Sports Wagering-Not Just a Game

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Sports Wagering-Not Just a Game

Post by Administrator » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:18 pm

As college football, professional football, and professional basketball are in full swing, the FCCG wants to remind fans that you can enjoy the game without placing a bet on the outcome.

This is the time of the year when weekly office pools are prevalent in the workplace and although illegal, are often looked at as “harmless fun”. While this perception may be the norm, keep in mind that coworkers that are in recovery or are struggling with a gambling addiction could be seriously harmed by this activity.

Enjoying the game without betting on it is especially true for student athletes as NCAA guidelines forbid athletes from gambling on their sport. When a student athlete gambles on their sport, the integrity of the game could be compromised (i.e. point shaving, giving inside information to outsiders, “playing down”, etc.). Student athletes that engage in sports wagering could jeopardize both their athletic and professional careers.

If you do feel the need to gamble always remember to do so responsibly and make sure you aren't negatively affecting yourself or anyone around you financially, emotionally, or otherwise.

Think twice before placing a bet!

The FCCG is here to help! If you or someone you know has a problem, call the 24-hour, bilingual, confidential 1-888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine for resources and referrals.

FCCG Sports Wagering Statistics– 13/14
55% of sports bettors used bookies to gamble on sports
91% cited feelings of depression due to gambling
25% stated having suicidal ideations
The average debt was $88,016 which was substantially higher than the total sample ($51,460)
100% of the sports bettor that contacted the FCCG were male
58% said they had difficulty at work due to their gambling
40% had committed illegal acts to finance their addiction

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