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

Sabrina Perel; Joe Solosky

Moderator: Brianne Doura-Schawohl

Representatives from leagues 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 – 2:45 pm
The Critical Role & Risks in the Affiliate Ecosystem

Dave Purdum; Steve Ruddock

Affiliate media and marketing play an important role in connecting bettors with sportsbooks but it largely operates outside the traditional regulatory framework and the public eye. Learn about the rapidly evolving and expanding affiliate ecosystem and the critical role it plays in sports betting and responsible gambling.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Break & Networking
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Sportsbooks & Responsible Gambling

Tammi Barlow; Teresa Fiore; Chrissy Thurmond; Adam Warrington; 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? 

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Player Protection

Jim Brown

Moderator: Tim Fong, MD

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

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

Sports summit Speakers

Tammi Barlow
Jim Brown
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
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.        

Sabrina Perel
Dave Purdum
Steve Ruddock
Joe Solosky
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. 

Adam Warrington

Adam Warrington is the Vice President of Responsible Gaming for FanDuel. In this role Adam oversees the company’s responsible gaming team, whose mission is setting the standard for what it means to be a responsible operator. The mission is brought to life through integrated strategies with key internal anexternastakeholders. Adam oversees the responsible gaming team, strategy, and operationaexecution across all FanDuel lines of business.