theScore Bet Kicks Off Ad Campaign in Ontario - Casino Reports
theScore Bet Kicks Off Ad Campaign in Ontario – Casino Reports

The new started on the weekend, and one of 's leading sports betting brands, , has debuted its fall ad just in time for the opening games. Titled “Does My App Do That?” the campaign features new commercial sports, which demonstrate the unique combined media and betting experience through the mobile app.

theScore is one of the many private gambling operators who tout a provincial license by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Via the permit, the company is able to offer sports wagering and online offerings to Ontarians of legal age. At the end of last week, the province adopted new advertising rules, but those will come into effect in February 2024.

Two New Spots Now Airing

In its new two commercial spots, the company has put intertwined characters who embody theScore and theScore Bet brands. Through their interactions in the two commercials, they demonstrate the operator's streamlined betting experience, which is one of the company's leading verticals in Ontario's market for digital sports wagers.

Each spot displays customers at a sports bar, with one summing theScore Bet and providing relevant sports betting-related information while another character shows the seamless experience of placing an informed bet. These sports were developed with help from the Toronto-based marketing agency Diamond and were directed by The Director Brothers, Ryan McNeely and Josh Martin.

The new betting campaign also marks the end of the “Get Into Bet Mode” campaign which started in March 2022. This initiative promoted the sportsbook's new at the time feature “Bet Mode,” as comedian Susie Essman, actor Rex Lee and TV personality Gerry Dee presented it. But these three are celebrities and the spots might be illegal under the new provincial rules.

Athletes Barred from Betting Ads

As mentioned, at the end of August, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced that it would be banning the use of professional active or retired athletes in gambling advertisements. The decision came after the iGaming watchdog was heavily criticized for the bombardment of betting ads during sports games and their potential harm to children.

Moreover, the amended Standards for Internet Gaming limit the use of celebrities, role models, social media influencers, entertainers, cartoon figures and symbols that are implied to appeal to minors. These changes bolster the existing standard that, before the recent updates, banned the use of advertising and marketing content with a primary appeal to minors.

After the update in the advertising protocols, AGCO gave private operators a window to adjust marketing strategies. The new rules come into play on February 28, 2024. theScore Bet has not provided a statement regarding the changes. But its “Does My App Do That” commercials should not be affected by it due to not featuring celebrity actors.

Source: Ellis, Drew “New theScore Bet Ontario Ad Campaign Highlights Streamlined Betting” PlayCanada, September 7, 2023

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NFL Season Kicks Off, But Fantasy Issues Prevail in Ontario - Casino Reports
NFL Season Kicks Off, But Fantasy Issues Prevail in Ontario – Casino Reports

The new is just around the corner and Ontarians have plenty of betting options to place their wagers on. However, this is not the case for options, as the province has yet to resolve its limited fantasy sports contests. Therefore, popular sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog will not offer paid fantasy sports offerings in for the new season.

Ontario is the only province in Canada to allow numerous private-sector operators to run gambling sites, which led to numerous sports betting websites emerging in the province. However, it found that the legalization of third-party iGaming has led to a decrease in fantasy sports activity due to legalized sports wagering. Hence, many fantasy operators exit the scene.

No Progress at the Time

Peter Schoenke, the president of RotoWire and the person responsible for government affairs efforts for the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association said there has been no news on the topic. In a recent interview, he explained that there is plenty of interest from consumers but he is yet to find a lot of buy-in from federal or provincial politicians.

Currently, the province considers fantasy services pay-to-play, meaning that such operators must pay licensing fees and share their revenue with the local government. In addition to that, the province states that all participants must be physically located in the province. Thus, leaving player pools relatively small and larger companies lost interest in fantasy offerings in the province.

Meanwhile, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which regulates iGaming, said choosing to offer or not fantasy sports is an individual business decision that applies to registered operators. Last week, the regulator's team said that free-to-play fantasy sports have been and will continue to be allowed in the province, even after the launch of its iGaming sector.

Due to the smaller pool sizes, FanDuel said that this will lead to limited future contests and significantly smaller prizes, which may not sound too good for Ontarian consumers. The company suspended DFS offerings in the province in March 2022. It explained that if regulations are changed to allow larger contests, it would be interested to renew DFS service in the province.

There is a little optimism that the DFS scene in Ontario will change, after earlier this year, the province's Attorney General Doug Downey said fantasy sports were impacted by the launch of the jurisdiction's iGaming market. Hence causing liquidity . He did not say much on the topic but insisted he is working on something to help the sector.

Committed to the Cause

Mr. Schoenke also acknowledges legal sports betting issues are catching lawmakers' attention, hindering progress on fantasy-related reforms in the province. Despite the challenges, he and the FSGA are committed to advocating for change in Ontario, although it may take another NFL season or two before any significant changes finally come to life.

Source: Zochodne, Geoff “Ontario Set for Another NFL Season of Plentiful Sports Betting, but Limited Fantasy Options” Covers, September 5, 2023

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