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Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby BriM » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:47 pm

Hey guys, here's an interesting article on an interesting issue. What do you reckon about sports betting commentary?



"Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse will be called to attend a specially convened parliamentary hearing into the spread of gambling into live sporting broadcasts.

The 30-year-old Waterhouse has a multimillion-dollar deal with Channel Nine to exclusively spruik odds during football coverage but questions are being asked in Canberra as to whether he is sidestepping a new code of conduct designed to delineate the roles of commentator and bookmaker."



Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/waterhouse-to-face-gambling-inquiry-20130326-2gs9r.html#ixzz2PGp7F5EG
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby ansert » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:47 pm

I think it's incredibly sad the way the young people bet on sporting games now, we used to just go to the footy and enjoy it, hope our team won and that was it. Now the kids have their phones out the whole time placing bets, they barely even glance at the game, no wonder they are getting into trouble :angry:
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby doug » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:19 am

i am not really supprised at this, sports is mostly about money these days, or getting into trouble if your a player.

if your a player and have a genuine love of the game then you are a true Champion..

Will the young generation get caught up in this ..absolutely, and in a negative way

The saddest thing in my opinon is that each new generation it handed down a lower quality of what life can be like.

There isn't much good left in society in general,,,its there of course but you have to dig alot deeper to find it,,, and be completely self aware that is something better out there. And when your young, and todays society seems to be the norm,

then you will almost need to be trasnported back to the 1950's to see how much things have changed, and how people even YOUNG people where happy with what they had and what they were doing.
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Bull » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:27 am

I cannot believe this idea was even contemplated by the media.

As if they're not making enough through online and sports betting at the moment?

I have a friend of mine who loves the footy and always goes with his young son. He just bought the foxtel footy package because he isn't going to the games any more. Reason? He hates that gambling adverts on either side of the scoreboard and doesn't want to send his son the wrong message.

So true.
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby BriM » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:20 pm

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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Stephen M » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:30 pm

I saw this on Media Watch last week. It's dealing with similar stuff to that article that Bri posted from the Age: Tom Waterhouse giving the betting odds for his bookie business on Channel 9 sport. Like betting is just part of sport :/

http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/video/default.htm?src=/broadbandmediawatch/xml/20130408_2120.xml

They show the changes since Nine supposedly implemented its new code of conduct but there's not really much to make you think that he's not just part of the sports news, rather than a bookie advertising his business.

He's being asked to front a parliamentary hearing to decide if he's sidestepping the code, but I don't know if anything will come out of that. When it comes to 'gaming' Packer and others have shown they can get the rules changed if they fork out the moolah.

I don't know how important Nine think it is to be seen to care about responsible gambling. Do you reckon the enquiry will make any difference to what Tom Waterhouse is allowed to do during sport?

Really interested to hear what you think about this because this is really about changing the playing field (so to speak, didn't realise what I'd typed till afterwards :P).

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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Linda2 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:28 pm

Hey at least he is easy on the eyes! And he is a busniess man, from my point of view I gamble at a Casino but know one forces me to go thier, that is my decision to go and play the pokies or the other games. So as far as betting on the horses is it not the same, no ones forces you to put a bet on and on. It goes back to not exceeding what you can afford to lose and for some and myself that is the most difficult part of all. It stopping after begining. And what's more strange it that I have never bet more than $5 each way on a horse. But I can blow $3,000 in a night on a poker machine. Go figure!

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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Linda2 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:49 pm

Hi Bri

Sorry my rant missed the point completely!

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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Stephen M » Thu May 09, 2013 3:28 pm

Linda2 (20/04/2013)Hey at least he is easy on the eyes! And he is a busniess man, from my point of view I gamble at a Casino but know one forces me to go thier, that is my decision to go and play the pokies or the other games. So as far as betting on the horses is it not the same, no ones forces you to put a bet on and on. It goes back to not exceeding what you can afford to lose and for some and myself that is the most difficult part of all. It stopping after begining. And what's more strange it that I have never bet more than $5 each way on a horse. But I can blow $3,000 in a night on a poker machine. Go figure!

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Check out this article, Linda2 (and everybody else).

http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/05/06/gambling-industry-insider-youre-lowering-all-our-odds-tom/

It's interesting you make the point that everybody's criticising Tom Waterhouse for promoting sports betting, but nobody's talking about the problems pokies causes.

That's part of the point the article makes. Tony Abbott has said he'll intervene (if the Libs get in) unless TV networks get rid of live gambling but he doesn't say anything about the type of gambling that's causing the most harm.

Question for everybody: Do you reckon Tom's any worse than anybody else in the industry, or just louder and more overexposed?

I'd be interested to hear.
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