What’s On Sportsmail’s Reporters New Year’s Wishlists For 2021

The year 2020 is one many are going to look back on largely for the wrong reasons due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has caused havoc around the world in so many various aspects of life – including sport.

However, as we approach 2021 we can all hope that the new year brings about positivity and time for change.

And on that note, Sportsmail’s reporters have provided their New Year’s wishlist for their respective sports ahead of the upcoming 12 months – ranging from potential mouthwatering showdowns to greater reforms.

MIKE KEEGAN (Football)
Fans, fans, fans. Simple, really. Football without the punters is soulless, boring and a pale imitation of what it should be. Here’s hoping it’s safe for them to return in proper numbers over the next 12 months.
Football, like all sports, has been sterile without fans being able to attend due to the Covid-19

MATT BARLOW (Football)
We all knew it but nine months of football in empty – or near empty – venues has confirmed it simply isn’t the same without the roar of the crowd.shibanpharma.com So, yes, it would be nice to see the Premier League season develop into a genuine title race.

It would be great if England could perform well at the Euros. I’d love them to stop players falling over when barely touched and reverse the impact VAR has had on the game. But most of all I’d like to see fans able to safely return to our football grounds. I’d like to feel the noise.

Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9, 2020 was the last time there was a packed stadium for a Premier League game before the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK
MIKE DICKSON (Tennis)
The younger players in the men’s game finally breaking through; the game working together to bring in enhancements; the Brits at all levels of the rankings making progress.

Those would be the three things on my wishlist for 2021, although I cannot say with certainty that any of them will come about.

The race between the men’s ‘Big Three’ to end up with the most Grand Slams will be the over-arching theme, but it would be made all the more interesting if that is complicated by the likes of Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev having a major say in who wins the biggest events.

All the problems brought by Covid ought to focus minds on improving the (awful word) ‘product’. Let’s make more efforts to cut out dead time in matches, allow players to express themselves, and also introduce some faster court speeds.
We would all love to see Andy Murray somewhere near back to his best, but he will not be around forever. We need to see signs of more British players maxing out their ability, as Dan Evans was doing in 2020.
Hopefully Dan Evans can carry his bright start of 2020, before Covid hit, into the 2021 season

JEFF POWELL (Boxing)
Boxing Day. Time to go cold turkey and focus on what we want from the hardest old game in 2021.

First, foremost and soon as possible if you please Messrs Fury and Joshua, let’s get it on. We’ve been waiting long enough and this must not drift over the horizon and out of sight like Lennox Lewis vs Riddick Bowe, Amir Khan vs Kell Brook, Joe Calzaghe vs Carl Froch… etc, etc.

We also need Covid-19 to take the 10 count so prize-fighting can fill with roaring fans all the halls from small to the 02 – as well as Wembley Stadium. And even more importantly bring the amateurs out of lockdown so that our next generation of champions are not lost.

Promoters also need to pay heed to the WBC’s new campaign to prevent mismatches. Too many brave, honest Joes have been sacrificed on the altar of rising stars padding out their records.

And when it comes to the superstars, would Canelo Alvarez kindly stop beating up Brits for fun and take the trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin which this sport needs to settle once and for all who is the greatest of their era.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin need to finally agree to a trilogy bout in 2021

DEREK LAWRENSON (Golf)
We’re due an update in March on a project undertaken by the governing bodies into how far the golf ball travels – and you don’t need 20-20 vision to see that something urgently needs to be done before drives of 400 yards become commonplace.

Inside the ropes, let’s hope Rory McIlroy finally gets over the line to achieve the career Grand Slam at the Masters, and a home golfer pulls off a rare victory at The Open at Royal St George’s. Let’s hope Jordan Spieth rediscovers his game and Bryson DeChambeau continues to make jaws drop.

In September, let’s pray for a full-on blast of normal life, with thousands of Yanks screaming ‘USA! USA!’ and it all comes down to the final putt at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.
Rory McIlroy will hope to end his wait for a career Majors Grand Slam by winning The Masters

JOE BERNSTEIN (Football)
The concept of ‘level’ should be reintroduced to offsides as the VAR technology is not good enough to be fully accurate in marginal decisions. James Maddison’s disallowed goal versus Tottenham is a perfect example of this as the ball was already airborne from James Justin’s pass when they drew the lines. When it is so tight you have to zoom in on armpits and shoelaces. Just stick with the ref’s original judgement.

Goalline technology works because people trust it regardless of the small fractions involved. It only has to judge one ball and one line. Offside has to adjudicate on two different players and the precise moment a ball is played maybe 50 yards away. It is a myth to think they are coming up with the correct decisions.
James Maddison’s goal against Tottenham was controversially disallowed after a VAR check

TOM COLLOMOSSE (Football)
Let’s make the FA Cup more like the Coupe de France, surely the greatest knockout competition of them all. The charm of the Coupe is that higher-ranked clubs always have to play away from home when drawn against sides from lower tiers, meaning clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon often have to travel to amateur teams in the sixth or seventh tier of French football, playing in poor conditions in tiny stadiums.

If there were the same format in England, so many routine third-round ties next month would suddenly become exciting: imagine reversing Chelsea vs Morecambe, Everton vs Rotherham and Burnley vs MK Dons. It may go against the grain of modern politics, but it is time to look across the Channel for solutions.
Should the FA Cup take the format of the Coupe de France to revitalise the competition?

PAUL NEWMAN (Cricket)
It is, of course, everyone’s wish for crowds to return in 2021 and how we will relish the full houses at this summer’s Tests and white-ball matches should normality be back by summer.
But if I could hope for one thing to change in cricket this year it would be for Joe Root to reverse the trend of the last two Ashes tours and emulate Andrew Strauss 10 years ago with success in Australia next winter.

Root has already been in charge for two Ashes series – the first ended with him thrashed 4-0 and exhausted in Sydney and the second was a 2-2 draw that saw Australia retain the urn. Not many England captains could survive three without success, even one as popular as Root. So it is fair to assume this is his last chance.

And, whisper it, but despite Australia’s fast bowling excellence England really do have a decent chance of winning this time. But to do so they will probably need Jofra Archer to be fit and firing and will have to carefully navigate a path to protect their key players through the busiest of all cricketing years. Still, there is much to look forward to.
Joe Root knows he is under pressure to captain England to an Ashes series win Down Under

KIERAN GILL (Football)
For changes I’d like to see in 2021, see Sportsmail’s seven-point charter regarding dementia in football. Let’s finally find a suitable replacement for the PFA’s Gordon Taylor, whose exit has taken years to come to fruition.

Let’s get some proper protocols in place to look after sufferers of dementia. Let’s get a cap on heading in training. Let’s get temporary concussion substitutes ratified. As our back page said, enough is enough.
Former footballers and MP’s have taken Sportsmail’s dementia campaign to the Government
DANIEL MATTHEWS (Boxing)
If, and it remains and big if, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury collide in 2021 the resurgence which has long been bubbling in British boxing will come to the boil.
The only snag? No sport does self-destruct like boxing and, heading into a mammoth year, it remains beset with problems. Few need fixing more readily than the scoring – particularly in Britain, particularly in big fights.
Too often, two professional judges see two totally different fights unfold in one ring.

