OPINION: NBA Finals will trigger a surge in sports betting. We need to help problem gamblers.

OPINION: NBA Finals will trigger a surge in sports betting. We need to help problem gamblers.

Article brief provided by USA Today
  • Bill Miller, USA Today
June 3, 2023 6:10 PM

As the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat meet in the NBA Finals, Americans will bet tens of millions of dollars on the outcome. The U.S. Supreme Court made such betting possible in 2018 when it overturned the federal ban on sports betting.

And new research by the American Gaming Association shows that the overwhelming majority of American adults (85%) say the court made the right call in allowing states to decide whether to legalize sports betting.

The public embrace of sports betting has drawn media attention to problem gambling and how to bet responsibly. That discussion is important, and one that the gaming industry welcomes.