Recent Federal legislative changes in the United States have led some states to liberalize gambling regulations to allow sports betting, with many more on the way. Though we have very little evidence about sports betting in the United States, primarily because of the newness of the market, there are lessons we can learn about what we might expect in this emerging market from recent international work on online sports betting, research on daily fantasy sports in the US, and research on treatment system implication of gambling expansion.
The first half of this webinar reviews the emerging literature on sports gambling and its relation to gambling-related problems. We discuss recent work examining the actual play patterns of subscribers to online sports gambling and daily fantasy sports betting. The second half of the webinar addresses the potential treatment system implications of gambling expansion, including potential treatment gaps related to demand and capacity, and how to assess and address them.