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Sports Betting Intelligence Unit terms of reference

This document sets out the terms of reference for the SBIU, based on the recommendations of the Panel and the benefits of our experiences since the unit was formed.

Published: 3 December 2018

Last updated: 19 January 2022

This version was printed or saved on: 1 December 2023

Online version: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/licensees-and-businesses/guide/sports-betting-intelligence-unit-terms-of-reference

Overview: ## Introduction

The aim of the Gambling Commission (the Commission) is to make gambling fairer and safer1. Our five strategic priorities are to deliver this vision are to:

In the summer of 2009 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) established a Sports Betting Integrity Panel (the Panel), bringing together experts from the betting industry, the police, players, fans, Sports Governing Bodies (SGBs), the legal profession and the Commission. The aim of the Panel was to make recommendations as to the design and implementation of an integrated strategy to uphold integrity in sport and associated betting.

One set of the recommendations of the Panel’s report concerned the Commission, building on its existing work to establish a Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU). The Commission welcomed this recommendation and the SBIU became operational in 2010.

The primary role of the SBIU is to contribute to the Commission’s strategic priorities. It will do this by supporting and facilitating collaboration across operators and other agencies concerned with raising standards in relation to sports betting integrity. It also strives to foster national and international standards where it is clearly in the interests of British consumers to do so.

This document sets out the terms of reference for the SBIU, based on the recommendations of the Panel and the benefits of our experiences since the unit was formed.

Terms of Reference

The SBIU will focus upon collecting and analysing information and intelligence relating to potentially criminal activity in respect of sports betting, where that activity:

The SBIU will act as the operational hub of Britain’s Betting Integrity National Platform as set out in Article 13 of the Macolin Convention.

It will help bring together the intelligence efforts of partners and play its part in protecting sports betting from corruption in support of the Sports and Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan and the strategic elements of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in a new tab):

Further information

If you would like more information about the SBIU please consult the Commission’s website or contact the Commission on their general enquiry line on 0121 230 6666.

If you have information concerning illegal gambling activity that you would like to report please contact the Commission on our confidential intelligence line on 0121 230 6655.

Footnotes - SBIU terms of reference

1 Gambling Commission strategy 2018 - 2021

2 Examples of ‘Parties’ could include participants as defined by a sports governing body, employees of a betting operator, employees of a TV or telecoms company etc

3 Additional information for event organisers can also be found in the Governments Gold Framework (opens in a new tab)