Too often it happens to foreign fighters on these shores. And too often rogue cards are explained away by the nonsensical notion that ‘it depends what you like’.
The criteria for winning rounds need to be clearer, simpler and more open to scrutiny.

So if promoters, governing bodies and the alphabet organisations running the sport are serious about its standing then they must find a collective solution.
Yeah, I never said it was realistic.

Heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury (left) and Anthony Joshua will hopefully face off twice in 2021

JONATHAN MCEVOY (F1)
If I could wave a magic wand, I’d put Max Verstappen in the Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Alas, this is far-fetched, as I fear is my second wish: namely that Mercedes flick Valtteri Bottas and replace him with George Russell, the Englishman who stepped in so brilliantly in Bahrain when the world was ruled out by Covid.
Either replacement for the Finn, who sadly is no match for Hamilton, would enliven the season.

Well, failing both eventualities happening, my hope is that Red Bull can make Hamilton fight for his record eighth title. Even Lewis wants this, as long as he prevails in the end.

There is reason for optimism. The outlawing of the Dual Axis Steering (DAS) device for next season offers encouragement, as does the fact Red Bull won the final race of last season on a traditionally Mercedes-dominated track in Abu Dhabi.
There is a great hope that Red Bull, and Max Verstappen, can challenge Mercedes next season

RICHARD GIBSON (Cricket)
Following a 2020 season without crowds, the thing that I look forward to most in 2021 is the return of spectators to county cricket. They are a committed bunch, emphasised by the donation of thousands of pounds of membership fees to their cash-hit clubs during the Covid pandemic.

Remember, cricket was the first sport to deal with a new season being launched during a time of coronavirus restrictions and the ECB did a superb job in conjunction with its 18 first-class counties to get two bite-size competitions on. However, the lack of fans really hit home on Twenty20 finals day in early October, the occasion on which the interaction between players and the crowd is at its best.

In addition to seeing socially-distanced attendances at Championship cricket from April onwards, how good would it be to see and hear the Eric Hollies Stand rocking to the tune of Sweet Caroline at a full Edgbaston by the end of the summer?
The return of crowds at county cricket will be a welcome sight, if permitted in September

IAN HERBERT (Football)
Football’s 2020 financial crisis revealed a vacuum at the top when it came to governance. Greg Clarke and Gordon Taylor led the FA and PFA through it. No more need be said.

So let 2021 be the year Heather Rabbatts is appointed to chair and lead the FA, bringing the vision, intelligence, powers of articulation and – where needed – the self-effacement that governing body needs.

And let it be the year when Gary Neville becomes the leader of the organisation that speaks for players, when Gordon Taylor is finally cast aside. The PFA chief executive’s role is not one he has aspired to. But Neville’s leading contribution to shrewd proposals, published in October, for an overhaul of the governance of the game, hinted at an appetite to lead.
The pandemic has laid bare football’s desperate lack of individuals capable of doing that.

Gary Neville is fast growing as the perfect candidate to become the new PFA chief executive

LAWRENCE BOOTH (Cricket)
My main wish is that cricket picks up where it left off at the end of the 2019 summer, when England won the World Cup and Ben Stokes kept performing miracles. The game felt ready to move to a new level.

Cricket did better than most sports between the first and second waves of the pandemic, but still incurred huge financial losses. To avoid further damage, it needs the crowds back, as soon as possible, and it needs to grab the imagination again: five Tests against India should help.
Oh, and England simply have to regain the Ashes later in the year, preferably with their fast bowlers – Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, perhaps even Olly Stone – creating merry hell for Australia’s batsmen. Well, we can dream…
England will need to ensure Jofra Archer is fit and firing on all cylinder to win regain the Ashes

CHRIS WHEELER (Football)
Besides a futile wish that VAR could be scrapped and consigned to history (it has taken away far more from football than it can ever give back), I would like to see a fresh clampdown on players feigning injury.

I’m not talking about the histrionics that win penalties, or even get an opponent sent off, just the endless succession of perfectly healthy young men rolling around on the floor screaming when they have barely been touched. The arm in the air used to denote a compound fracture or some other career-threatening injury. Now players are back up and running around seconds later without a hint of embarrassment.

The rule forcing injured players to go off for treatment was designed to discourage this kind of behaviour, but it seems to be worse than ever. Time to double down and keep the cheats on their feet.
It’s time the footballing authorities clamp down on players feigning injuries during matches

ROB DRAPER (Football)
The obvious: fans back, a pulsating Euro 2020 (2021), a full house for England versus Scotland with Harvey Barnes and Jack Grealish starring in a 4-0 win for England.

But also: gambling firms banned from advertising on football shirts, overseas betting partners outlawed, and promotional gambling activity with fans banned.

More research into degenerative brain disease among footballers, proper concussion subs with 10-minute temporary subs NOW and rulemakers IFAB to be accountable for their mistakes in introducing VAR.
Leeds are one of eight Premier League clubs who have a gambling brand as their shirt sponsor

CHRIS FOY (Rugby Union)
The Lions tour of South Africa is the beacon in the distance for rugby. It is the grand event which should drag the sport out of its COVID rut in 2021.
How it is needed. Every four years, the British and Irish crusades generate vast interest, but the next one could really galvanise the game by providing thunderous drama and also a vital financial boost for the host nation and the four home unions.

Despite the global pandemic, thousands of fans have already booked their trips to form another massive ‘Red Army’ on the other side of the equator. In 2017, there were astonishing scenes as spectators from these islands took over the New Zealand capital, Wellington, to see the Lions inflict the All Blacks’ first home defeat since 2009. Unless the virus intervenes, another such raucous but good-natured invasion is on the cards in Johannesburg, Cape Town and beyond.
The British and Irish Lions will return in 2021 as they look to beat world champions South Africa

It will have been a dozen years since the Lions last visited South Africa. The tour in 2009 culminated in a brutal, fluctuating, pulsating Test series, which the Springboks won 2-1. They were world champions then, as they are again now, so another daunting challenge awaits for a travelling squad which is once again under the command of Warren Gatland.

The Kiwi has overseen a sustained revival of the whole Lions concept, by masterminding a series win over Australia in 2013 and the 1-1 draw with the All Blacks four years later.arizona.edu The stakes will be as high as ever because the Lions are always fighting against the threat of sporting extinction in a crowded calendar, despite being adored by public and players alike.

Every aspect of the crusade is the subject of huge scrutiny and intrigue, from the choice of head coach to the appointment of assistant coaches, selection of the squad and captain, and the contest for Test places as the tour unfolds. Maro Itoje is seen as the front-runner for the captaincy and at a time when rugby is under increasing pressure to diversify, having Saracens’ England lock and Siya Kolisi as rival black skippers in the Test series would be a powerful statement of progress.
Maro Itoje (right) is among the leading candidates to captain the Lions on their 2021 tour

While the Lions tour looms as rugby’s marquee attraction in 2021, the Six Nations comes first. It may lack the usual tribal fervour if capacity crowds are still not permitted, but it promises to offer a fascinating power struggle. England remain the standard-bearers in the northern hemisphere but France are enjoying a rapid resurgence and appear ready to disrupt the hierarchy.

French improvements are good news for the credibility of the tournament and the next instalment of ‘Le Crunch’, on March 13 at Twickenham, promises to be a classic. That fixture will be regarded as a momentous tussle for European supremacy, but the whole championship needs to produce a reversal of the stodgy, stifling tactics which scarred the Autumn Nations Cup.

