Bayern Munich executive Jörg Wacker criticises Interstate Treaty’s ‘false protections’

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 FC Bayern Munich board member Jörg Wacker has become the latest German sports and business figurehead to criticise the online betting restrictions of the nation’s ‘Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling’ inbound for 2021.Despite Lander (state) consensus being reached on eliminating restrictions on online casino products, Germany’s Bundesrat (Federal Council) maintains controversial requirements attached to sports betting, restricting monthly player deposits to €1000 and yet to be determined in-play wagering bet types.Speaking to German tabloid BILD, Wacker advises Lander (state) executives to revise their agreed federal mandate on sports betting as ‘the regulation does not fit market realities’.Wacker, the former Managing Director of Bwin Deutschland, who has served as a Bayern Munich executive board member since 2013 overseeing the football club’s internationalisation projects, detailed scepticism as to whether Treaty provisions would end market uncertainties.Speaking on the German market’s current context, Wacker stated: “The term illegal is completely unsuitable for the majority of German operators, who hold EU licenses and are sanctioned by Schleswig-Holstein” (the only federal state to issue online betting licences).“The legal situation has not been clarified for 15-years, but that does not mean that operators are illegal. German bookmakers paid €500 million in tax revenues last year, meaning that there is a legal basis in which they operate.”The executive would defend Bayern Munich against criticism of its sponsorship with bookmaker Tipico, stating that the Bavarian club only partnered with ‘market leaders’.Wacker would retort Bundesrat justifications for the Treaty’s strict in-play wagering and monthly €1000 deposit restrictions, as a means of better controlling sports integrity and gambling addiction.He added: “Is it really like that? If products like in-play betting and poker are allowed does Germany suddenly become a land of gambling addicts… Sodom and Gomorrah! These products have been offered in Germany without restrictions for over a decade now and that outcome has simply not happened.“The same applies to game manipulation. A €1000 deposit limit and a ban on live betting carry the greater risk of consumers migrating to the black market, where they will wager higher amounts. The black market is easy to find these days, so we are better off keeping players legal.”Wacker’s comments follow the publication of a letter sent by Mathias Dahms, President of the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV), where he warned Bundesrat warning officials of black market consequences should wagering restrictions be maintained.Dahms underlined the DSWV continued stance that Interstate Treaty provisions in their current frameworks would fail in any attempt to create an effective consumer channelization strategy for regulated market incumbents. Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Kershaw’s scoreless innings streak broken as L.A. Dodgers lose to Pirates in 10 innings

first_imgDodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins played a tremendous all-around game. Howie Kendrick backed him up in the lineup with two RBIs.But ah, the bullpen.The Pirates loaded the bases twice in the late innings with no outs — in the eighth against Avilan and again in the 10th against Johnson (2-4). Left-hander J.P. Howell took over for Johnson to face Alvarez, a left-handed hitter. Alvarez stroked a line drive over a five-man infield — no fielder was within 100 feet of where the ball landed in right field — to drive in Jung-Ho Kang with the winning run.“I wanted to pick my boy up. It’s brutal,” Howell said. “(Bad) way to end the game. We battled the whole way.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For his part, Johnson pointed to the unpredictable nature of the sport.“If I execute one pitch a little better we don’t have this conversation,” he said after the game. “It’s just the way this game is, the fractions of inches we deal with.”After walking Kang to lead off the 10th, Johnson allowed a single by Francisco Cervelli through the shortstop hole and a bunt single by Sean Rodriguez.“As far as execution, that (single by Cervelli) was a poorly executed pitch,” Johnson said. “The leadoff walk didn’t help either.”It might be easy to dismiss one inch Friday as an unhappy accident if the Dodgers’ bullpen didn’t have an ERA over 4.00 for the season, ranking among the 10 worst units in the major leagues. They have used 20 different pitchers in relief, so it’s tough to blame just one or two men.Using a small sample size to evaluate the new guys is dangerous. Johnson has faced 12 batters as a Dodger and allowed five hits; two were home runs. Yet before Friday, he hadn’t walked a batter in more than a month or allowed a home run since the second week of the season.In his two appearances since the the trade, Avilan has faced five batters each time. Each time he’s allowed a single, a walk, and recorded three outs. Yet before Tuesday he hadn’t allowed runs in back-to-back appearances all season.Managing a bullpen isn’t an exact science, either. Avilan had been up and down, throwing then resting then throwing again, before he finally entered the game in the eighth inning with a runner on first and nobody out in a 4-4 game. The Pirates loaded the bases on a single and a walk. Then Avilan induced three weak groundouts to escape the jam without allowing a run.Johnson had only recorded more than three outs in a game twice this season. But when manager Don Mattingly asked him how he felt after a scoreless, 12-pitch ninth inning, Johnson said he felt fine. So he went back to the mound, only to load the bases without recording an out.Howell only started throwing in the 10th inning and was warm by the time he was summoned to face Alvarez.“That’s ideal,” Howell said. “It’s like, no problem.”Five pitches later, on a 2-2 changeup, he allowed a solid line drive to end the game.There was no rhyme or reason Friday. Just a familiar sense of dread getting the ball to closer Kenley Jansen, who never got his chance.“I think the guys we have back there are doing a good job,” Kershaw said. “Obviously Avi and J.J. have a proven track record of getting guys out late in games. You saw that tonight. Avi got out a of a big jam, bases loaded and nobody out. That was huge. J.J. had that really good (ninth) inning before the last one. It happens sometimes.”The Dodgers’ bullpen has been charged with 19 losses this season, more than all but seven teams. Last year, the Dodgers’ bullpen was charged with 24 losses. Indeed, it happens sometimes. Friday, it happened again.center_img PITTSBURGH >> The Dodgers acquired two relief pitchers ahead of this year’s trade deadline from the Atlanta Braves, left-hander Luis Avilan and right-hander Jim Johnson. Since the front office hasn’t been given a specific limit to its player payroll — now reportedly at $297 million for luxury-tax purposes, a record — it was fair to expect the Dodgers would shoot for the moon to upgrade what had been an increasingly shaky unit.In losing 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings on Friday, the bullpen looked shakier than it did before the deadline. The two new guys didn’t always look great.The dramatic ending, a walk-off single by Pedro Alvarez over a drawn-in infield, obscured many things on the Dodgers’ part — some good and some bad.Clayton Kershaw suffered through his worst start since May, allowing four runs in six innings and halting his scoreless-innings streak at 37. Pirates ace Gerrit Cole wasn’t much better, allowing three runs in six innings.last_img read more