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Perspectives on the Impact of Sports Betting on Mind, Body, and Brain

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling -

Dr. Fong presents as part of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling’s Sessions series.

The Future Impact of Sports Betting On California

UCLA Gambling Studies Program -

On Friday, November 4, 2022 (9 AM-12 PM) the UCLA Gambling Studies Program hosted a forum focused on the public health impact of expansion of sports betting on California. The deep conversation focused on:

  • Reviewing the history and current culture of sports betting in California
  • Updates from other states on the experience of introducing regulated sports betting
  • Identifying critical public health issues that will impact California with the expansion of sports betting

Growing concerns over teens and gambling

Good Morning America -

Online gambling is the fastest growing form of gambling and some teenagers are getting hooked. “GMA” spoke to Dr. Fong and one teenager battling a gambling addiction that left him thousands of dollars in debt.

Addiction Experts Fear the Fallout if California Legalizes Sports Betting

KHN -

California voters will face two ballot propositions this fall aimed at capturing the state’s sports betting market. One would legalize sports betting, but only within existing brick-and-mortar establishments that already offer gambling and at horse-racing venues. The other would legalize online sports betting. Dr. Fong comments on how these measures may worsen the chances of addiction.

Everything you need to know about the two sports betting propositions

USC Annenberg Media -

Two California propositions would expand residents’ access to sports betting, which raises concern for state officials and residents alike. Dr. Fong discusses the increased risks of gambling addiction.

ATV News features Dr. Fong in segment on CA’s sports betting legalization

ATV News -

Two propositions on the November ballot that would legalize sports betting have sparked controversy. Dr. Fong comments on the potential impacts to public health.

Crypto Crash: Digital currencies lose more than $200B in one day

Today -

Investors of bitcoin and other digital cryptocurrencies are trying to recover after losing more than $200 billion in market value in a single day. Dr. Fong provides insight on risky behaviors associated with crypto investing.

Chicago casino could worsen problem gambling, Chinatown leaders worry

ABC7 Eyewitness News Chicago -

Will Jones of ABC7 Eyewitness News Chicago reports on concerns surrounding the proposed construction of a new casino near Chinatown Chicago.

Report: Problem gambling grew during pandemic; Nevada makes efforts to help

NPR -

KNPR Nevada’s Mike Prevatt and Kristen DeSilva report on the rise of problem gambling during the pandemic and the state’s latest efforts to help.

Betting on the Super Bowl: All in good fun?

UCLA Health -

Sandy Cohen interviews Dr. Fong on the popularity of betting on the Super Bowl.