The increased availability of sports betting apps has made it easier for consumers to place their bets. However, this has put a strain on the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, which is struggling to meet the increased demand for its services.
In just one month, from December to January, the nonprofit responsible for running Florida’s addictive gambling prevention program reported a 138% increase in demand. With more people turning to sports betting as a form of entertainment, the organization is finding it difficult to keep up with the needs of Florida residents.
NBC6 affiliate WPTV reports that the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling expects to receive around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. The organization has noticed a significant increase in calls from young adult men, indicating that this demographic is particularly at risk for gambling addiction.
The recent legalization of sports betting in Florida may have contributed to the rise in demand for services related to gambling addiction. According to estimates by the American Gaming Association, a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the Super Bowl alone. With more people having access to sports betting options, it’s likely that more individuals are becoming addicted and seeking help from organizations like the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling.