German Soccer Organizations Consider Entering Bookmaking Business

27 April 2005

The German Soccer League (DFL) and the German Soccer Association (DFB) are planning to launch soccer betting products at the start of the 2006/07 season. The two organizations will ask members this week to sign off on their proposal to launch their own betting services.

In addition to seeking profits, the umbrella organizations are hoping the initiative will help them control and prevent betting rings. German soccer was shaken a few months ago by cases of referees being bribed to fix matches.

The German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe will rule this year on the legality of the betting monopoly in Germany.

Rob van der Gaast has a background in sports journalism. He worked for over seven years as the head of sports for Dutch National Radio and has developed new concepts for the TV and the gambling industry. Now he operates from Istanbul as an independent gambling research analyst. He specializes in European gambling matters and in privatizations of gambling operators. Rob has contributed to IGN since Jul 09, 2001.