Football: Singapore Premier League clubs' jackpot machine quota cut

Jackpot machines at Gombak United have not been in operation since May 1. The SPL sit-out club's appeal to retain their jackpot machine licence is being considered by the MHA.
Jackpot machines at Gombak United have not been in operation since May 1. The SPL sit-out club's appeal to retain their jackpot machine licence is being considered by the MHA.ST FILE PHOTO

Reduction to 15 machines by end 2019 means clubs must lessen reliance on jackpot profits

Singapore's professional football scene was given an image makeover earlier this year, with the S-League rebranded the Singapore Premier League (SPL), along with changes that include turning its focus onto youth.

One thing that has not changed is the clubs' struggle for survival. Not only have they been hit with an estimated 20 per cent cut in funding this year, but another key revenue stream - from jackpot machine operations - is also trickling to a halt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2018, with the headline 'SPL clubs' jackpot machine quota cut'. Print Edition | Subscribe