Question Paddypower "novelty bet" Oscar Pistorius verdict..

Wild Reels

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Heard this on the news today and id say i'm far from being politically correct but is this taking bets too far?

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theres currently a petition doing the rounds also, and obviously it made the news also, to me its just in really bad taste and i doubt its going to do them any good whatsoever.
 

Casinomeister

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Personally, I think this is in extremely poor taste. I'm removing them from the "Casinomeister Picks" section for now. Using personal tragedy for marketing purposes is abhorrent.
 

Casinomeister

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I don't know if this is just a ploy to gain attention (e.g. Golden Palace and its tattooed babies and streaker incidents), but they've lost their moral compass on this one.

I would like to see their marketing execs explain the reasoning behind this betting offer to the parents of Pistorius' girlfriend - or even Pistorius' parents themselves. Is it to gain more customers? C'mon. There are better ways to go about it.
 

dunover

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Treating a trial where a woman has lost her life in the same way they would take bets on a verdict in reality TV show or soap opera storyline is f*cking disgusting. I hope they get the bad publicity they deserve and it costs them a packet ultimately.
 
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paul7388

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that's the problem with paddy powers advertising , many of their adverts and special bets especially on their face book are offensive and as close to the edge as they can get away with but think this is even going to far by their poor standards
 

Casinomeister

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Thinking bout this a bit more - I'm suspending their accreditation for the time being. At least until they discontinue the promo or provide a convincing statement explaining why this is acceptable.
 

Simmo!

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I'd love to know how the idiot that came up with this idea would react if it was a member of his family that had been shot and killed and a company decided to use it as a "branding" opportunity! It just epitomises how fucked up the world is.
 

Casinomeister

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Here's an excellent article from the Guardian that expresses my sentiments exactly:
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bigjohn

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These are the same idiots who sponsored Dennis Rodman going to North Korea for 'basketball diplomacy'. Stupid.
 

winbig

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Something similar happened to Zimmerman (the FL guy that killed that kid). A promoter was going to have a "celebrity" boxing match between him and DMX. There was so much outrage that they canceled it. Maybe paddypower will do the same and cancel all bets?
 

Slotster!

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Paddy Power market themselves on their "edgy" humorous outlook - like the "ball of shame" promotions etc. the Twitter feed is very funny mocking football management and players etc...

Totally agreed that, in this instance, they've had a massive moral, marketing and general humanity nightmare - to the extent I thought it couldn't possibly be true until I read the Guardian link.

We're not talking loss of form from a premier league striker; someone lost their life.

Abhorrent.
 

bigjohn

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Paddy Power market themselves on their "edgy" humorous outlook - like the "ball of shame" promotions etc. the Twitter feed is very funny mocking football management and players etc...

Totally agreed that, in this instance, they've had a massive moral, marketing and general humanity nightmare - to the extent I thought it couldn't possibly be true until I read the Guardian link.

We're not talking loss of form from a premier league striker; someone lost their life.

Abhorrent.
I believe quite a few lost their lives and/or livelihoods in N. Korea too.
 

chayton

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“We’re offering a market on the outcome of a trial because people want to bet on it. We’ve had over a thousand people place bets on this. It is the story of the year - it’s the water cooler conversation, everybody is talking about it. We are just responding to demand by offering a price on that. That’s what we do.”
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jetset

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Just wrong. But so is televising the trial IMO.
I agree, this smacks of pandering to a media that is mainly interested in commercial advantage off the arrangement. There has already been a breach of the court conditions by one dumbass media company.

I'm also less than happy with the pre-trial "trial by media" that was rampant in the days leading up to the trial. The legal experts say this does not influence the case because South Africa has no jury system and the assessors and judge are legally trained and therefore capable of putting speculation and hearsay to one side. I still think it is wrong, and in this case the media was broadcasting their own ballistics tests and every sort of rumour and speculation around the case. IMO that has to influence the ordinary persons involved in the matter.

I am personally doubtful that Pistorius is telling the whole truth, but he is nevertheless entitled to a fair trial.

As for Paddy Power, they've made a name for themselves as edgy marketers, but they've overstepped the mark this time imv. Still, if you believe that all publicity is good publicity, they're doing quite well out of the coverage on their taste-challenged offer.
 
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