Liquor & Gaming NSW has expressed concerns about betting agencies offering wagers on the outcome of Television shows.
A spokesman told News Corp, “TV shows are not subject to the same controls as major sports which have governing bodies and regulators to oversee their operations and reduce risks for race or match fixing.
“There are also concerns over the integrity of prerecorded TV shows where the outcomes are known to some people.”
Shows including My Kitchen Rules and MasterChef Australia have recorded dual endings ahead of their broadcast, but small teams of producers and network execs are aware of which one will be used as a final outcome.
The concerns follow reports that paparazzi shots of The Bachelor finalists could be sold to media and betting agencies.
Sportsbet already has markets open for the upcoming series — punters can bet on hair colour of the winning contestant and what state she’s from.
Betting agencies licensed in NSW are required to seek approval from Liquor & Gaming NSW to offer bets on the outcomes of TV competitions and programs. But Sportsbet and William Hill are licensed in the Northern Territory, while Tabcorp is licensed in both NSW and the Northern Territory.
News Corp reports Sportsbet, Tabcorp and William Hill denied approaching the seller of Bachelor photos and information.