Mobile & Online Sports Betting Raises Concerns In New Jersey
During a congressional hearing on federal sports betting regulations last month, Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, raised the voice on how the new legal mobile & online sports betting tools in New Jersey could increase potential addictive behavior on sports fans. Whyte mentioned the number one problem is these tools won’t attack the core gambler that is used to betting on sports, but the casual sports fan; especially a young-demographic group. He says opening this world to the general public could become a potential addictive problem. “I don’t think we’re really prepared for those things coming together,” Whyte said. “The more activities, the more types of gambling you engage in is pretty predictive of risk for gambling problems.”
NJ State – The Leader In mobile & online sports betting
New Jersey has been the leading state in mobile and online sports betting. They have eight different online and mobile apps available. Keith Whyte and Lia Nower, director of the Center for Gambling studies at Rutgers University, applauded the state’s gaming regulators at the Division of Gaming Enforcement for embracing best practices of responsible gaming. But they are advocating New Jersey incorporates those recommendations into the online and sports betting framework. “If you can provide some harm reduction when people start to move — because it’s a spectrum from being just regular social gamblers to problematic gamblers — people will be able to continue gambling, just at a manageable level,” said Nower.
“(Sports betting) appeals to the group of folks that the casinos have long been trying to get (and) figure out a way to get into casinos,” Nower added. “It’s a different animal because it appeals to young people.” Legal Sports betting has been approved in Nevada, Delaware, West Virginia, Mississippi, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Other states like Michigan, California, Connecticut, and Illinois amongst others have put the wheels in motion to pass the sports betting bill.
“There will be a small but significant portion of gamblers who experience negative consequences as a result of sports betting,” Whyte said. “Together with all stakeholders who will profit from sports betting, our challenge is to implement measures to reduce that harm as much as possible even as sports gambling expands across the nation.” The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey revealed nine out of 10 gamblers are able to do so without any negative repercussions.
Sports betting is a reality, and several markets will soon start advertising towards the gambling experience. We mentioned a few weeks ago DraftKings is expanding, but not only them. The NHL will get massive revenue out of sports betting action and the NBA, and several other entities will shortly cash in as well. “As a result, it is likely that most Americans will soon be bombarded by marketing urging them to bet instantly from their phone on every action by every player on every play in every game in every sport,” Whyte mentioned on Capitol Hill.