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Table 5 Reform perspectives given in the stakeholder discussions of sports betting in major Australian newspapers

From: A comparative content analysis of media reporting of sports betting in Australia: lessons for public health media advocacy approaches

Category Time Period One + Time Period Two Totals N = 241 (%)a Time Period One: Dec 1 2012–30 June 2013
N = 114 (%)a
Time Period Two: Sept 1 2015–31 May 2016
N = 127 (%)a
p-value
Positive for regulatory reform of the sports betting industry, its products or promotions 117 (49) 72 (63) 45 (35) <0.0001 **
(a) Regulatory reform to protect vulnerable sub-populations 57 (24) 41 (36) 16 (13) <0.0001 **
(b) Regulatory reform to protect the integrity of sport 38 (16) 19 (17) 19 (15) 0.717
(c) Regulatory reform – no specific reason given 22 (9) 12 (11) 10 (8) 0.475
No perspective relating to regulatory reform 81 (34) 25 (22) 56 (44) <0.0001 **
Mixed views regarding regulatory reform 28 (12) 7 (6) 21 (17) 0.012
Regulatory liberalisation of sports betting 11 (5) 7 (6) 4 (3) 0.267
Endorsed status quo regarding current regulations 4 (2) 3 (3) 1 (0.8) 0.347b
  1. **Statistically significant level < 0.0017
  2. aPercentages rounded to the nearest whole number
  3. bResult of Fisher’s exact test