News reports out of Norway are claiming that national lottery group Norsk Tipping may get the go-ahead to become the country's horse racing monopoly.
The current monopoly belongs to Norsk Rikstoto, but that contract will expire on December 31st, 2021. The government is looking to send the service over to Norsk Tipping in an effort to consolidate betting products. The Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Agriculture and Food will conduct assessments related to the possibly changes, and a decision will be based off that.
Any decision will be based first and foremost on responsible gaming, with Minister of Culture Trine Skei Grande saying, "The government will pursue a responsible gambling policy for the future. In connection with the ongoing work on a new gambling law, it is natural to look at whether a transfer of the horse games to Norsk Tipping can strengthen the exclusive rights model, or whether we should continue today's solution."
We'll be following the story and update readers as the process progresses.