Meanwhile, at club level, there will be considerable interest in the RFU Championship, as Saracens strive to bounce straight back into the top division via unfamiliar excursions to Jersey and Cornish Pirates, Ampthill, London Scottish and Hartpury University. Their campaign in the second tier – which is destined to culminate in a two-leg play-off against Ealing – will be a background attraction while Exeter are storming towards another Premiership title in their absence.
Current holders Exeter Chiefs are heavy favourites to win the Premiership again this season

MARCUS TOWNEND (Racing)
Many things have changed because of Covid-19 but necessity has forced some changes that would not have been considered or tried were we not in a crisis.

A few of them have had positive effect and it will be disappointing if racing doesn’t take these on board by reverting back to the old ways when we finally get the all-clear.

Travel restrictions have meant jockeys have only been able to ride at one meeting a day. Not all riders will welcome that staying in place but it has stopped mad-dashes across the country and jockeys driving themselves to work draining hours in pursuit of rides.

Keeping the rule in place will continue to have a positive effect on the mental health of jockeys by improving their work/life balance.

On the track I’d like to see Tiger Roll have a return to form and, 12 months later than hoped, have a shot at winning a third Grand National at Aintree in April.
Tiger Roll (left, ridden by Davy Russell in 2019) will look to win a third Grand National in April

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In some ways, betting deposits and withdrawals are easier in South Africa than in most other countries, and that’s because of the nation’s EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) banking system. Bank transfers are much faster in South Africa than most of the rest of the world, and are renowned for being the safest payment option out there.
For example, plenty of the sites on our list of South Africa’s best betting sites accept payment methods like SiD Instant EFT, which makes betting deposits and withdrawals almost instant.
Of course, there are other options out there too, but each of them have their own pros and cons.

Can I Bet in South African Rand?This depends on the bookie you choose. Some bookies are local to SA and accept ZAR. This is the best option, in our opinion, as it’s the most straightforward and economical way to bet online.

However, a lot of international betting sites don’t accept South African Rand, so you’ll have to pay currency conversion fees. This isn’t a huge deal if you only place bets a few times a year on big matches, but if your online betting habits are a bit more regular than that, we don’t recommend throwing money away on currency conversion.

Mobile Betting Apps in South AfricaWhile plenty of South Africans complain that the country is behind the rest of the developed world in terms of access to technology and the internet, over 54% of South Africa’s population are currently mobile internet users. And this doesn’t include people who stick to using WiFi on their phones instead of mobile data.

Where we’re a little unfortunate is that mobile data is a lot more expensive for us than it is for people in some other countries. This is why we recommend sticking to local bookmakers if you think that you’ll be doing a lot of online betting on the go.

Local bookmakers are aware of the prohibitive cost of mobile data here, so they tend to design mobile sites and betting apps that use a lot less data than many of their more international competitors.

For example, one of the online bookmakers at the top of our list of South Africa’s best betting sites is Supabets. Supabets are based in South Africa and is run by a local team, which means they new to include a simple, but amazing feature. Supabets have a Data-Free mobile site, so punters can place their online bets without having to worry about their data limits or the cost!

Live Streaming on Betting Sites in ZAIf you’re into live betting, then you already know the value of being able to stream a match live as you decide on your bets. Being able to keep up with what’s going on in a match or race is the only real way to make smart, successful in-play bets.

However, there’s a catch. At the time of writing, none of the local online bookmakers have this feature. This means that your only options are international bookmakers that don’t accept South African Rand, at least for the time being.

This is how bookmakers like 1xBet, 22Bet, and Dafabet ended up being listed as some of SA’s best betting sites. While punters need to pay currency conversion fees, these international betting sites feature live broadcasts, completely for free.

Are Sports Betting Sites Legal in South Africa?Yes, online betting is legal in South Africa, and all sports betting is regulated by the SA National Gambling Board.drake.edu As long as a bookmaker is licensed in South Africa for online betting, then you have nothing to worry about.

Provincial Licensing JurisdictionsThe easiest way to see if a particular bookmaker is legal to use is to check to see if they have a South African sports betting license from one of the following provincial gambling boards:

– Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board
– Free State Gambling and Racing Board
Gauteng Gambling Board
– KwaZulu-Natal Gambling and Racing Board
– Limpopo Gambling Board
– Mpumalanga Gambling Board
– North West Gambling Board
– Northern Cape Gambling Board
Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board

International Remote Gaming LicensesUnfortunately, not every betting site that’s licensed in South Africa is necessarily a great one. Of course, the government cracks down on certain shady practices, but there’s nothing illegal about offering a poor-value product.

This is one of the reasons we mentioned going for recognizable brands when we discussed how to find the best bookmaker for you. If you’re going to be using an international betting site, then you might also want to look at what other betting licenses they have, as this can tell you a lot about the bookmaker.

For example, if an international bookmaker has a UK Gambling Commission license or a license from the Government of Gibraltar, then you have nothing to worry about. This means that the bookmaker has to meet some of the world’s toughest conditions to keep their licenses, most of which are designed specifically to protect punters.

Responsible Gaming in ZAOne of the most important benefits of using a legal, licensed betting site (other than your personal and financial data’s safety) is that licensed online bookmakers in South Africa are required to make responsible gambling tools available for punters whose betting habits may be becoming problematic.

Betting Outside of South AfricaFor those reading this outside of South Africa, we recommend finding your country (or nearest equivalent) in the table below:

Betting in South AfricaWhile betting online might be new to a lot of South African punters, it’s actually a lot easier than it looks! We recommend sticking to our experts’ list of SA’s best betting sites to make sure that your personal information and hard-earned cash is in safe hands, and you get decent value!

Best South Africa Online Bookmakers In 2021

OddsJet only compares sports betting odds from reputable online bookmakers that accept customers in South Africa, some of which also offer South African Rand accounts. This is important as many international bookmakers do not serve South Africa. OddsJet thus helps South African players get the best odds while avoiding bookmakers for which they may be ineligible.

While all the bookmakers on OddsJet are well-established, some brands may be more familiar than others within South Africa. Thus below, in alphabetical order, OddsJet provides information about each company, the benefits of some of their features and available banking methods. Those that offer ZAR accounts are noted.

Established in the year 2007, 1XBET is the sports betting partner of both FC Barcelona and the Italian Serie A.forodecharla.com They offer many account currencies including the ZAR and numerous banking methods plus payments in numerous cryptocurrencies. Play in English or many other major languages, with live betting, lots of betting markets on every match and highly competitive odds.

Betsafe was established in 2006 and acquired in 2011 by one of the largest gaming companies in the world, Betsson AB. Betsafe gets to share in using an excellent sports betting platform, which includes fluid mobile betting and an early cashout feature. However, Betsafe operates as a completely separate sports betting brand in terms of its own odds, etc. Betsafe offers account currencies in EUR, GBP, CAD, NOK, SEK, BGN, PLN and USD. Betsafe payment methods for South Africa include Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller and bank transfers. Read the Betsafe South Africa Review.

