Campaign For Fairer Gambling: Billions wagered illegally on NCAA tournaments

Campaign For Fairer Gambling: Billions wagered illegally on NCAA tournaments

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  • Chris Altruda, SportsHandle
April 11, 2024 3:14 PM
  • Chris Altruda, SportsHandle

An analysis commissioned by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling claims that $4.3 billion worth of illegal and untaxed wagers were placed on the recently completed NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all handle placed on college basketball‘s signature events.

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The monitoring, done by YieldSec, showed points where more than 70% of sports wagering-related social media posts and video content were directing audiences toward what it called “illegal betting and gambling operators.” The analysis estimates 43.1 million people — nearly 1 in 7 in the United States — had some sort of interaction with illegal gambling.

“This YieldSec special report illustrates the dire need for a comprehensive strategy to tackle illegal gambling in the U.S.,” said Derek Webb, Founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, in a statement.