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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:04 pm 
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I have to say I am disappointed by the news that F1 will become a marketing tool for gambling. It is simply falling in line with other sports who advertise ways to hand money over to already fantastically wealthy companies.
I see close parallels with the tobacco sponsorship of teams. In fact there are many who would say the 2 vices both cause health issues, just in a different format.

An old fashioned view perhaps, I was hoping that F1 might be innovative in its method of future funding. I would be interested in hearing views that this liaison is good for the sport. Are there better ways of generating $100 million or is this the only viable way forward?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/45558975


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:40 am 
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Personally, the greatest era for F1 financially was the Tobacco era and it was stupid to place a ban on it. Cancer sticks have had warning labels saying hey YOU! I cause cancer so smoke me at your own risk and people still smoked. The freakin things get NO ADVERTISING ANYWHERE and STILL people buy them by the cartons so it's really absurd to have them banned. I detest the damn things with every ounce of my being but the only way companies should be banned if if they are forced to cease operations by governments because otherwise banning adverts but continuing to allow their sale accomplishes very little.

Personally, I don't care what they advertise so long as it's not outright immoral. If it helps teams procure much needed funds to develop better cars and maintain a healthy upgrade regimen throughout the season, let them. Alcohol is a legal drug and Heineken is the series sponsor so why allow them but not tobacco when Alcohol is also proven to be deadly, and sometimes to a greater degree than tobacco? All those energy drinks are TERRIBLE for your health yet they sponsor more sports than any other industry. Saketeboarding, Scooters, inline skating, mountain biking, crossfit, countless racing series - from motorcycles to cars to trucks to airplanes!… They're involved with everything you can imagine. its not goo

The whole thing is absurd because in the end, advertising or not, people are going to eat, drink, smoke and do whatever they feel like doing, so why hurt the sport by slapping bans that keep them from acquiring lucrative sponsorships? Ferrari still receives "dirty" tobacco money in the neighborhood of $350 million so it's only fair the rest of the teams are allowed to pursue competing brands too.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:14 am 
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I very much disagree with this.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:46 am 
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The sleeping giant in motorsport sponsorship is ripe for the picking....... ah so to speak.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:53 am 
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I don't really see the issue here. You can already bet on F1 in-play, albeit with a very limited market range compared to something like football, so it's not like that's anything new in that sense. Okay, there will be trackside advertising and whatnot, but there is plenty of alcohol sponsorship within F1, and I would assume that across the world alcohol addiction is a much more prominent form of addiction than gambling addiction is. Energy drinks are also heavily promoted, and while I'm not trying to say they're anywhere near as bad as alcohol or gambling, they aren't exactly the healthiest things in the world. None of this holds a gun to anyone's head and forces them to buy the products.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:19 pm 
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I'm probably just rehashing what others have already said, but I wouldn't consider this any more immoral than being sponsored by producers of alcohol, energy drinks or fast food. All are great in sensible measures but can be terribly addictive and can destroy lives when used in excess. Spending any money on these things in the first place though is a choice that is entirely within peoples' control and as a general point on society I think people should take more responsibility for looking after themselves, rather than expecting others to protect them from themselves by regulating potentially harmful influences out of sight.

If we go down this route then we'll quickly run out of products that can be advertised. Most things are harmful if abused.


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