Betsson is the lead brand for one of the largest gaming companies in the world; Betsson AB. Established in Sweden in 1963, the company is traded on the Nasdaq OMX exchange. Betsson offers an excellent sports betting platform which includes an early cashout feature. As a truly international provider regulated from Malta, Betsson offers site versions in English and over a dozen other languages. They also offer accounts in EUR, USD, GBP, SEK, NOK, BRL, PLN and PEN. Betsson’s banking methods include Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz and bank transfers. Read the Betsson South Africa Review.

Betway offers ZAR accounts. Betway was established in 2006 and serves over 2 million account holders around the world with innovative features like the early ‘Cash-out’. Regulated in South Africa, the UK and several other African markets, Betway operates in many languages and always looks to operate in the for every African country in which they operate. In 2015, Betway became the shirt sponsor and betting partner of West Ham United Football Club of the English Premier League. Betway offers a wide array of banking methods for customers South Africa and in other African markets. Read the Betway South Africa Review.

BoyleSports was established in 1989 by John Boyle in Ireland. Currently, BoyleSports are the largest bookmaker company in Ireland with over 200 locations. Online, BoyleSports is licensed and regulated by the Gibraltar Gaming Commission. BoyleSports account holders in South Africa may use Skrill, Neteller, Visa, MasterCard, Bank Transfers and paysafecard as banking methods. Read the BoyleSports South Africa Review.

Casino Winner is the result of a rebranding of an online casino brand that was initally focused on the Dutch market. It was acquired by gaming giant Betsson AB in 2014 and now serves a wide international customer-base with both sportsbook and online casino verticals. Regulated from Malta, Casino Winner operates in English, Norwegian & Finnish. Find excellent live betting options & solid odds. Available banking methods include credit cards, Klarna, Trustly, e-wallets MuchBetter, Skrill & Neteller & pre-paid solution paysafecard.

ComeOn! was established in 2010. In 2016, it was acquired by Cherry AB, one of the biggest online gaming companies in the world, which is based in Sweden and is traded on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic exchange. Regulated from Malta, ComeOn! offers sports betting through SBTech’s sportsbook platform which has excellent live betting options. Available payment methods for South Africa include credit cards, e-wallets and more. Read the ComeOn! South Africa Review.

Dafabet was established in 2004 and is regulated and licensed by the Philippine government. It has become one of the premier sports betting brands in Asia, but has grown to become an international provider through its sponsorship of Celtic FC and several English football clubs. Available Dafabet languages include English, Spanish and many Asian languages. Dafabet account currencies include USD, EUR, GBP, RMB, MYR, THB, VNR, IDR, INR, KRW, RUB, PLN and mBTC. Available payment options vary per currency, but may include bank transfers, Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz. Read the DafaBet South Africa Review.

Intertops offers ZAR accounts. Thay also accepted the world’s first ever online sports bet in 1996 and is still one of the globe’s largest sites for sports betting with customers in over 180 countries. Over the past three years Intertops has paid out over 500 million dollars in winnings to its customers around the world. Intertops is operated by Thinkquick Ltd. which is registered by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis. In terms of banking from South Africa, Intertops offers Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bitcoin. Read the Intertops South Africa Review.

Interwetten was founded in 1990. Licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority, Interwetten offers their site in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese & Turkish. Change your language of choice as you like at the bottom of their site. Interwetten has always looked to sponsor sports events, clubs and leagues. Currently, they are official partners of Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim football clubs in Germany as well as the title sponsor of Super League Greece. Available payment methods include, Klarna (Sofort), Skrill, Neteller, MuchBetter, EcoPayz, Visa, MasterCard credit & debit cards & bank transfers.

MarathonBet offers ZAR accounts. It was established in 1997 and is regulated by the highly reputable gaming commission of Curacao. MarathonBet currently has over 2 million customers in over 200 countries and is the official bookmaker partner of Manchester City. Uniquely, MarathonBet ‘Advancebets’ allow players to unlock the value of their unsettled bets to place new bets. If these bets are lost, the stake amounts need not be paid back. MarathonBet ZAR account holders may bank using Visa, MasterCard, Maestro debit cards, EcoPayz, Skrill, Neteller or bank transfers. Read the MarathonBet South Africa Review.

Mobilebet was established in 2010. In 2016, it was acquired by Cherry AB, one of the biggest online gaming companies in the world, which is based in Sweden and was traded on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic exchange. In 2019, Cherry AB was taken private for about US$1 billion by private equity firm, Bridgepoint. Regulated from Malta, Mobilebet offers sports betting through SBTech’s sportsbook platform which has excellent live betting and early cash out feature. Supported banking methods include Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards, Skrill, Neteller, paysafecard and more. Read the Mobilebet South Africa Review.

NordicBet was established in 2002 and was acquired by Betsson AB in 2012.valbrid.com As its name suggests, NordicBet first targeted the Nordic markets of Sweden, Finland and Norway, but has grown to offer service to a wide range of countries including South Africa. NordicBet offers an excellent sports betting platform which includes an early cashout feature. Although a part of Betsson AB, NordicBet operates as a completely separate entity that offers its own odds. NordicBet offers their site in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and German and supports account currencies in EUR, GBP, CAD, NOK, SEK, CHF, CZK, BGN, PLN and USD. Supported payment methods for South Africa may include Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller and bank transfers. Read the NordicBet South Africa Review.

Pinnacle was established in 1998 and is licensed and regulated by the highly reputable offshore gaming commissions of Curacao and Malta. Pinnacle has a unique reputation in the betting community due to the odds value that they offer and the high limits they accept. They can often offer some of the highest paying odds because they operate without expensive television advertising campaigns or team sponsorships. This cost savings is passed back to bettors through higher odds. Pinnacle account holders may use Skrill, Neteller, e-cheques, bank transfers, Visa, MasterCard, paysafecard among other payment methods. Read the Pinnacle South Africa Review.

Unibet was established in 1998 from Stockholm, Sweden. Publicly listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange, Unibet serves over 10 million account holders from over 100 countries. Unibet has been a pioneer in gaming innovations involving live betting, mobile betting and security and player safety in terms of problem gambling detection.restaurantoscar.ro Unibet has also become a license holder in many European countries where regulation is heightened. Unibet account holders may use Skrill, Neteller, bank transfers, paysafecard, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard as banking methods. Read the Unibet South Africa Review.

What Does The Future Of Sports Betting In Nigeria Look Like?

Some brands may deem it risky to invest time and funds into an operation in this region and some might not be entirely sure if they fully understand the “rules of the game” here. These concerns are actually valid and in order to better understand what to expect and in turn, what Nigerian players expect from a betting brand – we can have a closer look and some key things, which might not be so obvious at first glance.

A Large Portion of Players in Nigeria Still Prefer RetailWhile today a lot of punters around the globe might have never even been to a retail betting shop – almost a half of Nigeria’s 65 million active punters still prefer this type of betting over online / app betting and there are several reasons behind that.

The main reasons are economic – due to the specifics of this region a significant percentage of people cannot afford having modern devices and continuous internet connection to bet online. Not interacting with gadgets and tech on a daily basis produces a lack of fundamental internet skills, which are required to register, use online banking, deposit funds and withdraw winnings – people often see betting at shops as saving their time.

