New York Sports Betting: Problem Gambling Advisory Council En Route

Written By Eli Hershkovich on June 29, 2022
New York sports betting

Even though New York sports betting has generated plenty of buzz since it launched in January, there are other considerations when it comes to problem gambling. The state is beginning to take the necessary steps to help achieve them.

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New York Sports Betting: Guidance For Problem Gamblers

From accruing record-breaking tax revenue over a five-month span to seeing its June handle tick back up despite the sports schedule slowing down, NY sports betting continues its growth. Now, lawmakers have approved a budget plan that puts the state in position to push on with the licensing application process for three downstate casinos.

But with that comes more potential for problem gambling. The 63-member State Senate acknowledged that notion by passing S409A/A658A. The bill, which is backed by State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), is directed at the state to form a problem gambling advisory council.

In a recent survey by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), it deduced that five percent of adults in the state (roughly 668,000 people) have demonstrated problem gambling habits in the last year. Another study gathered that 10 percent of adolescents (of 140,000 students in grades 7 through 12) showcased such activity as well. Moreover, 10 percent of that group required immediate treatment.

“The legalization of mobile sports betting brought higher than forecast educational funds and revenue to our state, and the recent approval of downstate casino licenses will create jobs and additional resources,” New York State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, a cosponsor of the bill, said. “But this legislation demonstrates that we have not forgotten that we must prioritize problem gambling and address it in a timely, proactive manner.”

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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