European Union Law, Gambling, and Sport Betting. European Court of Justice Jurisprudence, Member States Case Law, and Policy

  • Anastasios Kaburakis
Part of the ASSER International Sports Law Series book series (ASSER)


Carmen Media and Engelmann are the latest in a series of many cases handled by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on matters dealing with gambling, sport betting practises, and member states’ traditionally-established monopolies. EU Law application on these cases has been problematic and fairly inconsistent among national courts and the ECJ itself. In an era where online gaming, in particular, is rapidly growing into a larger share of the gambling industry, and considering the ease of access and multitude of products, services, and transactions involved, the ECJ, European Commission, and national governments are toiling over the most prudent, balanced, and practical approach and policy directions for the future of the industry in Europe.


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Occasionally an academic author is provided the opportunity to think… and thank. Without the slightest hesitation this manuscript is dedicated to my wife, Kristin, and her parents, Marilyn and Tom Folkl, for granting me the privilege to be a part of their family and concurrently continue along an often self-destructive path and quest for more knowledge, research, and perceived contributions. If I ever approach any semblance of life balance, it will only be because of them, and the miracle our children present us every day. Further, I wish to acknowledge Dr. Ryan Rodenberg, a dear friend and the epitome of a colleague, who unwaveringly dedicated a tremendous amount of time and intellectual effort during late nights and early morning discussions and correspondence on research matters sufficient for decades’ worth of research agendas. I am extremely fortunate to learn from him every day, and I constantly admire his life attitude, work-family balance, consistent clarity, and ethic. My gratitude is always due to Dr. David McArdle, without the friendly prodding of whom I would not be able to write a complete sentence, let alone academic research (not that I currently can, that is …). Earlier versions of this research would not have seen the light of print without his persistent fodder for my research journey. My academic debt to them and the many outstanding colleagues, who constantly serve as inspiration along this blessed path, is immeasurable and humbling.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anastasios Kaburakis
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  1. 1.Department of Management, John Cook School of BusinessSaint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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