Even players who use gadgets on a daily basis and have 24/7 internet access still often prefer not to bet online due to fees – making a small deposit of just 200 Naira ($0.53) might require to pay the same amount in fees, which is still decent money for some residents of this region.
Finally, sports betting in Nigeria is a popular “social” activity – betting shops are usually buzzing with people from all walks of life.arizona.edu They serve as places to exchange predictions and discuss recent news, betting shops are used as places to meet friends and just hang out.

International Brands are Moving into NigeriaWhile it is clear, that retail betting holds the throne in Nigeria right now – it is also clear, that times are changing and changing rapidly. There is more and more access to budget tech as well as cheaper internet connections, the new generation of Nigerian youth already have access to all that, they are tech savvy and they appreciate the comfort that comes with being able to do things online.

This has been picked up by quite a few big names in the betting industry, who opened dedicated Nigerian betting sites such as 22Bet Nigeria. 22Bet operates in multiple countries around the globe including the United Kingdom, where they hold a valid UKGC license, so you can see they mean business.

The number of players, who will move over to online betting is only going to grow in the coming years – Nigeria is opening up for new and more flexible payment systems, which are going to play an important role in this transition. Having access to quick and easy banking is going to remove a big and probably most significant have today.

How Will All the New Businesses Co-exist?Native Nigerian brands are the ones who have the biggest share at the moment, as they are the ones who are able to host retail betting shops, but how will things look like when online betting takes the lead?

Doesn’t seem like anything dramatic is going to happen, this is the case in other regions – there are local betting brands and there are international ones, at the end of the day having a choice is always good and people will simply pick whichever brand offering the kind of content they prefer.dlnware.com Nigerian businesses might need to improve their game to compete with bigger bookmakers and that, again, will only be better for punters, as they will get a better quality product.

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“So what exactly is sports betting? The definition of sports betting” is, placing a financial wager on the outcome of a sporting match, as well as on events that occur within the larger match or fixture.smkn1bjp.sch.id In Nigeria, the number of sports betting companies offering a variety of styles and formats seems to be growing faster.

Some of the popular betting platforms in the country include; Naijabet, Nairabet, Betway, Bet9ja, Sportybet, Merrybet, etc. Typically, all the aforementioned betting companies create an open platform for prospective punters to place bets and predict the outcome of a game usually in sports though it need not be restricted to sports e.g. Fans that predict correctly are rewarded and those whose predictions were wrong to lose their monies. This is fast becoming the order in Nigeria, as fans that are “fans enough” go a step further to “stake” on the higher level of fandom and expertise in the football understanding.
Sports’ betting is a big business globally, much so, it is now taxable and regulated as a legitimate business (Requirement of Online Sports Betting in Lagos 2015; National Sports Policy of Nigeria 2009). For instance, according to Statistical Portal (2015), even though it may be difficult to accurately estimate the total value of global sports betting, due to the inconsistency in the regulatory and financing environments, responsible surveys estimate the value of sports betting industry at around 700 billion U.S. dollars and 1.000 billion U.S. dollars, while in fact the illegal betting only might be as a high as 500 billion U.S. dollars.

Some bookmakers have speculated that the industry is now worth over one trillion U.S. dollars. It is also worth noting that any figure on the process of betting is merely indicative of the official gambling. Most gambling activities are undocumented and operate at the informal levels amongst friends, colleagues, spouses, relatives, and even enemies, and could be worth as much as billions of U.S. dollars globally.

Generally, online gambling is a fast-growing business with an estimated annual growth rate of 12%, according to Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (2011), and this is driven by globalization and technology. In the United States, asides from the states of Nevada who have had Sports betting Laws enacted since 1949, all other states have recently introduced laws to enable sports betting for the first time save for three( Idaho, Wisconsin, and Utah). Countries like the UK, Canada, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, etc.marionsrezepte.com also have laws regulating sports betting and it is entirely legal in these countries.

Sports Betting/ Gambling Regulations in NigeriaGambling in Nigeria is regulated by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC). The lottery was legalised by the National Lottery Act, 2005, and regulation of gambling and betting activities is provided for in Chapter 22 of the Criminal Code Act enacted in 1990. The law splits the games into two categories: The legal and illegal games. The legal games are lottery, land-based casino, and sports betting. Roulette, dice games, and non-skilled card games on the other hand are illegal.

It should be noted that online sports betting games are permissible, however, according to sec 2(b) the National Lottery Regulations, 2007, adverts must adhere strictly to government policies on social responsibility in designing, advertising, and marketing campaign as relates to an advertisement. It must also conform to the Nigerian Code of Advertising Practice made pursuant to the Advertising Practitioners (Registration etc) Act.

The Consumer Protection Council Act (1992 No. 66) Consumer Protection (Sales Promotion) Regulations 2005

The laws and regulations governing gambling in Nigeria can be a little confusing because there is no cut and dried law or legislation that solely addresses gambling in Nigeria. Instead, there are two Acts that make reference to gambling in terms of what is illegal or not allowed, and what is legal and allowed.

Apart from the Criminal Code Act, over the years, other laws have been passed to regulate sports betting in Nigeria, they include;

The Gaming Machines (Prohibition) Act of 1977
Criminal Act
National Lottery Act 2005
National Lottery Regulations 2007 (as amended)
Lagos State Lotteries Law 2004 (applicable only in Lagos State) among various lotteries laws in other states.

Government Agencies Regulating Gaming in NigeriaNational Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC)
Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB)
Other State Lotteries Boards

Consumer Protection in Sports GamblingConsumer protection is important and necessary for the growth of any industry. It assures the Consumers of any service or commodity, that their interests are safeguarded from unfair practices. The interests of the consumers within the sports betting industry are protected by the regulatory agencies as stated above.

Agencies who also have the mandate to protect the rights of consumers are the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal (CCPT) The FCCPC and the CCPT are agencies of the Government under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, whose powers are derived from the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2018.northpeak.com.ng These two agencies are at present, the most powerful consumer redress and monitoring agency in Nigeria.

The FCCPC has wider investigative and enforcement powers whilst the CCPT on the other hand acts as a quasi-judicial body to which appeals from the decisions of the FCCPC and decisions of any sector specific regulatory authority in a regulated industry in respect of consumer protection matters will lie.

Furthermore, the Act stipulates a very steep penalty for contraventions. For instance, where there has been a contravention of any consumer rights, it stipulates a fine of 10% of the turnover of the business in the preceding business year.

In Nigeria, the conditions under which bettors place bets leave them without the protection that is available to other consumers in other industries in the economy especially in situations when consumers win huge sums of money. It is important to distinguish the two alternative and complementary legal routes to consumer protection. The first – the private – makes available a legal remedy to individual consumers who have experienced a breach of the terms of a contract (whether those terms have been imposed by statute or common law). By signing and agreeing to the terms of use of a betting company, a bettor automatically enters into a contract with a betting company.

The enforceability of contracts in Nigeria means that the courts and/or regulatory bodies will approve remedies to bettors who suffer loss in consequence of the conduct of the betting company. Furthermore, regulatory bodies are given the power to exact, through the courts, financial remedies from bookmakers in favour of identifiable bettors in consequence of the former’s breach of specified standards.

The second route to consumer protection is the public. The public imposes on the supplier of a service certain duties with which he or she must comply with. A detected breach may lead to societal backlash and as a result, loss of revenue and patronage. This approach typically involves leveraging public patronage and sympathy to protect consumers who have been treated unfairly by betting companies.

