Legal Regulation of Sport and Betting in Bulgaria

  • Boris Kolev
Part of the ASSER International Sports Law Series book series (ASSER)


The first legal rule on gambling in Bulgaria was introduced in 1892 in the then effective Law on the Obligations and Contracts. The rule provided that all obligations which have arisen as the result of a game or a bet were “natural” and, as such, their enforcement could not be sought by way of court proceedings. Four years later gambling was entirely forbidden by the law. In 1923, another attempt for legalization of gambling was made with the enactment of the Law on Imposition of Tax and Fee on the Betting and Entertainment Games, however, five years later the legal ban came into force again. Nevertheless, there is evidence that some forms of gambling activity continued to be practiced mainly in the major Bulgarian cities. This book looks at the Law and the Policy on Betting and Sport in many countries around the world—port is a global phenomenon—providing a very useful and valuable comparative survey on a subject that is so vital to safeguarding and preserving the integrity of those sports in which betting is legally allowed. The country reports show how sports-related betting is organized in the country concerned, also from a historical and policy perspective (national Lotteries Act; state run/state licensed lotteries and/or private operators; how the licensing system for public operators works; state supervisory mechanisms, etc.), and contain a treatment of the national case law.


European Union Legal Regulation Sport Club Gambling Activity European Economic Area 
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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris Kolev
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  1. 1.Bulgarian Legal SocietySofiaBulgaria

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