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The Rising Human Cost of Sports Betting With Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling

Nothing, it seems, is more attractive than the ability to quickly win money. The reality with gambling is, unfortunately, quite the opposite. Problem gamblers – previously normal human beings just like you and me who learn first how to hide their addiction, even from themselves – not only lose money but often their homes, families and any semblance of what was a normal life. Keith Whyte, the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and a leading authority on sports gambling addiction issues, joins host Richard Levick of LEVICK to discuss the downside of sports gambling, which has become a mainstay of American entertainment. The floodgates opened in 2018 when the Supreme Court cut down a 1992 federal law that limited sports betting primarily to Nevada. There are now more than 30 states and territories that have legalized gambling and the major sports leagues, even the start up ones, have invested heavily. The question is: what kind of impact is this going to have on our mental and public health? Listen here