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Poll: Should sports sponsorship by alcohol companies be regulated?

Sports Minister Leo Varadkar has tabled a voluntary opt-out scheme for sports clubs, teams and organisations.

The All-Ireland Hurling Championship was headline-sponsored by Guinness for 13 years.
The All-Ireland Hurling Championship was headline-sponsored by Guinness for 13 years.
Image: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

SPORTS MINISTER LEO Varadkar has tabled a proposal which would see sports organisations, clubs and teams compensated for lost revenue if they opt out of sponsorship from alcohol companies.

The scheme would be less severe than that proposed by other members of government who want to see a full ban on any links between the drinks industry and sport.

The Minister said a similar opt-out system works well in Australia, arguing that a full ban could be considered at a later stage “when it is shown that the money lost can be replaced through alternative sponsors”. What do you think?

Today, we ask: Should sports sponsorship by alcohol companies be regulated?


Poll Results:

No (987)
I don't know (784)
Yes, there should be a full ban (503)
Yes, but it should be voluntary (with compensation for those opting out) (473)




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