Panel Title

Session 3-3-D: SPECIAL PANEL Bingo: From Margin to Centre

Location

The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

9-6-2016 2:00 PM

End Date

9-6-2016 3:30 PM

Abstract

Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, is known for strong competitive traditions in sports and games. It is also one of only three G-20 countries (together with Saudi Arabia and Indonesia) that currently bans non-state provision of gambling products. Bingo was a notable exception to this prohibition, after enabling legislation was enacted in 1993, with the intention that proceeds would help fund national sports development. The game quickly became very popular but there were persistent questions about, and contestations over, the capacity of the regulatory framework to control the dual risks of exploitation of bingo consumers, and corruption of politicians and public officials by bingo entrepreneurs. By the mid-2000s the enabling framework had been abandoned and the game returned to the domain of illegality.

Brazilian judges played an active and prominent role in the regulation of bingo during the shifts from prohibition to legalisation and back to prohibition. This paper critically and contextually analyses the complexities of judicial engagement with bingo regulation, focusing in particular on the ways that Brazilian judges have deployed social, economic, and political considerations to justify both permission and prohibition of commercial bingo houses. Recognising that contradictory and incoherent judicial decision-making is not unique to bingo law, the paper seeks to understand how the judiciary contributes to the governance of gambling in a setting where corruption is constructed as endemic.

Streaming Media

Ready, Set, and Go Back: The Role of the Judiciary in Brazil’s Bingo Ban

Keywords

Bingo--Law and legislation; Brazil; Courts; Gambling; Judges

Disciplines

Economics | Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Hospitality Administration and Management | International Business | Mental and Social Health | Psychology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Sociology | Statistics and Probability | Substance Abuse and Addiction | Tourism and Travel

Comments

Attachment: PDF containing 24 slides

Audio recording of session is attached as a downloadable MP3 audio file, 43.20 MB

33D_JobimMWilliamsT_pres_ReadySet.mp3 (43205 kB)
Audio recording of presentation

 
Jun 9th, 2:00 PM Jun 9th, 3:30 PM

Ready, Set, and Go Back: The Role of the Judiciary in Brazil’s Bingo Ban

The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, is known for strong competitive traditions in sports and games. It is also one of only three G-20 countries (together with Saudi Arabia and Indonesia) that currently bans non-state provision of gambling products. Bingo was a notable exception to this prohibition, after enabling legislation was enacted in 1993, with the intention that proceeds would help fund national sports development. The game quickly became very popular but there were persistent questions about, and contestations over, the capacity of the regulatory framework to control the dual risks of exploitation of bingo consumers, and corruption of politicians and public officials by bingo entrepreneurs. By the mid-2000s the enabling framework had been abandoned and the game returned to the domain of illegality.

Brazilian judges played an active and prominent role in the regulation of bingo during the shifts from prohibition to legalisation and back to prohibition. This paper critically and contextually analyses the complexities of judicial engagement with bingo regulation, focusing in particular on the ways that Brazilian judges have deployed social, economic, and political considerations to justify both permission and prohibition of commercial bingo houses. Recognising that contradictory and incoherent judicial decision-making is not unique to bingo law, the paper seeks to understand how the judiciary contributes to the governance of gambling in a setting where corruption is constructed as endemic.