Concerns Over Gambling Addiction Raised by Experts More Than a Year After Ohio Legalized Sports Betting

Ohioans are known for their passion towards sports and their local teams, whether at the collegiate or professional level. The legalization of sports betting in the state has brought a new opportunity for betting and gaming companies, with Ohioans placing over $7 billion in bets within a year. However, this legalization has also had its consequences.

On one hand, fines have been reported by the Ohio Casino Control Commission to gaming companies for violations involving advertising and promotions. On the other hand, the most recent Ohio Gambling Survey from 2017 to 2022 showed that the number of Ohioans struggling with gambling addiction has tripled. This is a concerning trend that is being further explored and discussed.

During Tuesday’s “Sound of Ideas” discussion, the focus will be on diving deeper into these statistics and exploring how the past year of legalized sports gambling has impacted the region, especially for those struggling with addiction. The guests for this discussion will 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.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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