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Football Association: Bet365

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Football Association on its partnership with Bet365.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State

I have spoken with the Chief of the Executive of the Football Association to hear the background of the sale of rights to IMG, which in turn resulted in Bet365 and other betting companies providing live streaming of FA Cup fixtures to account holders. Betting and Gaming Council rights holders in this deal have relinquished any exclusivity over these rights, so that they may now be streamed outside of betting environments, and the FA are exploring how they can rescind these deals. I shall be meeting with the FA this week to discuss their next steps.

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