BBC gambling logo row at snooker championships

Neil Robertson has hit out at the BBC after the broadcaster has limited the number of advertising logo’s players can wear on their waistcoats during the current 888.com Snooker World Championship.

When 888.com signed a five-year contract to sponsor the championship in 2005 with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), they agreed that all players were required to wear a 888.com logo on their waistcoat.

And now because of the BBC, that leaves only one lucrative advertising spot on the players’ waistcoat – something that Robertson feels is unfair.

"We need to make a stand as its costing us all a lot of money. After all, darts players can wear more than two logos and drivers in Formula One, which is returning to BBC screens next year, any number of them," said the Australian.

“Some people have lost £20,000, £30,000, £40,000 or maybe even more because of this. It’s ridiculous. These days, with the small amount of tournaments we have, sponsorship income is even more important.”

Steve Davis, who is a member of the BBC commentary team during the competition, started up a petition, handed it round to fellow players on the tour and passed it along to BBC chiefs.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2008-04-21 11:14:28




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