Brazilian President postpones sports betting decision

Brazilian President postpones sports betting decision

Friday, August 14, 2015 Totally Gaming
Dilma Rousseff's government wants more time to consider the bill

Brazilian fixed-odds sports betting legislation has been stalled by President Dilma Rousseff.

A bill to establish a legal framework was presented by Sen Ciro Nogueira last year - with its proponent suggesting that illegal and unregulated betting was worth R$18 billion (€7.2bn/$8bn) every year in the South American nation - and was passed to the executive in July 2015.

Bill 671-2015 did not include provision for online gaming, despite Nogueira initially pushing for it to be licensed, but would add sports betting to the land-based lottery, bingo and licensed track racing events currently allowed.

However, President Rousseff and government ministers said that 671-2015 needed further assessment in order to protect consumers and to help the government better understand the impact of licensed sports betting on society.

Sen Nogueira launched his bill last July, just a few months after the Internet Bill of Rights had banned online transactions related to gaming and gave the state the authority to block sites accused of flouting local conventions. Previously legality was based on the laws in the jurisdiction that the online operator was licensed.

At the time, Nogueira pointed to the business and social positives that could be gleaned from regulating an industry that was deemed acceptable in most of the world.

“A bill is necessary since a prohibitive approach to gambling does not work, as the truth is that no one will ever give up playing only because that is forbidden," Nogueira

“Among the 193 countries that are members of the United Nations. Some 75.52 percent of them have legalised gambling, while Brazil is among the 24.48 per cent who do not.

“Among the 156 countries that comprise the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), 71.16 per cent of them have chosen to legalise gambling. And we have to consider that 75 per cent of the countries that haven't done so are Islamic, and are therefore anti-gambling because of their religious beliefs.”

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