The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has written to news and media outlets in the state urging them not to publicise unlicensed sports betting websites.
Writing in an open letter, DGE director David Rebuck said unlicensed sites lack consumer protections, integrity protocols and money laundering controls, which in turn puts players’ safety at risk.
As such, the DGE said news and media outlets should only source information from websites that are licensed either in New Jersey or another regulated state.
The regulator advised outlets to limit any discussions on wagering odds for an event when there is no authorised source available. Outlets were also urged to avoid including a hyperlink to unlicensed sites as consumers could use this link to access illegal gambling.
If an unlicensed site must be mentioned in an article, the outlet should include a statement that the site does not hold a licence to offer sports bets in New Jersey. It should also provide a link to the DGE website, informing readers that this provides list of approved operators.