Lottery boss upset by CFL exposure for online betting site
British registered gambling site Bet365 had advertising presence during CFL game played in Moncton
The head of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation says an illegal, offshore gambling site was advertising at the recent CFL game in Moncton.
Bet365 was among the advertisers at the games between the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tigercats that was played in Moncton on Sept. 20. Bet365 offers online gambling including sports betting and poker.
Atlantic Lottery CEO Brent Scrimshaw pointed it out Tuesday when he appeared before the Crown corporations committee of the New Brunswick Legislature.
"The signs of one of those operators was painted on the field and displayed on the sidelines, and marketing teams worked the crowd," said Scrimshaw.
Scrimshaw says such sites are taking business away from his corporation -- without returning any profits to taxpayers.
"So unlike Atlantic Lottery, these offshore, unregulated and illegal sites do not operate with responsible gaming as part of their DNA" said Scrimshaw. "They do not have a stake in the well-being of Atlantic Canadians."
The Hamilton CFL team is listed as a Bet365 partner on the company's website.
The team did not return calls from CBC on the matter and the league declined to comment.
Their profits buy boats and beachfront properties, not books, not hospital beds.- Brent Scrimshaw, Atlantic Lottery CEO
Bet365's site is registered in England, beyond the reach of Canadian laws that restrict gambling.
Scrimshaw calls such offshore sites illegal and says, unlike Atlantic Lottery, they don't help pay for government services.
"Their profits buy boats and beachfront properties, not books, not hospital beds," said Scrimshaw.
Atlantic Lottery is asking the governments that created it for the right to launch its own online betting.
Atlantic Lottery estimates it lost $64-million dollars to online gambling sites like Bet365 last year.