Gam­bling a big­ger threat

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North - PAUL RIOR­DAN, Townsville.

AS the No. 1 fan of the mighty Crocs and of the 100% Croc­o­dile, I find it hard to fathom how the NBL can crit­i­cise the Croc for go­ing a lit­tle bit to far. The fact he does go too far is why we love him.

He is part of the arse­nal that lifts the fans to make The Swamp the most feared awaygame venue in Aus­tralia. It strikes me as hyp­o­crit­i­cal of the NBL to sanc­tion the Croc for hold­ing his tail be­tween his legs while at the same fam­ily game at­mos­phere the court­side an­nouncer tells us the bet­ting odds on the game and how to make a bet.

We all know the prob­lems some fam­i­lies have with ex­ces­sive gam­bling and then pre­sent­ing the op­tion while chil­dren are lis­ten­ing is go­ing too far. But the NBL makes money from the in­sid­i­ous in­dus­try so I guess the mis­ery of oth­ers is OK by them.

Hands off our Croc and let’s drop the gam­bling ads..

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