Friday, September 9, 2011
The Hypocrisy of Televisa, profiting from the tragedy in Casino Royale
With the tragedy of Casino Royale in Monterrey and as a pretext for profit. Televisa went ahead on August 29 and mounted a delirious show, transmitting hour after hour, about the irregularities that operate most of the Casinos in Mexico, except theirs of course. In a segment of Primero Noticias (First News) they become the judge and jury, were the network has sought out feverishly to clean its image and ignore the fact they occupied third place nationally in the gaming industry. A multimillion dollar business which naturally attracts corruption, money laundering, and violence ...
"Con solo venir ganas," "Just by coming you win," says the promotion of Play City located on the first floor of the exclusive shopping center in Antara Polanco, Distrito Federal. This center of bingo and sport booking is one of the 25 international betting establishments that SA , a subsidiary of Televisa, has opened across the country since May 25, 2005. Obtaining permission from the Interior Ministry to operate 130 screens (65 bingo and 65 sports booking) until May 24, 2030.
This is the largest number of permits issued at once to a company since the Law of Gaming was issued in December 1947. In less than six years Televisa has rival Grupo Caliente of Jorge Hank Rhon, a member of the Spanish group Codere and Corporation InterAmericana of Entertainment (CIE Group) and Alejandro Soberon Kuri, also a partner in Codere. Paradoxically, CIE Group is a partner of 49% with Televisa owning 51% in the entertainment company OCESA.
Despite being the third largest consortium in the gaming industry and legalized gambling, Televisa organized on Monday August 29 in the program Primero Noticias (First News) a gateway to four hours that were attended by political leaders, businessmen, legislators, comedians, athletes, drivers, the president of the Republic and of course the president of Televisa, Emilio Azcarraga Jean. The purpose was to make a call to "close ranks" and "unite" against criminals, because of the tragic events at the Casino Royale in Monterrey.
Judge and jury in the industry of gaming and betting in Mexico, Televisa has also reported about the corruption in the operation of 561 stores operating in Mexico, of which only 306 are legal, according to information from the Secretary of Interior. However, the company never mentions that they are part of this great business that seeks to expand into the real "gold mine": online gambling on the Internet.