Report addresses how to mitigate against the potential rise of problem gambling among young adults
NCPG Offers Recommendations on Sports Betting Partnerships with Colleges
Washington, DC – Today the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) released a report from its Prevention Committee called “Recommendations on Partnerships Between Higher Education Academic Institutions and Sports Betting Operators.” The report addresses how sports betting operators, institutions of higher learning, and state governments can help mitigate against the potential rise of problem gambling among young adults that might occur as sports betting becomes legal in more states.
“The NCPG Prevention Committee’s report is comprised of recommendations that can help limit the number of young adults who could develop signs of gambling addiction as a result of sports betting, which is expanding rapidly across America,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director. “We hope gambling operators, institutions of higher learning and state officials each feel a sense of urgency in adopting these responsible gambling policies and problem gambling treatment measures, whether sports betting is legal or might be in the near future.”
The report gives an overview of why the recommendations are needed, focusing on how young adults are especially vulnerable. Some startling facts contained in the report include:
The report’s recommendations are tailored for each of the respective parties to implement.
Sports betting operators should:
Universities and colleges should:
State governments should:
The best way to protect students and student athletes from gambling addiction is for all parties to work together to provide education, awareness and help on this hidden addiction. This includes effective tools and sensible limits that support informed choice and require consumer protections in the unique environment of higher education. Institutions of higher learning have a great responsibility toward their students, in this as in other aspects, to ensure that their educational environment does not present a danger but helps them to be successful as students and adults.
About the National Council on Problem Gambling
Based in Washington DC, the National Council on Problem Gambling is the only national nonprofit organization that seeks to minimize the economic and social costs associated with gambling addiction. If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline, which offers hope and help without stigma or shame. Call or text 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat. Help is available 24/7 – it is free and confidential.
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March 23, 2021