The Double-Edged Sword of Legal Sports Gambling in Ohio: Betting, Fines and the Growing Concern of Addiction

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

Ohioans have always been passionate about sports, whether it’s college teams or professional ones such as the Cavaliers and the Guardians. With the legalization of sports betting over a year ago, this passion has taken on a new dimension. Now, Ohioans can place bets on their favorite teams, which has proven to be lucrative for betting and gaming companies. Over $7 billion in bets have been placed by Ohioans since legalization.

However, this newfound ability to bet on sports has not been without its consequences. The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported that gaming companies have received over $1 million in fines for advertising and promotions violations. This raises questions about how legal sports gambling is affecting the region, especially for those who may struggle with addiction.

A recent survey conducted in Ohio from 2017 to 2022 revealed that the number of individuals struggling with gambling addiction in the state has tripled. This is a significant concern and highlights the need for more attention to be paid to this issue. 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 explore how legal sports gambling may be impacting those struggling with addiction.

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