According to Radio 5 today the FA has agreed a sponsorship deal with Betfair (I think I’ve remembered the correct betting company) whereby following a subscription to Betfair FA cup games can be viewed, and discounted bets placed. I was driving at the time, so I’m sure someone will correct me if I’ve got the gist of this wrong. If right, I’m astonished. Surely the betting industry is the last source of sponsorship they should be considering. I was very impressed recently with Luton’s Chairman, who turned down a £1 million shirt sponsorship deal with a betting company. He clearly shares my view that a growth in the betting industry benefits no-one except betting company shareholders.