Gambling addiction researchers wary amid legal sports betting

Gambling addiction researchers are concerned about a potential rise in problem gambling, following the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a 1992 federal law that prevented states from permitting sports betting.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Lia Nower, director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University, and Michael Burke, who was addicted to gambling and is now executive director of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling.

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Nower’s research found that most sports betters in New Jersey — the state that sued to legalize sports gambling — are 18 to 34 years old, half of them gamble once a week or more and almost two-thirds of them are at high risk of becoming addicted.

“Based on studies that we’ve done, folks that gamble on sports tend to gamble more often and have more problems than the average gambler,” Nower says. “A lot of legislation throws money at treatment, and my experience has been that by the time people need treatment, there’s already a lot of devastation.”

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