The relationship between football and illegal sports gambling

With the help from a group of investigative journalists, this project aims to open up the impenetrable world of illegal sports gambling to non-experts trough an exposé of football's lucrative pact with Asian-facing betting operators.

The illegal sports gambling market has a global value of 1.7 trillion USD per year according to the UN, and a lot of that money is generated through partnerships with football clubs. This project will expose the relationship between football and illegal betting operators through a series of investigative articles that will open up the secretive world of gambling and make the topic accessible for readers without expert knowledge.

The investigation will be undertaken by an international consortium of journalists consisting of Philippe Auclair (France/UK), Andy Brown (UK), Samindra Kunti (Belgium), Jack Kerr (Australia) and Steve Menary (UK).

The goal of the project is to

  • provide a general introduction to the landscape of sports gambling
  • show how illegal gambling platforms are ubiquitous in football
  • show how marketing agencies, data collection agencies and others enable illegal gambling to function
  • explain how regulators of football and the betting industry are ill-equipped to meet the challenges and often fail to deliver any oversight of the industries concerned
  • show how illegal sports gambling is not a victimless crime and can be linked to crimes from fraud to extortion, people-trafficking, slavery, and even murder

The articles will be published over a period of four months from November 2023 to February 2024.

More info about the project:

Senior analyst and head of conference

Stanis Elsborg

International sports politics, governance, geopolitics, sports history

Read the series on illegal sports gambling

Man in shadow and football player
PtG Article 27.11.2023
Mapping the territory of football's lucrative pact with illegal sports gambling
Data scout and football player
PtG Article 18.12.2023
Introducing the sports betting data supply chain and the predatory integrity industry
PtG Article 17.01.2024
A match made in heaven: The explosion of betting ads in European football
Football player and data scout
PtG Article 30.01.2024
Meet the hydras: tracing the illegal gambling operators that sponsor football
Football player and data scout
PtG Article 29.02.2024
Welcome to Curaçao: How a Caribbean island facilitates the illegal betting boom
Football player and data scout
PtG Article 11.03.2024
The root of illegal betting: Britain's white label industry that not even the regulator oversees