PSV Eindhoven consults fans on potential gambling deals

Dutch Eredivisie leading club PSV Eindhoven is seeking feedback from fans about the prospect of the striking a commercial partnership with an online gambling company.

Local newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad has confirmed that the football club had sent out letters to its fans requesting their views on gambling promotions, with a potential deal estimated to be worth between €1m (£900,000/$1.1m) and €1.5m per year.

“We have had internal discussions about this. It’s a bit of a grey area. This will soon be legal and will bring money to the club, but it is too easy to regard everything that brings in money as desirable,” explained Harrie Timmermans, the chairman of the PSV Supporters’ Association.

Ajax and Feyenoord, other leading clubs in the country, are also reported to be considering options in the online gambling industry.

The news comes as Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch regulator, is implementing further measures to open up igaming market from 1 January 2021. Back in February, the country’s Senate ratified the Remote Gaming Act which is set to come into force from 1 July 2020, after which the KSA will begin processing licence applications.

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