Massachusetts AG Launch Coalition to Educate Youth on Gambling Risks

Andrea Campbell, the Massachusetts Attorney General (AG), has announced a collaboration of industry stakeholders to launch the Youth Sports Betting Safety Coalition. This organization has been tasked with raising awareness and educating 12 to 18-year-olds about the potential risks of problem gambling.

The AG has expressed that the reason for this new coalition is because of the proliferation of sports betting throughout North America. Members of the coalition want to address the potential dangers of sports betting to some players, and the coalition will provide information tailored to youth in the 12 to 18-year age range.

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The founding members of the coalition comprised a range of gaming industry stakeholders including Campbell's office, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the NCAA, and leading professional sports teams like the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Because Massachusetts has entered a new era with sports betting now literally available at your fingertips, it is critical that we raise awareness of the public health risks associated with this activity, particularly for young people. This coalition brings together the business, professional sports, nonprofit and responsible gaming communities to best achieve one common goal: better protect and educate young adults across the Commonwealth.

Andrea CampbellAttorney General for Massachusetts

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The NCAA is to play a pivotal role in The Youth Sports Betting Safety Coalition as the representative body of one of the largest youth sports bodies. The launch of the coalition came in conjunction with the recent NCAA tournaments in the state, featuring basketball and hockey.

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Campbell pointed to a survey carried out by the NCAA asking youths aged between 18 and 22 about their experience of gambling and advertising in the gaming sector. It highlighted that more than 50% of those questioned had engaged in some form of betting activity on sports matches.

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The survey also asked the youth about their perception of gambling adverts and this led to more than 58% of respondents saying TV and radio gaming adverts made them want to gamble in the future.

The NCAA is committed to protecting the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of collegiate competition from the harms of sports betting, The Association is proud to work with Attorney General Campbell and the Gaming Commission, and Boston’s pro teams to extend our reach and educate more young people about sports betting risks. I am thankful the Attorney General is bringing the right people to the table to work on this issue.

Charlie BakerPresident of the NCAA

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