It is worthy of note to state that the terms and conditions that underpin a game of skill and chance between the players and company are basically contractual, however, they have to conform to regulations and laws of the country. For instance, a proposed betting or lottery company must obtain an appropriate license from NLRC before it can commence operation.
The financial requirements of obtaining a license include; registering a company with a minimum share capital of N30, 000, 000( Thirty Million Naira); An Application fee of N2, 000, 000 (Two Million naira), Permit Fee of N100, 000, 000(One Hundred Million Naira), however where the company is a member of the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers, a 50% concession is granted; and finally, a Bank Guarantee of at least N25, 000, 000 (Twenty Five Million Naira) must be provided. The Terms and Conditions of any betting company are also subject to the approval of regulators. The NLRC, as well as other State’ Lotteries Board and other regulatory bodies, have a huge role to play to protect consumers.

Evidently, the sports betting market, particularly, consumers need to be aware of their rights whenever they feel it is being infringed upon or they are being treated unfairly by Sports betting companies. Many bettors have been treated unfairly and have buried these issues under the carpet. However, with more awareness, many bettors can seek redress and protect their interests through regulatory bodies and regulations targeted at protecting consumers.

About Us – Association Of Nigerian Bookmakers

Founded in 2014, the Association acts as a collective voice for the sports betting, lottery and gaming industry to promote practical initiatives that will enhance the shared business interest of our members .

Lucrative, thriving and productive ,the Nigerian Sports Betting, lottery and gaming industry supports tens of thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of Naira as revenue for the government while providing entertainment and fun for the benefits and satisfaction of the Punters. Every year our members contribute to the statutory good causes, which is used to support public welfare programs such as education, public health and safety and infrastructure development.

Comprised of licensed operators, ANB’s top priority is to create a favorable business environment for members to compete, thrive , and grow . We do this by evaluating regulations relating to the sports betting,lottery and gaming industry and maintaining regular dialogue with key decision makers to ensure the interests of our members are heard and understood .

Through this dialogue and various stakeholders engagement , we constantly advocate and encourage decision makers to embrace and implement clear,concise and consistent policies that will effectively bring the current regulatory framework into line with the actual structure of our modern betting, lottery and gaming industry .

The Association collaborates with Professionals, Government Relation Officers and ANB approved industry experts to ensure our members’ business rights are protected and the sports betting, lottery and gaming industry is treated fairly under the law .

We also participate in strategic alliance with gaming industry groups from time to time to address problems facing the betting and gaming industry in Nigeria.orna-esc.eu .

As the most influential voice in the betting, lottery and gaming industry ,we conveniently provide our members with up to date information, in depth knowledge, insight and awareness of policies shaping the industry to help them make smart business decisions.

The ANB is a member-led, not for profit, non-political and independent organization, run by its members for its members
MISSION STATEMENTThe ANB is a unified and informed voice representing the policy priorities of sports betting, lottery and gaming operations in Nigeria at every level of government. ANB is dedicated to strengthening the long-term economic viability of the betting, lottery and gaming industry in Nigeria by relentlessly advocating for fact- based public policy.
Our mission is to support our members in building a profitable and successful betting,lottery and gaming industry in Nigeria.

Upsurge In Betting Activities In Nigeria: What Can Be Done

Like in most countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has harmed the Nigerian population and its economic activities. In addition, it has spurred some silent changes in consumer behaviour that will have socio-economic effects. One of such unnoticed transformations is the growth of the gambling and betting sector during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

According to the Nigeria Sports Betting Sector Report 2019/2020, nearly 60 million Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 40 years are involved in active betting. Almost USD 2 billion are spent daily on sports betting. Over the last decade, anecdotal and empirical evidence suggests a nexus between an increase in active bettors and an increase in smartphone and internet subscription usage.floeli-alm.de Yet, there is another salient feature driving the upsurge in betting. It is the steady rise of the unemployment rate and the demand for betting driven by it. Access to smartphones, advert placement, and the urge to have an extra source of income has increased as well. So, to what extent did betting surge? And what are the cost and benefits of betting?

What the data tells usIn comparison to prior data on engagement in gambling/betting activities, an online polling survey conducted by NOIPolls, 2019 and Data Source, 2021, show that there has been a 9 % increase in the number of people engaged in betting and gambling since 2017. Around 7% to 25 % of consumers claim to have engaged in betting a few times per week. Similarly, the daily rate of in betting activities increased significantly from 1 % in 2017 to 9 % in 2021. The data also confirms that smartphone usage has augmented considerably over the last decade. It shows that more than 99% of respondents attested to owning a smartphone before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The debate that unemployment is a critical driving force for betting remains a recurring social issue. As such, the growing unemployment rate and underemployment have significantly contributed to an increase in betting behaviours. In the UK fixed odds betting (FOBTs) was more common among unemployed blackspots relative to more affluent constituencies. In the city of Aba, Nigeria, unemployment was a key driver of increased betting. At 33.3% for Quarter 4 in 2020, the unemployment rate in Nigeria has been projected to rise even further. This estimated growth in joblessness hinges on the adverse effect of Covid-19. Given this rate and the rise in betting activities, how can the Nigerian betting sector be regulated?

A potential revenue source for the StateAlthough the industry is relatively large compared to similar sectors, its potential is yet to be fully explored. Aware of its capacity in Nigeria to create employment opportunities, through the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, the government is in a position to design and implement reforms that would help regulate the bettors.

With the influx of foreign and domestic firms into the sector, an increase in the average GDP growth rate is expected over time. As highlighted in a recent study, the UK gambling industry contributes about 0.6 % of GDP.kinwiki.me Although unlikely to have a significant macroeconomic impact, it seems it could be an alternative revenue source for the Nigerian economy.

Further, with the emergence of several online betting platforms, government policies around e-business space will be essential towards curbing potential gambling hazards, regulating start-up gambling firms, and closing the gap created by illicit gambling activities.

For instance, in 2014, the UK government reformed its Betting (Licensing and Advertising) Act. Its purpose was to regulate the online casinos market. Through this Betting act, online casinos were required to pay a 15% consumption tax and obtain a license from the Betting Commission before commencing operations. It is highly recommended to replicate similar government actions in the Nigerian space.

Alternatively, government actions targeting sector development and efficient allocation of resources should channel profits from unclaimed betting wins to struggling economic sectors, such as education and health. Similarly, percentage cuts (or tax policies) on profits from claimed betting wins provide an additional source of revenue to the government.arbitragesoftware.net These actions are expected to stimulate selected sector growth and regularize the fast-growing betting industry.

Due To The Inconsistency In Regulation

Driven by an estimated 60 million Nigerians actively involved in sports betting and over 40 betting companies operating in Nigeria,[2] the online gaming industry has grown astronomically in recent years, having a tremendous impact on the Nigerian economy. Sports betting has emerged as a lucrative segment of the economy, leveraging on the Nigerian football culture.[3] For sports bettors, the opportunity to turn their passion into earnings holds a strong appeal.smpnsatulongkali.sch.id The increased participation in the online sports betting market can be attributed to technological advancement, globalization, affordable access to internet and internet enabled-devices, online payment platforms facilitated by FinTechs, the youthful population in Nigeria as well as the high unemployment rate.

