The New Jersey gaming regulator has asked the state media not to mention the international online bookmakers who are not authorized to operate in that market.
The director of the New Jersey Games Application Division (DGE), David Rebuck mentioned the issue in an advisory bulletin issued Tuesday on “media references to unauthorized sports betting websites” in which he emphasized of “the importance of not supporting or referring to sports betting operators on the Internet”, which are not authorized by DGE.
DGE has called attention to the references that the media make of sports bookmakers to transmit data about betting odds related to future sporting events. Likewise, some proposition bets in which sports celebrities or political figures are involved.
In DGE’s opinion this is a bad practice since sports betting houses that cite the media do not have the approval of the DGE and, consequently, “lack consumer protections, integrity protocols and laundering controls money,” apart from not paying taxes to the state.
Rebuck wants the media to “only obtain information from licensed sites in New Jersey or another jurisdiction.” However, most online bookmakers operating in the state have a license issued in New Jersey.
The DGE representative believes that the media should limit “the discussion about the odds of betting for an event when there is no authorized source available.” Therefore, if DGE has not authorized bets for a given event, the media must ignore it and do as if it were not happening.
The caveat is made that the media could refer to betting odds, only if they warn the public beforehand that the betting site does not have DGE approval and then directs viewers or readers to the DGE website where you can get a complete list of authorized sites.
If Rebuck’s claims were fulfilled, the media would become a sort of affiliate of DGE licensees and, therefore, would they then have the right to claim some type of revenue share?
The DGE also does not want online media to include links to international gambling sites in their content, since there is a risk that players will be betting there.
If a gaming operator communicates with a media employee, must inform the DGE to verify if the operator or perhaps the betting market has the approval of the DGE.
Failure to comply with the warnings or violate the provisions of DGE, authorized online gambling affiliates may face “appropriate civil or criminal penalties.”