Apalling Betting Ads

 
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
To begin with I cannot see why it is permitted to advertise betting on television in any form, given that it is yet another unhealthy and destructive addiction, much like smoking.

But the ads for Bet365.com have to be the most irritating and appalling pieces of work I have seen in a long time. They feature a black American presenter who has no connection to Australians, yelling non-specific messages at us for a product that no-one really needs. He does not even mention anything about the sports in our country, showing that the company is a cheapskate using US ads, edited to look like they have Aussie content.

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Blacksmith, you are 100 percent spot on. Betting ads should not be permitted on TV. The particular ad you describe is appallingly bad.  
Another objectionable feature is Tom Waterhouse being part of 7's so-called racing panel . . . what a lark . . . being paid to advertise your own bookmaking business.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Blacksmith, you are 100 percent spot on. Betting ads should not be permitted on TV. The particular ad you describe is appallingly bad.  
Another objectionable feature is Tom Waterhouse being part of 7's so-called racing panel . . . what a lark . . . being paid to advertise your own bookmaking business.
"Valvegear"


Totally agree with you both 100%
The gov banned tobacco (addictive product) ads years ago, so why arn't they keeping up the theme and banning other addictive product advertising (Betting, alcohol, etc)

Whilst some will say banning tobacco ads and promoting quiting helps lower the health costs of smoking related disease, what is the cost impact to the Welfare system for the impact of gambling addicts and alcoholics?

Can we take it further to the banning of addictive fast food advertising, thrust on our kids during their prime time TV viewing hours.

As a side note, here in Adelaide's western suburbs, we had McDonalds refused a building application because the proposed "resturant'" site that was within two hundred metres of a Primary School.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
I think we all have some common ground here.

I used to work as a locum in a service directed towards gambling addicts, it's a terrible blight on society in my opinion.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I am of the opinion that such ads should not be allowed. Money talks...
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
The black yank on the ads is a bit odd given it's a Pommy company. Couldn't they find a D list Pom celeb to promote the company?
  sydnytrains Chief Commissioner

Location: McDonalds Front counter serving customers
The black yank on the ads is a bit odd given it's a Pommy company. Couldn't they find a D list Pom celeb to promote the company?
"Aaron"


Wouldn't that be just as bad, since this is an AUSTRALIAN betting company, wouldn't you want an AUSTRALIAN (black or white) to promote it?
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Wouldn't that be just as bad, since this is an AUSTRALIAN betting company, wouldn't you want an AUSTRALIAN (black or white) to promote it?
sydnytrains
I think the consensus here is that we don't want anyone promoting gambling...
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Wouldn't that be just as bad, since this is an AUSTRALIAN betting company, wouldn't you want an AUSTRALIAN (black or white) to promote it?
sydnytrains
Bet365 is a POMMY Company, not AUSTRALIAN.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
That makes it worse.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I don't give two hoots if it's Calathumpian - get it off TV.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I'm assuming it's the ads featuring Samuel L Jackson.

The Bet365 ads currently showing in pommy land feature actor Ray Winston and are 10 times worse than the Samuel L Jackson ads.
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
I agree that the betting ads are annoying and shouldn't be allowed on TV, but they are nothing compared to the ads for Schticky, Real Insurance, Insuranceline, Allianz Insurance, Virgin Insurance, Jeep, etc. These companies have basically made TV in this country unwatchable.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I should add that pommy TV is currently swamped with ads for Kitty Bingo and other similar touchy feely bingo sites along with a wide range of dodgy 500% pa loan companies that will lend you anything you want to pay off your gambling debts Rolling Eyes
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
If you think the situation with betting is bad in Australia, it's far more pervasive in the UK. Not are there more ads on TV, but there are ads on billboards and at bus stops, and you certainly can't walk down the high street without passing a handful of betting shops.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
If you think the situation with betting is bad in Australia, it's far more pervasive in the UK. Not are there more ads on TV, but there are ads on billboards and at bus stops, and you certainly can't walk down the high street without passing a handful of betting shops.
"michaelgreenhill"
It's England, what else is there for the locals to do? Aside from the usual dressing in grey and being bored at the pub...
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
It's England, what else is there for the locals to do? Aside from the usual dressing in grey and being bored at the pub...
Aaron
As a recent visitor to the UK, I had a little chuckle at this one! At least they have plenty of trains, including many running steam locos, to keep the interested occupied! Mr. Green
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
I agree that the betting ads are annoying and shouldn't be allowed on TV, but they are nothing compared to the ads for Schticky, Real Insurance, Insuranceline, Allianz Insurance, Virgin Insurance, Jeep, etc. These companies have basically made TV in this country unwatchable.
Braddo
It's not just ads. There's 'product' references within the programs. It must be so tempting to place that bet on impulse.
Then you have the cross promotion with pop-ups that hang around for a while and often impeccably timed.

