A new government decree provides for a ban on gambling advertising in Spain. The ordinance will prevent advertising of gambling outside of the hours of 1 am to 5 am to protect vulnerable consumers.
Consumer Affairs Minister Alberto Garson said:
“From August 31, a ban on advertising of gambling and betting comes into force. That was not easy. Football and other competitions will become healthier, cleaner and more in line with the values of the sport. ”
Under the law, companies will also be able to show gambling offers to registered customers only, while sports clubs will no longer be able to allow gambling companies to advertise on t-shirts and equipment.
In addition, advertisements for gambling in sports stadiums when they host live events need to be aligned with the same schedule as elsewhere.
According to the decree, companies that do not comply with the rules will be punished with fines ranging from 100,000 to 1 million euros.
Audiovisual communications service providers in Spain will be subject to the sanctions set out in the General Audiovisual Communications Act of March 31st, with fines regulated by CNMC, the Spanish authority that enforces competition law for companies.