By Dan Plumley

22nd Jan, 2022 | 9:40pm

Dr Dan: Leeds United could suffer losses to the tune of £18m

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Leeds United could suffer losses to the tune of £18million if the Premier League are forced to impose bans on gambling sponsors.

That’s according to Dr Dan Plumley, who claims that the Whites’ three-year deal could be jeopardised.

Leeds are currently sponsored by Asian online bookmaker SBOTOP after entering into a deal with them in 2020.

Per Plumley, the club have signed on for a deal that’s valued at £5-6million per season.

The reason this is coming under scrutiny is that the Gambling Act is considering new rules limiting sports gambling advertising. [The Times]

Discussing this with MOT Leeds News, the Sheffield Hallam University expert said, “Any loss in sponsorship is a financial hit.

Everything I’ve seen about Leeds United is roughly about £5-6million a year and it’s a three-year deal. If there’s a ban, the club has £5-6million out of their pocket every year.

If you lose that sponsor you have to replace it. I do think there’ll be something else to replace that sponsorship.

“In the short term, it certainly poses a problem.”

The Premier League and EFL are expected to intervene and urge the government not to bring in harsh restrictions on sponsorship deals.

This would not only impact the English top flight but would also be a massive blow for teams lower down the pyramid as they rely a great deal on betting sponsors.

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