Consequently, sports betting operators like Bet9ja, NaijaBet, and Nairabet, optimising the market trend and youthful demographic, have evolved into blue-chip companies, making Nigeria the second largest online gambling market in Africa.[4] The fiscal performance of these companies has encouraged an increasing influx of new entrants into the sports betting industry.

Like every other industry, the online gaming industry, and its subcategories, especially sports betting, are subject to regulatory oversight. In this article, the focus is to highlight the normative framework for obtaining a sports betting license, which would be instructive for newcomers in this industry.

Regulatory Framework of Sports Betting in Nigeria
Chapter 22 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act (“CCA”)[5] sets out legal and illegal forms of gaming. The illegal games are roulette, dice games except for backgammon, non-skill-based card games, and any other games of chance which are not favorable to the player while racing, sports betting business, or land-based casinos are permissible. In Nigeria, gaming activities (e.g. lotteries, sports betting, etc.) are regulated at the federal and state levels, despite conflicting arguments as to the constitutionality of the Federal Government’s involvement in regulating gaming activities.[6]

The National Lottery Regulatory Commission (“NLRC”) established through the National Lottery Act, (“NLA”) 2005[7] regulates the operation of the lottery business and gaming activities in the Federation. The NLRC is responsible for issuing licenses and permits, setting standards and guidelines/rules, and promoting transparency and integrity in the operation of a lottery/gaming business nationwide. The NLA is supplemented by the National Lottery Regulation 2007.[8] The NLRC grants 3 different classes of licenses:
– Lottery License
– Sports Betting License
– Promotional License[9]

Some states have created municipal laws and agencies governing commercial gaming activities and lottery business within these states. The Lagos State Lottery Board was established, under the Lagos State Lottery Law 2004 (as amended), to oversee the licensing and regulation of lottery and gaming activities in the state. The amendment of the Lagos Lottery Law in 2008, in response to developments in the industry in 2008 paved the way for the regulation of different categories of lottery as well as licensing of multiple lottery operators in the State.

The National Lottery Act 2005 and the Lagos State Lottery Law of Lagos 2004 (as amended) are currently the most relevant laws overseeing sports betting in Nigeria. These legislations serve to establish regulatory bodies overseeing the online sports betting industry in Nigeria as well as to protect the interest of players, bettors, consumers, stakeholders, and the general public.

Procedure for Obtaining a National Sports Betting Licence/Permit
Although investors are advised to register a sports betting company before pursuing a sports betting license, promoters of the unincorporated company may apply to the NLRC for approval to incorporate a sports betting company in Nigeria, attaching the following documents namely, a copy of the name reservation approval issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission and a Remitta Payment in the sum of ₦10,000.00 (ten thousand Naira) in favour of National Lottery Regulatory Commission.[10]

The process of obtaining a sports betting permit from the NLRC can be broadly divided into 3 stages, namely – The Application stage, the Provisional Approval stage, and the Post-Licensing stage.[11] Each of these stages is examined below.

3.1 The Application Stage

Pursuant to the NLRC’s guidelines, applications to the Commission must be accompanied by the payment of a non-refundable application fee of ₦2,000,000 (two million Naira) and necessary documents and operational information including:

– A completed NLRC application form;
– An application letter stating the applicant’s intention to operate a sports betting scheme;
– Memorandum and Articles of Association, certificate of incorporation and other relevant incorporation documents;
– Evidence of updated annual returns filed at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC);
– Evidence of domain name registration with a country code top level domain label (ccTLD) for Nigeria;
– Evidence of trademark registration;
– Evidence of registration with the Special Control Unit on Money Laundering;
– Particulars, profile and relevant qualification(s) of directors and key personnel.
Proposed organizational structure, operational flow and 5-year financial projection for the betting scheme.

The proposal submitted to the NLRC should contain details of the planned game events, proposed distribution channels, operations, marketing and distribution strategy, betting modalities, terms, and conditions of participation for bettors, and sports betting industry analysis. The NLRC also requests for the profile and details of technical service providers, partners, telecoms providers and suppliers, contact persons for service providers, a copy of the proposed JVAs or SLAs with providers and suppliers, and the Software Certification from approved and recognized testing labs.[12]

At the end of this application stage, the successful applicants will be required to make a presentation to the NLRC, to justify the grant of license. Usually, the application is reviewed in 10 – 21 working days.

3.2 Provisional Approval Stage
Once the application is reviewed, approved applicants are granted a temporary license, valid for 90 days, subject to the fulfilment of certain pre-approval requirements including:

– Payment of permit fees within 30-days of receipt of notification;
– Bank guarantee of at least N25,000,000, valid for no less than one year;
– Connection of betting platform to the NLRC’s monitoring and reporting framework to ensure compliance with the approved standards;
– For companies with foreign ownership/participation, proper immigration documents, Certificate of Capital Importation and other investment documents from the Nigerian Investment Promotions Commission (NIPC);
– Execution of Terms & Conditions of Operation of Sports Betting Schemes; and
of duly executed service level agreement with third-party providers.

These conditions are all inclusive and failure to fulfil these requirements within the 90-day period may void such application for the sports betting permit. Applicants and prospective licensees are advised to ensure that they are prepared to meet these conditions prior to grant of the approval in principle, to meet the 90-day period allowed.ipalmoil.com The issuance of the preliminary approval comes after the payment of the license fees.
At the expiration of the provisional approval period, a substantive permit will be issued by the NLRC, and the details of successful applicants uploaded on the NLRC’s website.

3.3 Post-Licensing Stage

After commencing operations, licensees are required to remit 3% tax on monthly sales turnover, one percent (1%) to the NLRC and (2%) to National Lottery Trust Fund respectively, on or before the tenth (10th) day of the following month. Sports Betting Operators are also mandated to submit monthly updates on or before the 10th day of the next month. As part of its regulatory mandate to maintain transparency, propriety and quality assurance in the lottery business, the Commission will also conduct a quarterly operations audit. It is not clear if the commission will audit its internal affairs or those of the licensees. The NLRC must be notified of changes in business structure, details, and proposed operations of applicants during the application review/license period.

The National Lottery Regulation 2007 administers the post-licensing reporting and compliance obligations of Licenced operators. Licences granted by the Commission are valid for ten (10) years from the date of issue.[13] The holder is expected to establish a “Prize Fund” account which will hold a minimum of 50% (fifty percent) of the proceeds realized from any national lottery, exclusively for the payment of prizes.

Operators are expected to employ modern technologies and approaches to provide efficient services to players, adhere to government policies and corporate governance principle and keep proper accounts and records of its transactions. A license holder is generally required to ensure it monitors and reports suspicion of irregularities and fraud to the NLRC. It is also required to ensure that its agents, franchise operators and representatives operate in compliance with the terms of its license.

Persons under the age of 18 (eighteen) are barred from being directors in a sports betting company, participating in any lottery event and receiving winnings from same. Lastly, prospective applicants should note that the grant and renewal of the license is at the discretion of the President of the Commission, based on the Commission’s recommendation.

