Sports Betting Apps Lead to Surge in Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling Demand Despite Declining Usage

Florida’s Gambling Addiction Hotline Overwhelmed by Increased Demand Following Legalization of Sports Betting Apps – NBC 6 South Florida

According to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, the ease of access provided by sports betting apps has led to a struggling demand for their services. Despite this, the nonprofit organization contracted to run Florida’s addictive gambling prevention program has seen a 138% increase in demand over just one month from December to January. This significant increase highlights the impact of sports betting apps on consumer behavior.

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling anticipates that it will receive about 40,000 calls during the current fiscal year, which is significantly higher than the approximately 26,000 calls it received in the previous year. The increase in calls is largely coming from young adult men, indicating a potential correlation between sports betting apps and this demographic.

Notably, Sunday marked the first time that people in Florida could legally bet on the Super Bowl. The American Gaming Association expects a record 67.8 million Americans to have bet on the game, indicating the widespread popularity and appeal of sports betting.

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