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Australian Rugby League Takes Anti-Gambling Stance

17 February 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Queensland Courier Mail: "The NRL has a strict new anti-gambling stance - and to show its hard-line position is genuine, rugby league's governing body will lose about AUD$100,000 (US$59,101) in a re-negotiated contract with SportsTAB.

"The NRL does not want the TAB to continue its claim to being the game's `official betting agency'.

"It is understood the NRL wants to distance itself from sports betting agencies.

"The NRL felt a sense of hypocrisy in allowing the TAB to be the game's official betting agency while refusing to allow players and officials to bet on matches.

"…Players and officials caught betting on matches are reprimanded or heavily fined by the NRL.

"…The current TAB deal, which expires next month, is said to be worth about $300,000 but the new contract - where the NRL has restructured the TAB's role - will be substantially less, by an estimated $100,000.

"…TAB public affairs manager Peter Fletcher said his organisation accepted the NRL's decision…"

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