From the archive: football’s relationship with gambling – Football Weekly Extra

In October 2020, Max Rushden was joined by Barry Glendenning and Philippe Auclair to examine the game’s ‘gamblification’. We hear from James Grimes, who was a gambling addict for 12 years, Rob Davies, the Guardian’s business reporter specialising in the gambling industry, and Brigid Simmonds, chair of the Betting and Gaming Council


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A few weeks before this episode was recorded in October 2020, we discussed whether it was OK for someone in the media to accept work from a bookmaker. Lots of you got in touch – including someone who’s overcome a serious addiction and is still dealing with the consequences of it – but is helping others who have found themselves in the same situation.

On this pod we speak to him, as well as the Guardian’s gambling expert and the chair of the Betting and Gaming Council to find out what each of them think is right, and wrong, with the industry.

We talk about the increasing “gamblification” of football and asked whose responsibility it is to regulate the industry and help people who have become addicted.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this episode, the following resources are available:



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