OPINION: Gambling’s pervasiveness saps joy from watching sports

OPINION: Gambling’s pervasiveness saps joy from watching sports

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  • Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg News
August 21, 2023 6:56 PM
  • Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg News

Those who enjoy gambling on their favorite sport may welcome the announcement of a deal between ESPN, arguably the most powerful sports media brand, and casino operator Penn Entertainment to create ESPN Bet, a branded sportsbook that will be available on all devices and some retail locations.

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There is a certain air of inevitability around this deal. From a cold start four years ago, legal sportsbooks have quickly become a fact of American sport. Whether or not you’re a bettor, there’s no getting away from gambling ads on TV, on mobile phones and in sporting venues. Inevitably, too, calls to gambling hotlines have spiked.