Greens senator Richard Di Natale claims nothing will change under the revised code.
“The constant bombardment of betting odds will continue. Tom Waterhouse will continue to behave as a commentator as well as a bookmaker. The only change we get is that rather than having a Channel Nine logo on his microphone, he will have the Tom Waterhouse logo instead,” he said.
Free TV Australia has proposed a ban on live odds during play. Commentators and their guests will also be prohibited from promoting live odds during a game, as well as for 30 minutes before and after the game.
But the code does not restrict promotion of live odds for other sports events that occur at the same time, such as interstate matches.
Live odds can be advertised in commercials during scheduled breaks, or if play has been suspended for rain or if players ‘‘are yet to enter the field or area of play’’.
Advertisers such as SportsBet, BetFair and CentreBet can still advertise during breaks.
Horse racing, harness racing and greyhound racing are all exempt from the new proposal.
Source: The Age