Safer Sports Betting Summit

wednesday, july 20, 2022

The Safer Sports Betting Summit brings together stakeholders in sports and gambling, including representatives from leagues, colleges, sportsbooks, affiliate marketing and athletes themselves.

Participants will discuss key questions including:

  • What are the responsible gambling roles and responsibilities for leagues and college athletics departments?
  • What are the critical roles and risks in the affiliate marketing ecosystem?
  • How are the responsible gambling challenges for sportsbooks similar and different from other forms of gambling?
  • What are the responsible gambling lessons learned from the past 3 years and what are the emerging responsible gambling opportunities? 
  • How do we protect professional and amateur athletes from gambling problems?

The 2022 Safer Sports Betting Summit will be held in conjunction with the NCPG 36th National Conference on Responsible Gambling & Gambling Addiction in Boston, MA. 


Session Details

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Welcome & Overview

Brianne Doura-Schawohl

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Responsible Gambling Roles & Responsibilities for Leagues

Sabrina Perel; Joe Solosky

Moderator: David Purdum

League representatives will discuss their roles and responsibilities in sports gambling in the midst of a massive shift in law, regulation and public perception.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sportsbooks & Responsible Gambling

Tammi Barlow; Teresa Fiore; Chrissy Thurmond; Rich Taylor

Moderator: Marlene Warner

How are the responsible gambling challenges for sportsbooks similar and different from other forms of gaming? What are the responsible gambling lessons learned from the past 3 years? What are the emerging responsible gambling opportunities? 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Break & Networking
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Player Protection Problems

Jim Brown; Brianne Doura-Schawohl; Tim Fong, MD; Christopher Mackey

Moderator: Steve Ruddock

How do we protect professional and amateur athletes from gambling problems? New challenges and new opportunities abound.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Closing Roundtable

Brianne Doura-Schawohl; Cole Wogoman, JD

Join legislators, regulators, operators and advocates for a roundtable on key issues raised during the Summit.

Sports summit Speakers

Tammi Barlow

Tammi Barlow is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Rush Street Interactive. She has over a decade of experience building and managing responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility programs for companies in the gaming industry. 

Jim Brown

Jim Brown is Head of Integrity Services & Harm Prevention, North America at Sportradar.  

Brianne Doura-Schawohl

Brianne Doura Schawohl is the founder and CEO of Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC.  She most recently served as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management, a global harm prevention consultancy, conducting work in over 24 countries. Prior to her role at EPIC, Brianne served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Her experience includes a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, and communications. Her practice spans a wide range of work with executive and legislative branch officials and private sector stakeholders at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government. She works with Congress and numerous state legislatures and regulators to provide expert advice on gambling policy.  Additionally, she continued to be featured in numerous local, state, national, and international media, including CNBC, ESPN, and CBC.

Teresa Fiore

Teresa Fiore is Manager of Responsible Gambling and Corporate Social Responsibility at PointsBet. She has nearly five years of experience within the sector, and previously served as Program Manager of Research and Responsible Gaming at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. 

Tim Fong, MD

Tim Fong, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and he is board certified in adult and addiction psychiatry. He is the Co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.

Dr. Fong is part of the Steering Committee of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative whose mission is to address the most pressing questions related to the impact of cannabis legalization through rigorous scientific study and discourse across disciplines.        

Christopher Mackey
Sabrina Perel

Sabrina Perel serves as the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at the  National Football League.

Dave Purdum

David Purdum reports on the business side of the gambling industry for ESPN. He appears frequently on Daily Wager, the network’s daily sports betting news and information television show, and has covered the gambling industry since 2008.

Steve Ruddock

Steve Ruddock is a writer in the poker and gaming industry. He serves as the Senior Gaming Analyst for and the Editor in Chief at Gaming Law Review.

Joe Solosky
Joe Solosky  is Managing Director of Sports Betting at NASCAR.
Rich Taylor

Richard L. Taylor, Jr. is the Responsible Gambling Program Manager for BetMGM where he oversees the company’s responsible gambling strategy, initiatives, and functions. Prior to his current role, Richard worked for MGM Resorts International as its Executive Director of Responsible Gaming and Military Affairs. Under his leadership, MGM Resorts received multiple awards from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) for its work promoting responsible gambling with employees, guests, and the public.

In addition to his current role, Richard serves as the Chair of the NCPG’s Military Committee. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.

Chrissy Thurmond

Chrissy Thurmond is Director of Responsible Gaming at DraftKings Inc. She is responsible for providinemployees and customers with education, safer play gaming information, tools anresources andeveloping anmaintaininexternastakeholderelationships. Before joining DraftKings, Chrissy was a senior business contributor at the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health (MACGH) where she was instrumental in hiring the GameSense Advisors who are promotinresponsible gaming aneducatinpatrons on casino games in all Massachusetts casinos. Prior to her time with the MACGH, Chrissy worked at Harvard Medical School, where she served in various leadership positions.

Marlene Warner

Marlene Warner is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health and has been with the Council since 2001. She is also a founding member of the Spectrum Safer Gaming Associates. She works to address player health and safer gaming domestically and internationally within land-based casinos, lotteries, sports betting operators, online gaming platforms, and racing venues. She received her M.A. from the George Washington University and B.A. from Gettysburg College. She lives in Salem, MA with her husband and three children. 

Cole Wogoman, JD

Cole Wogoman joined NCPG in November 2021. He focuses on advocating for NCPG’s legislative agenda of problem gambling and responsible gambling policies to both the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. Cole also works with NCPG’s Board of Directors, state affiliates, and members on proposed state and local legislation and regulations across the country. Cole is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia. Previously, he served as legislative counsel for D.C. Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, advising her on a wide range of issues, including sports gambling, transportation, and agency oversight. Before his time in public service, Cole worked as an associate for the law firm of Willkie Farr and Gallagher. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame.