The distribution of amounts raised from the proposal to regulate betting and online gaming in Brazil continues to generate disagreement between operators, football clubs and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
Article 30, § 1º-A, III, of Law 13,756/2018 – with the changes proposed by Provisional Measure 1,182/2023 – defined that 1.63% of the resources should be allocated to entities of the National Sports System (SNE), and to Brazilian athletes or those linked to sports organizations based in the national territory.
According to the Lei em Campo website, the allocation of this amount would be based on the authorization by clubs and players to exploit brands and names.
CBF suggests changing the allocation of operating values for club brands
The CBF first suggested that instead of 1.63%, 5% of the bookmakers’ gross revenue should be directed to it and the football teams.
As the entity is prohibited from receiving public money, the CBF recommendation included mechanisms to prevent the amounts from being recorded as public funds. Which didn’t go ahead.
Faced with the complications encountered, the CBF chose to change its stance. And, he began to support the lack of provision for transfers to the entities of the National Sports System.
For the CBF, the freedom to negotiate would be more beneficial for clubs and athletes. Each interested party can therefore contact the bookmakers individually.
According to the CBF, bookmakers profit from exploiting club brands and it is up to them to define the specific value for using this right. As the organizing entity of the sport, the entity was willing to lead the negotiations.
Betting regulation: teams and operators disagree with CBF suggestion
In the Federal Government’s original project, this function would be with the Public Power, and not with a private entity. The clubs, however, are resistant to the CBF’s desire to present itself as a mediator in the issue.
After all, the clubs are mobilizing to form a league to take over the organization of the Brazilian Championship. Currently, this coordination is the responsibility of the CBF.
According to the Lei em Campo website, bookmakers also disagree with this CBF proposal. Operators believe they would need to make hundreds of agreements.
Another fear of the bookmakers refers to the danger of certain players or clubs limiting the exploitation of their names and brands to just one betting company, meaning that a restricted number of operators can offer certain products.
A limitation of this type tends to encourage the increase in the illegal market, which can continue offering events without paying anything and ignoring the rules defined by betting regulations.