German Sports Betting Association targets ‘sensible’ regulatory reform

German Sports Betting Association targets ‘sensible’ regulatory reform

Monday, September 29, 2014 Totally Gaming

A newly-established representative organisation for betting companies seeking to operate in the German sports betting market will seek “sensible” reform of the current regulatory regime, according to general director Luka Andric.

Andric, who is also managing director of Deutsche Sportwetten, will serve on the senior management team of the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV).

Deutsche Sportwetten is one of the 11 founding members of the DSWV alongside Admiral, Bet365, Betfair, BetterBet, Cashpoint, Happybet, Ladbrokes, MyBet, Stanleybet and Tipico.

“The newly-formed DSWV was set up to represent the interests of its members and to speak on behalf of the sports betting industry with one voice,” Andric told TotallyGaming.com

“Since licence applications are an area where our members compete we have decided that DSWV will not take an active role in this process. 

“Nevertheless, we keep our members informed about the latest developments and we generally aim to reform the current state treaty regime, which is the legal basis for the licensing process.  

“We serve as the primary point of contact for politicians, regulators and the media in all matters relating to the regulation of sports betting in Germany.

“We are working towards a sensible, competitive reform of the current regulatory regime and aim for rules that strike a fair balance between operators’ commercial interests and the state’s legitimate need to regulate the market.”

Betterbet founder and chief executive Matthias Dahms will serve as the DSWV’s president while Dr Dirk Quermann and Dr Hans Wolfram Kessler have both been appointed as vice-presidents. The team will also comprise senior policy advisers Sebastian Frevel and Boris Barth.

Some of the founding members have been frustrated in their attempts to obtain sports betting licences in the country.

Earlier this month, the Administrative Court of Wiesbaden suspended the process of awarded federal licences to 20 successful applicants just hours before they were due to be granted following complaints by a dozen operators who had been unsuccessful in their initial applications.

The Hesse Ministry of the Interior and Sport was due to award licences to the likes of Bet-at-home, Betfair, Bwin.party, Digibet, Ladbrokes, MyBet, Oddset and Sportwetten.

“We are always happy to have discussions with any other operators who might be interested in joining the association as long as they satisfy the membership criteria,” Andric added.

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