Florida’s Gambling Addiction Hotline Overwhelmed by Increased Demand Following Legalization of Sports Betting Apps – NBC 6 South Florida

Surge in Demand for Gambling Prevention Services: The Impact of Sports Betting Apps in Florida

In recent years, sports betting apps have made it easier than ever for consumers to place their bets. However, this convenience has not gone unnoticed by the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. According to the organization, the ease of access to sports betting apps has led to a struggling demand for their services.

The nonprofit organization responsible for running Florida’s addictive gambling prevention program has seen a 138% increase in demand from December to January. This significant increase highlights the impact that sports betting apps are having on consumer behavior.

NBC6 affiliate WPTV reports that the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling expects to receive about 40,000 calls during the current fiscal year, which is much higher than the approximately 26,000 calls received in the previous year. The increase in calls is mainly coming from young adult men, indicating a potential correlation between sports betting apps and this demographic.

It’s worth noting that Sunday marked the first time that people in Florida were legally allowed to bet on the Super Bowl. The American Gaming Association predicts that a record 67.8 million Americans will have placed bets on the game, demonstrating its widespread popularity and appeal.

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