State-owned sports lottery Oddset has filed a preliminary injunction against broadcaster RTL, preventing it from running commercials for private sports betting.
A Hamburg court decided that sports betting must be a state-controlled business and that betting offered by private agencies was illegal. Oddset had filed a complaint against RTL for airing advertisements from betting agency Starbet.
The decision may hit other broadcasters, including sports weblet DSF and pubcaster ZDF, which cooperates with Austrian company BetAndWin.
Oddset’s complaint is based on a previous ruling by the federal constitutional court, which says that organized betting must put up limitations to prevent gambling addiction.
RTL will appeal.