April 22, 2024 12:25 am
Concerns Over Gambling Addiction Raised by Experts More Than a Year After Ohio Legalized Sports Betting

Ohio’s love for sports and local teams runs deep, whether it’s at the collegiate or professional level. The legalization of sports betting a year ago has brought in billions of dollars in bets for gaming and betting companies, but it has also come with consequences.

While the Ohio Casino Control Commission has fined gaming companies over $1 million for advertising and promotions violations, there is a growing concern about the increase in gambling addiction among Ohioans. A recent survey conducted from 2017 to 2022 showed that the number of Ohioans with gambling addiction has tripled. This trend is being closely monitored and discussed.

On Tuesday’s “Sound of Ideas” discussion, experts will delve deeper into these statistics and explore how legal sports gambling has impacted the region, especially those struggling with addiction. The guests for this discussion include Michael Buzzelli, Associate Director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, Nabil Pervaiz, Manager of Prevention Services at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ed G., a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery with the Area 10 Gamblers Anonymous organization, Joe Messner, a Licensed Clinician at Ana Zao Community Partners in Wooster, and Joe Scalzo, a Reporter at Crain’s Cleveland.

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