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Experts sound alarm on addiction concerns following over a year of sports betting legalization in Ohio.


Apr 2, 2024

Sports are a major passion for many Ohioans, whether it be collegiate teams or professional teams such as the Cavaliers and the Guardians. With the legalization of sports betting over a year ago, Ohioans have been able to place bets on their favorite teams. This has proven to be lucrative for betting and gaming companies, with over $7 billion in bets placed by Ohioans. However, there have also been consequences, as the Ohio Casino Control Commission reported over $1 million in fines to gaming companies for advertising and promotions violations.

On the other hand, the most recent Ohio Gambling Survey from 2017 to 2022 revealed that the number of Ohioans with gambling addiction has tripled. This poses a significant concern and raises questions about how legal sports gambling has impacted the region, especially for those struggling with addiction.

This topic will be explored in more depth on Tuesday’s “Sound of Ideas” show. Guests such as Michael Buzzelli from the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, Nabil Pervaiz from Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ed G. from Area 10 Gamblers Anonymous organization, Joe Messner from Ana Zao Community Partners in Wooster, and Joe Scalzo from Crain’s Cleveland will discuss these statistics and the impact of legal sports gambling over the past year.

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