The much-derided process to award Germany’s 20 federal sports betting licences may finally collapse after a ruling Monday by a Wiesbaden court, which criticised every single aspect of the present method of selecting licensees.

The Administrative Court of Wiesbaden said in its ruling - issued following a request by an Austrian sports betting operator which had failed in its application - that it had reviewed the procedure and found that it contained various legal violations, was a restriction on the freedom to provide services, and impeded on the right to a discrimination-free and transparent selection process.

The Higher Administrative Court will have to ratify the lower court's decision but should this happen it would block the granting of licences for at least another year, and possibly for longer...

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