primary shirt sponsor in the past.

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