Entain and EPIC to Educate MLS Players on Gambling Harm
The Entain Foundation and EPIC Risk Management have announced a multi-year partnership with the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA), the representative body of soccer players in North America’s top football league, to educate players on gambling awareness.
This agreement has been penned for three years and sees Entain and EPIC supply a program to MLS players that outlines education on gambling awareness, as well as a list of resources for players who feel they are vulnerable to gambling-related harm.
Funding and Cooperation
The program is funded by the Entain Foundation, which is a charitable organization to promote safer betting and will be available to all members of the MLSPA. The scheme will comprise a series of workshops and will feature topics such as preventing gambling harm, with a list of resources to achieve this.
We are looking forward to working with the MLSPA and its membership in delivering this national program to provide crucial education and advice regarding the ever-growing relationship between wagering and professional sports in the U.S. The players, staff and MLS in general have a global reach and will therefore be subject to considerable sports wagering attention around the world.
This program is intended to provide MLSPA members with an informed understanding to minimize the risk of sporting integrity issues that can arise from gambling activities, as well as utilizing our considerable lived experience from facilitators who have elite sports backgrounds, who can also advise on the effects that gambling-related harm can have on an individual's performance and welfare.
Dan Jones, the COO of MLSPA, said. "This partnership with EPIC Risk Management and Entain Foundation U.S will enhance our ability to educate and equip our player pool as the presence and inherent risks of sports betting continue to evolve and permeate players' lives. We look forward to working alongside them to ensure players have access to crucial education, resources and support."