All sites registered under UKGC use their license need to follow the rules and regulations laid by them. One such regulation is the mandatory use of GamStop. GamStop is a blocking software developed by the UKGC in April 2018 (United Kingdom Gambling Commission) which imposes a ban on online casinos for punters who get addicted to gambling.
The players or their family members could voluntarily register on GamStop self-exclusion schemes. GamStop, like any other blockers such as GamBan, BetBlocker, and others, efficiently blocks gambling sites for a chosen period. The period may range from 6 months to five years. However, gamblers can still use sites for betting not on GamStop in the UK to continue placing bets on their favourite sports. Punters may reissue the program, but punters can never get access to the sites before their exclusion period gets over.
UKGC and GamStop are promoters of responsible gambling and offer partnership deals to Golf Clubs and Golf Players. GamStop has already made partnership deals with a few golf clubs, football clubs, and players.
Although the partnership could be good for their image, the profit made from the deal is questionable. For instance, they lose sponsorship from the enormous gambling world and always look for subsidies and funds to sustain the club.
Lack Of Sponsorships
It is essential to understand that GamStop is not against gambling. Instead, it helps punters who got addicted to gambling. Self-exclusion schemes provided by GamStop help problem gamblers to suppress their urge to gamble. Compulsive gambling is not suitable for punters or their families as it draws them to never-ending debts.
Gambling site operators make a profit from the punter’s excessive gambling habits. The more they lose, the more profit the company makes. So, it is undeniable that uncontrolled gambling is a favourable phenomenon for gambling companies. GamStop prevents rampant gambling through its responsible gambling schemes. So, both Gamstop and online casinos cannot go hand in hand in the case of sponsorship deals. On the other hand, each of the licensing authorities such as UKGC, Malta and Curacao have made responsible gambling mandatory.
Although many operators would disagree, casino operators are not expected to sponsor a golf player already supporting blockers such as GamStop.
The gambling industry and sports industry have almost merged. Various gambling sites and online casinos sponsor most sports clubs and players. Today, the gambling industry is worth $465,763.9. It invests millions of US dollars in sports to promote its casinos and especially sportsbooks and betting. Partnership with GamStop could mean losing all such sponsorship offers because no other industry drains as much money as the gambling industry in sports.
Lack of Funds For The Golf Clubs
Golf is one of the most popular game watches in the UK. Gambling companies support golf players and clubs by offering various deals such as sponsorship, partnership deals, promotion deals, and additional funds for the development of the golf clubs. Gambling companies sponsor a golf team by investing each member, their expenses, practice matches, etc. They pay for the team’s maintenance and development. What do they get in return? Gambling sites get their logos printed on everything from jerseys to water bottles to banners of the match. In this way, they get a promotion when the game is live. When reputable golf players play the game wearing an online casino’s logo, the site receives popularity and a trust factor from the golf fans. Fans tend to get convinced to use a product if their favourite player advertises it.
Supporting GamStop could result in the termination of partnership deals with the gambling companies. Soon, the golf clubs would run out of money to conduct any event or train a player.
Constant Need for New Sponsors
If golf players start showing their support for GamStop and responsible gambling, casinos would soon turn down any sponsorship offer with the players or their club. Golf clubs and organisations supporting GamStop could be a critical decision as getting sponsors in the sports industry other than casinos is tough today. Once a club decides to partner with GamStop for its anti-compulsive gambling program, sponsorship deals with gambling companies would eventually terminate.
Soon, the clubs would be required to beg for sponsorship deals constantly. No company in the gambling industry would be interested in sponsoring a club that supports something that could harm their own business. So, if they do not get enough sponsors, clubs would need to sell off their skilful players to other clubs for money. They would soon require to buy other players to fill up the positions. Once the club players get replaced, the team would not be able to perform as well as the primary unit. It would mean well-known clubs will lose to other teams in leagues and championships. Soon, the downfall of the club would be evident to the public.
Various business deals such as sponsorship, partnership, promotions, etc., run the sports industry. The prominent investor in the sports industry is the gambling companies, as sports betting is a significant feature of their online casinos. Betting and Sports go together on today’s date. Thus, supporting GamStop could cost more than golf players could ever imagine.