#910 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 15 Jun 2014.
The NSW Council of Churches supports calls by the Victorian Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce for a ban on sports betting advertising after the latest offensive marketing campaign stunt.
“Sportsbet has demonstrated again the depths they are willing to sink to in the pursuit of profits,” Taskforce Chair Dr Mark Zirnsak said.
They would have known that the use of Christ the Redeemer to promote their business would be offensive to most of the Christian community. What is truly offensive is they would have calculated that the controversy they have caused will give them hundreds of thousands of dollars of free advertising in the media.
Dr Zirnsak said it was time to put an end to such cynical and unethical behaviour. He said most people found sports betting advertising intrusive and it detracted from the enjoyment of sport. And children were being indoctrinated by the gambling industry to link sport with gambling.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.