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

The Risks and Rewards of Legal Sports Gambling in Ohio: An Exploration of its Impact on the Community and Addiction

Ohioans have always been passionate about sports, whether it be at the collegiate or professional level. With the legalization of sports betting over a year ago, they’ve been able to place bets on their favorite teams. This has proven to be quite lucrative for betting and gaming companies, with over $7 billion in bets placed by Ohioans. However, this newfound freedom has also come with consequences.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported over $1 million in fines to gaming companies for advertising and promotions violations. These penalties are a reminder that while legal sports gambling has brought economic benefits to the state, it must be regulated responsibly.

On Tuesday’s “Sound of Ideas” show, we’ll dive deeper into this topic and explore its impact on the region. 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 share their insights on how legal sports gambling has affected those struggling with addiction. Tune in to hear more!

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