The U.S. Sports Betting will further impact the well-being of Americans in 2022
The economic impact of sports betting has been significant. In 2019, Americans wagered more than $15 billion on sports, according to the American Gaming Association, a trade group. That figure is expected to grow to $20 billion by 2022. The gaming association said that more than $3 billion was bet on the Super Bowl this year.
The total amount bet on sports in the U.S. is still a fraction of what is wagered in other countries. In 2018, gamblers in the U.S. placed $151 billion in bets on sports, compared with $637 billion in the United Kingdom and $ 275 billion in China, according to the research firm H2 Gambling Capital.
The rise of sports bettingis the rise of gambling problems
Sports betting has also been accompanied by an increase in the number of people with gambling problems. In 2019, the American Psychiatric Association updated its diagnosis manual to include “internet gaming disorder,” which it said affected about 1% of American adults.
The gambling industry has responded to the growth of sports betting by pouring money into lobbying and campaign contributions. In 2018, the industry spent $17 million on federal lobbying, nearly double what it spent in 2015, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group. And the industry’s political action committee gave nearly $3 million to federal candidates in 2018, up from about $1.4 million in 2015.
Government and Sports Betting
The gambling industry has also found allies in state legislatures, where its lobbyists have helped pass laws friendly to sports betting. In 2019, for example, a bill was introduced in the Illinois legislature that would have allowed people to bet on in-state college games, something that had been banned for decades. The bill was championed by the state’s casino industry and opposed by the state’s athletic directors, who worried about the effect of gambling on their athletes and teams. The bill ultimately failed, but not before it exposed the deep divisions between the gambling industry and the state’s college sports programs.
The rise of sports betting has also led to an increase in the number of people with mental health and financial problems. The bill ultimately failed, but not before it exposed the deep divisions between the gambling industry and mental health issues.
Remember, casinos and sports betting websites never lose, the only loser is a gambler!
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