Spain bans gambling firms from sponsoring La Liga clubs. According to a report in El Pais, gambling companies are no longer allowed to appear as front-of-shirt sponsors for La Liga clubs next season.
This comes as Spanish Consumer Affairs Minister Alberto Garzón announces a set of steps that will beef up betting company legislation including limits on marketing deals and access to advertising. Eight teams in La Liga currently feature a gaming firm as their primary sponsor for the jersey.
The ban follows the approval of laws as part of Spain’s “Royal Decree on Advertising” which currently permits a four-hour advertising window for betting companies, but does not authorise any exposure out of the timeframe.
In addition to the ban on shirt sponsorships, the new decree prevents gambling companies from sponsoring stadium names or any other aspect associated with the teams.
Garzón had altered the wording of the ruling to state that “sponsorship in sports T-shirts or equipment will not be admissible”, with gambling companies already banned from featuring on youth shirts.