Procedure for Obtaining a Sports Betting License from Lagos State Lotteries Board
The Lagos State Lotteries Board (“LSLB” or “the Board”) is a state regulatory agency responsible for issuing Online Sports Betting (“OSB”) licenses in Lagos. The procedure for obtaining the OSB license in Lagos is straightforward and less complicated than that of the NLRC, though with similar requirements. Companies intending to operate a licensed betting scheme in Lagos must be incorporated in Nigeria with a minimum share capital of ₦20,000,000 (twenty million Naira).[14] Applicant companies cannot be wholly owned by foreigners. Nigerians are required to hold at least fifteen percent (15%) of the shares in foreign-owned companies, to achieve indigenous participation and local content requirement.[15]

Prospective sports betting licensees are to submit their application to the Board, attaching a letter of intent and the following documents:

– Evidence of payment of non-refundable application fee of ₦500,000 (five hundred thousand Naira)
– Incorporation documents of the prospective licensee; and
– A detailed proposal on the online sports betting scheme containing particulars of the names and profile of Directors, business plan, model and organisational structure, market analysis and financial projection of the company, amongst other things.
The application, upon submission, is reviewed by the Board in ten (10) to fifteen (15) working days. Subsequently, applicants will be invited to make a presentation to the Board on the proposed gaming scheme. Successful candidates would be granted an Approval-in-Principle (AIP) subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions and payment of the ₦50,000,000 (fifty million Naira) license fee.[16] The AIP is a 90-day temporary license granted to the applicant pending the grant of a final permit, subject to the applicant’s fulfilment of all the conditions outlined in the AIP.[17]

The license is for a period of 5 years in the first instance, renewable every five years at the discretion of the Board.[18]

Cost Implication of Sports Betting License
Although online sports betting schemes are highly profitable, establishing a sports betting business in Nigeria is an extremely capital-intensive venture. A breakdown of the financial requirements for obtaining an OSB license can be found in the table below.

Capital adequacy requirements dictate that operators must have the requisite financial resources to fund the sports betting scheme, prior to obtaining the license.[19] Apart from the varying application and license fees, the cost of securing an Online Sports Betting (OSB) licence covers the cost of company registration, regulatory compliance, engaging the services of legal practitioners, qualified personnel with gaming industry experience, online payment service providers, software developers and other third-party providers. These incidental expenses run into millions of Naira.

Due to the inconsistency in regulation, it is presumed that state licensed operators must fulfil the additional capital requirements under the National Lottery Act and its supplementary guidelines. Start-up companies, lacking the financial footing to meet these expenses, are forced to resort to equity or debt financing, credit facilities or foreign investment, to meet the required capital baseline.

The legislative arm of the Lagos State government is proposing an increment of the license fees for OSB operators to ₦200,000,000 (two hundred million Naira),[20] which is ten times the required minimum share capital for sports betting companies. The monumental increment of licence fees presents another obstacle to small players in the industry and hinders participation in this sector. New entrants are advised to commence the application process before the new license fee takes effect.powergraphics.co.kr If the purported increase is implemented, smaller companies would be forced to consolidate to meet capital requirements.
Regulators Involved in The Licensing Process
Given the prominence of sports betting in Nigeria, the gaming industry is highly regulated. Obtaining a sports betting license requires approval from and/or engagement with several agencies including the National Investment Promotion Commission, Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, Federal Inland Revenue Services and Corporate Affairs Commission.

The National Lottery Regulations, 2007, requires licensees’ advertisements, marketing, and public relations strategies to comply with government policies on social responsibility.[21] Commercials and any related advertising must also conform to the Nigerian Code of Advertising Practice, Sales Promotion and Other Rights/Restrictions on Practice[22] (“the Advertising Code”) made pursuant to the Advertising Practitioners (Registration etc) Act, which establishes the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (“APCON”) as the body responsible for regulating advertising in the country. Therefore, all advertisements must be submitted for vetting and approval by the APCON before exposure to the public.[23]

Prospective licensees are expected to engage these bodies, either directly or through their legal representatives, to observe preliminary compliance requirements before commencing the application process.

Conclusion
Despite the impressive turnover in the sports betting segment of the economy, the complexities associated with acquiring the sports betting license may deter new entrants, especially foreign investors.

More so, the overlap in regulatory functions at the Federal and State levels is a major challenge facing the industry. The ongoing dispute between the NLRC and the LSLB, concerning the agency constitutionally empowered to regulate gaming activities and issue licenses for betting operations, is a headache to sports betting operators in Nigeria. For instance, the LSLB recently blacklisted certain sports betting operators who had been granted sports betting licenses by the NLRC.[24] This inconsistency needs to be put to rest as soon as possible to avoid issues of multiple taxation and licencing and to introduce certainty and predictability to the process.

Despite the exorbitant cost of registration, licensees are overburdened with heavy handed post-licensing returns. While it is agreed that taxes are levied to generate income for the government, the government is obligated to balance public interest and social responsibilities against the need to scoop revenue from the lotteries industry. Regulators must understand that their primary objective is to put forward market-friendly regulations, to drive sustainable growth in the sports betting industry.

Considering the high volume of transactions processed by virtual sports betting operators daily, regulatory agencies should impose policies that guarantee secure payment channels, to avoid loss of gaming revenue to cyber criminals. With the increased use of electronic channels for gaming, it is expected that future sports betting legislation would address crucial issues like data protection and cyber security to provide a safe and secure environment for players.

The expansion of the gaming industry seems to be hampered by the expensive and rigorous licensing procedure under the NLRC Guidelines. Streamlining the licensing process, especially in terms of cost, would provide much needed ease of entry for SMEs looking to break into the sports betting landscape and encourage foreign participation in local betting operations.
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For further information on this article and area of law,

please contact Uche Matthew or Oluwademilade Odutola at S. P. A. Ajibade & Co.,
Lagos by Telephone (+234.1.270.3009; +234.1.460.5091) Fax (+234 1 4605092)

Mobile (+234.8151191 865, +234.8097904768)
Email: umatthew@spaajibade.com, oodutola@spaajibade.com
www.spaajibade.com

[1] Uche Matthew and Oluwademilade Odutola, Associates, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Department, SPA Ajibade & Co., Lagos, Nigeria.

[2] BusinessDay.ng The Impact of Sports Betting on the Nigerian Economy (15 June 2020), available at: https://businessday.ng/sponsored/article/the-impact-of-sports-betting-on-the-nigerian-economy/#:~:text=The%20impact%20of%20sports%20betting%20on%20the%20Nigerian,consequently%20having%20a%20huge%20impact%20on%20the%20economy. accessed on 4 December 2020.

[3] PwC The Nigeria Gaming Industry, available at: https://www.pwc.com/ng/en/assets/pdf/nigeria-gaming-industry.pdf, accessed…

[4] BusinessDay The impact of sports betting on the Nigerian economy (5 June 2020) available at https://businessday.ng/sponsored/article/the-impact-of-sports-betting-on-the-nigerian-economy/ accessed on 10 December 2020.
[5] Criminal Code Act Cap. C38 LFN 2004.

[6] The Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB) has argued that the powers to regulate gaming activities are exclusive to the state governments due to its absence from the Exclusive and Concurrent Legislative lists as prescribed by the Nigerian Constitution. See Rejoinder/Response to National Lottery Regulatory Commission’s Publication available at: https://lslb.lg.gov.ng/rejoinderresponse-national-lottery-regulatory-commissions-publication/ accessed on 16 December 2020.

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