As for non Aussies doing the ads, what is it with the pommie voice overs. Is it meant to sound more authoritative, superior what? Rolling Eyes

It doesn't always work though. There's one on the radio where she starts "I'm not a whinger, but..." WTF as soon as she says that she sounds like a bl##dy pommie you guessed it Laughing
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
I've been recording shows during the day to watch after work (okay, I admit it, Patrick Stewart in Star Trek Next Gen) and I've noticed a proliferation of pay-day lenders, income insurance, 'slip n sue' lawyers and funeral insurance adverts on daytime telly.  I guess they know their audience well enough to know what they are doing at home during the day.

The most annoying by far is 'Real Estate Wealth' seminars where they tell you how to negative gear your way to prosperity.  If you look at their websites there's a lot of dubious assumptions about investing in property such as "residential property in Australia always doubles in value every seven to ten years".  Why on earth the prudential regulatory people allow them to operate with apparent impunity is beyond me.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
To begin with I cannot see why it is permitted to advertise betting on television in any form, given that it is yet another unhealthy and destructive addiction, much like smoking.
TheBlacksmith
We got on top of regulating tobacco decades ago but for some reason alcohol and gambling have positioned themselves so that they are considered 'reasonable choices for adults' and therefore have avoided heavy regulation.

I think the answer to why it's not more heavily regulated is vested interests: alcohol and gambling concerns are usually owned by really big businesses who donate big $$$ to both political parties and they pay lobbyists a lot of money to keep the politicians disinterested in regulation or restriction, particularly with advertising and distribution.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
We got on top of regulating tobacco decades ago but for some reason alcohol and gambling have positioned themselves so that they are considered 'reasonable choices for adults' and therefore have avoided heavy regulation.
don_dunstan
Tobacco addiction is deadly, a proven medical fact, no ifs, buts or maybes, even in moderation. Alcohol is fine in moderation and easy for the consumer to control, the trouble is many don't want to control their alcohol intake. Some will argue that a small bet occasionally does no harm, ie those that only bet on the Melbourne Cup. Gambling in itself doesn't kill you. I guess these are the differences.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Five will get you ten, they don't do a thing about these gambling adverts on TV. It is like betting on a sure thing!  Laughing
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
As a recent visitor to the UK, I had a little chuckle at this one! At least they have plenty of trains, including many running steam locos, to keep the interested occupied! Mr. Green
Graham4405
Hey, it's not a sterotype if it's true! There are some UK themed pubs here in SA, I only go to them when I want an un-fun night out.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Hey, it's not a sterotype if it's true! There are some UK themed pubs here in SA, I only go to them when I want an un-fun night out.
Aaron
Why would anyone go to one of those pubs - nothing like the real thing. Anyway continue to enjoy the excitement that is Adelaide.....

Saw Arsenal vs Marseille this week at the 60,000 seater Emirates stadium , Arsenal vs Everton in 10 days time, and Chelsea vs Stau Bucharest a few days later.

What's Adelaide got - Adelaide United and Hindmarsh Laughing

Off to see Billy Bragg on Monday night - I'll pass on your regards Razz

(of course it's all paid for with a Wonga loan)
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Why would anyone go to one of those pubs - nothing like the real thing. Anyway continue to enjoy the excitement that is Adelaide.....

Saw Arsenal vs Marseille this week at the 60,000 seater Emirates stadium , Arsenal vs Everton in 10 days time, and Chelsea vs Stau Bucharest a few days later.

What's Adelaide got - Adelaide United and Hindmarsh Laughing

Off to see Billy Bragg on Monday night - I'll pass on your regards Razz

(of course it's all paid for with a Wonga loan)
bingley hall
That last bit made me laugh!

In fairness to Adelaide they do get huge crowds for the AFL although it's an acquired local taste in comparison to 'soccer' isn't it.  And they are getting the Rolling Stones early next year in their brand-new Adelaide Oval.  Personally I was astonished to see they're all still alive and don't need zimmer frames.  Mick Jagger looks especially fit considering his age but I can't say the same thing about poor old Keif... he looks like he's lived several lives twice over.

Speaking of Old Blighty I was interested to see a tram covered in Ladbrokes ads the other day - I guess they are also making inroads here too.  Like we need even more gambling options...

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