The Sports Association
of Hesse (Landessportbund) has called for major changes to
Germany's State Treaty on Gambling, warning that sports in the state are
missing out on vital funds as a result of the long-running impasse.
notes that almost half a year has passed since the Hessian Adminstrative Court
ruled that the concession process to award Germany's twenty sports
betting licences was unlawful.
“Since then nothing
has happened,” Landessportbund president Dr Rolf Müller said. “This has
resulted in the award of concessions for sports betting providers being on hold
“Organised sports are
in urgent need of funds from sports betting to fulfil their social
responsibilities in a viable manner,” he said.
“Each day lost through
the impasse over the Treaty is a day lost for the promotion of sports. And too
many days have been lost.”
Müller and his
association are therefore urging the Minister Presidents of Germany’s
16 states, who are due to hold a conference this week, to act quickly to
end the current stalemate.
has more than two million individual members from 7,800 sporting
clubs, 54 sporting associations and 13 specialist bodies, and works for the
development of sports in the state of Hesse. It supports social causes
serving the interests of women, girls, minors, the elderly, the disabled
The association is
among those that back proposals put forward by
Hesse Interior Minister Peter Beuth in October 2015, after he admitted that
the State Treaty has “failed” in its current form.
that the limit on the number of available sports betting licences be removed
and operators allowed to offer casino and poker products alongside sports
betting. He also argued that the Glücksspielkollegium, the current gambling
regulator in Germany, be scrapped in favour of a new federal regulator.
“Now is the time for
the states to agree with one another and find a solution that will ensure no
further damage is inflicted on organised sports,” Müller concluded.