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Alberta sports groups dependant on gambling

19 February 2007

EDMONTON, Alberta – As reported by the Edmonton Journal: "The moral dilemma is certainly not lost on Vern Gerhardt, the executive director of Basketball Alberta.

"Gerhardt knows that without Alberta government funding, the sports governing body he works for would be hooped and amateur basketball in the province would suffer greatly.

"He also knows that all the government money Basketball Alberta gets comes from gambling revenues.

"…Basketball Alberta and hundreds of other not-for-profit amateur sports groups all rely on the province for a significant portion of their funding.

"While the level of that funding varies widely from group to group, on average, most amateur sports organizations receive at least a quarter of their revenues from the province, according to Ian Reade, the former athletic director of the University of Alberta, who did a research paper on gambling's dollar trail into amateur sports.

"But the cold hard fact is that all of this government money comes from gambling revenues, not just some of it…"

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