It is not very common for Brazilian football clubs to appear together. This time this is indeed the case and what united the 34 clubs was the protest against the sponsorship ban of the betting companies.
Brazilian football rebels against “38-U”
Three characters, two letters and one number: 38-U. It sounds like a naval battle theme song, but instead it’s a descriptor of a change that has left football in Brazil in disarray. Almost all major clubs joined a chorus of protest, calling on the Senate not to approve amendment “38-U”, which sets out the new rules. ban on sponsorships Companies in the betting industry
The amendment, proposed by Senator Eduardo Girão and supported by the Brazilian Olympic Committee, would allow teams, athletes, former athletes, referees and members in various positions of sports federations of all types, including sports-related federations and Olympic committees, to It is prohibited to make sponsorship agreements with companies linked to the sports betting and gambling industry in general.
In addition, the change is not limited to this ban, but also restricts companies, especially in the sports betting industry, from broadcasting sports and advertising on social media at certain times. In essence, they would be only allowed from midnight to 6am Morning. All forms of visibility inside stadiums and sports facilities will also be prohibited.
Brazil: The most anticipated market got off to a bad start
In fact, the change appears to be going against the trend with the latest change legalization of sports betting It took place last August in Brazil. As if that wasn’t enough, such restrictions risk damaging President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his administration. ambitious economic and fiscal programThis includes increasing minimum wages and lowering taxes on the lowest earners.
A lot of money is needed for this type of policy, and in fact this was the impetus for the legalization of betting in Brazil, and as a result one of the largest legal markets in the world. Senator Girão’s amendment risks ruining everything, and it is no coincidence that the protest united all the main clubs, often not fully harmonious.
In total, 34 clubs belonging to both Libra (Brazilian Football League) and LFU (Liga Forte União) opposed it. The reasons are understandable: out of 40 Serie A and B clubs, 39 already have existing contractsand to abandon this would lead to significant economic harm at all levels, as well as the risk of costly legal disputes.