Sports betting and problem gambling experts are to descend upon Cleveland next week, as the third Annual Summit on Sports and Gambling gets underway on July 18.

In the midst of a revolutionary shift in the US sports betting market, following the Supreme Court’s decision to over the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the summit is set to be held during the larger four day National Conference on Problem Gambling.

The conference, hosted by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, sees over 600 individuals specialising in the areas of treatment, prevention, education, research, judicial, regulatory, legislative, and other fields, as well as the recovery community, expected to be in attendance

Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director, commented: “The Summit brings together leading experts to provide the latest updates on political and policy developments in sports betting.  

“Attendees will be able to critically evaluate the implications of the expansion of sports betting and utilise tools, such as our Sports Betting Responsible Gambling Standards, to build a safety net in their jurisdiction.”

Set to be opened by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge and retired Cleveland Browns linebacker Dick “Bam Bam” Ambrose, observations on the human side of sports betting and professional sports are set to be shared.

Amongst the 20 additional presenters are representatives of the American Gaming Association, Gambling Compliance, Global Market Advisors, International Center on Youth Gambling and Risk Behaviors, Major League Baseball, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Sportradar.

Amongst the many session topics to be featured are:

  • The prospects of Ohio legalising sports betting and the potential impacts
  • Lessons for other states from Las Vegas
  • Update on legislation and regulation
  • College athletes and gambling addiction
  • Will legalisation of sports betting increase gambling problems?
  • Protecting integrity and preventing addiction
  • Young athletes and gambling problems

The third annual summit on sports and gambling at the 32nd National Conference on Problem Gambling, will be held on July 18 from 8.00am-5.00pm at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.