Summit on Sports & Gambling

Pre-Conference Workshop
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
8:00 am – 12:00 pm  Part 1
1:00 pm –   5:00 pm  Part 2

The 3rd Annual Summit on Sports & Gambling brings together thought leaders in the sports and gambling fields to review current issues, discuss next steps and provide solutions to minimize the negative impacts of gambling addiction on athletes and society.

The United States is facing the biggest potential expansion of gambling in its history with the recent Supreme Court decision on sports betting.

With the revolutionary shift in attitudes towards sports betting by the professional sports leagues and the expected action of dozens of states to pass legislation allowing sports betting, there is an urgent need to examine current consumer protection issues and prepare to mitigate problems caused by the anticipated expansion of legalized sports betting. Individuals involved in amateur and professional sports are at higher risk for gambling problems, and gambling problems are a threat to the health of athletes and to the integrity of the game.

Sports Summit Schedule: 

Speakers listed as of 7/6/18, schedules will be updated as confirmed.




Welcome & Opening Remarks

Keith Whyte, Executive Director, NCPG


Opening Remarks:

Former Cleveland Browns linebacker and current Ohio judge welcomes the Summit attendees to Cleveland with his observations on the human side of sports betting and professional sports.

Honorable Dick Ambrose, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas


Keynote: Living Las Vegas-Lessons For Other States From The Capital of Sports Betting

The co-author of the ground-breaking UNLV report Professional Sports Teams in Las Vegas: What the Research Says reviews the key findings and lessons for other communities.

Dr. Kahlil Philander, Washington State University


Ohio Implications

Hear from key Ohio stakeholders about the prospects of Ohio legalizing sports betting and the potential positive and negative impacts on the state, cities, communities and families.

Moderator: Amanda Blackford, Ohio Casino Control Commission

Derek Longmeier, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Hon Bill Coley, Ohio Senate

Jamie Salsburg, Former College Athlete

10:00am to 10:30am

Networking Break


What’s Now & Next: Update on Legislation & Regulation

Get the latest updates on which bills have passed and predictions on what will happen next from experts in the field.

Moderator: Karen Russo, Ohio Lottery

Brendan Bussmann, Global Market Advisors

Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, JD, Dickson Wright

James Kilby, GamblingCompliance

Mandy Hagan, American Gaming Association


Risk & Recovery: College Athletes and Gambling Addiction

Hear about the risk factors unique to college student athletes from former players who developed gambling problems in college. Learn about their strategies for recovery and advice for players and colleges.

Lesa Densmore, LD Coaching

Jamie Salsburg




Adaptation/Exposure: Will Legalization Increase Gambling Problems?

One of the biggest questions in the gambling research field is the impact of expansion.  Will the prevalence or severity of gambling problems increase?  Do populations tend to adapt over time, and what are measures that may reduce harm or increase protective factors on a population level?

Moderator: Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, Ohio Mental Health Administration

Kahlil Philander, PhD, University of Washington;

Rachel Volberg, PhD, Gemini Research


Protecting Integrity and Preventing Addiction: Responsible Gaming & Sports Betting

Professional leagues and college athletic departments have long opposed legalized sports betting, but many have radically shifted their positions and are actively lobbying for legalization.  The Leagues, their data providers and the NCAA have been invited to discuss current and future steps to protect the integrity of the game and the health of their players and personnel.

Moderator: Carla Tricarichi, Ohio Lottery

Andy Cunningham, Sportsradar

Edgar Burch, JD, NCAA

Ricardhy Grandoit, Major League Baseball


Networking Break


What Do We Know About Young Athletes & Gambling Problems?

One of the world’s foremost experts on youth gambling reviews research from around the world on gambling, risk taking and athletics, including the three NCAA surveys of college student athletes.

Jeff Derevensky, PhD, International Center on Youth Gambling and Risk Behaviors


Wrap Up & Closing Remarks