Ohioans are passionate about sports and their local teams, whether it’s at the collegiate level or with professional teams like the Cavaliers and Guardians. Since it became legal for Ohioans to bet on their favorite teams over a year ago, this new sports betting opportunity has proven lucrative for betting and gaming companies, with Ohioans placing over $7 billion in wagers. However, legalization also had some consequences.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission has reported over $1 million in fines to gaming companies for violations involving advertising and promotions. On the other hand, the most recent Ohio Gambling Survey conducted from 2017 to 2022 showed that the number of Ohioans with gambling addiction has tripled. This increase in gambling addiction is a worrying trend that is further researched and discussed.

On Tuesday’s “Sound of Ideas” discussion, experts will explore how the past year of legal sports gambling has affected the region, particularly those struggling with addiction. Guests for this discussion will include Michael Buzzelli, Assistant Director of the Ohio Problem Gambling Network, Nabil Pervaiz, Manager of Prevention Services at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ed G., a recovering compulsive gambler at Area 10 Gamblers Anonymous, Joe Messner, a licensed clinician at Anna Zao of Community Partners in Wooster, and Joe Scalzo, reporter at Crain’s Cleveland.

By Samantha Johnson

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