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Football Season Showcases Sports Betting Spike

Pretty much everyone in Ohio knows that the biggest game of the season is less than a week away. As we get toward the most exciting part of the college football season, it’s a good time to remind every sports fan out there to “Get Set Before You Bet.” Sports betting continues to spread across the country – and with it, the need to make sure people know the risks and how to gamble responsibly.

The Situation

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the doors for sports wagering across the country continues to stoke interest in legal and illegal sports wagering. The numbers are almost hard to believe:

  • The global sports betting market will grow from $104 billion to $155 billion between 2018-2024, according to a Zion Market Research report. Illegal wagering in the black market approaches $150 billion per year.
  • The Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association estimates nearly 60 million people play fantasy sports; 80% of them play fantasy football.
  • Daily fantasy sports growth is expected to exceed 10% per year between now and 2024.

As the popularity of sports gambling grows, so too, does its social acceptance. That’s why Before You Bet’s mission of promoting responsible gambling is so important.

The Solution

Before You Bet has earned national recognition for our diverse set of tools that provide education and awareness of responsible gambling practices and treatment resources. Those tools include:

Sports gambling isn’t showing signs of slowing down – but neither is our commitment to keeping people safe. For more responsible gambling information and resources, visit BeforeYouBet.org.

Tweets

Anyone can be at-risk of problem gambling. The number of professional athletes seeking help for gambling addiction has increased since the first coronavirus lockdown. Read more about this recent trend on SkyNews. https://t.co/K1fIYPC1z0

Did you know that children can pile up unauthorized in-app purchases when playing online games? Read the blog to learn about the correlation between online gaming and youth gambling and how to be a part of the solution. https://t.co/itwkxsjRyS #ChangeTheGameOhio #YouthGaming

In honor of MLK Day tomorrow, here are some of his wise words:
“We cannot walk alone.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay #YouAreNotAlone #GamblingHelpOhio