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Bet anywhere, anytime: An analysis of Internet sports bettors’ responses to gambling promotions during sports broadcasts by problem gambling severity

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posted on 27.04.2018, 00:00 by Nerilee HingNerilee Hing, Alexander RussellAlexander Russell, M Lamont, P Vitartas
Promotions for online sports betting during televised sports broadcasts are regularly viewed by millions of Australians, raising concerns about their impacts on vulnerable groups including at-risk and problem gamblers. This study examined whether responses to these promotions varied with problem gambling severity amongst 455 Australian Internet sports bettors participating in an online survey. Results indicated that young male Internet sports bettors are especially vulnerable to gambling problems, particularly if they hold positive attitudes to gambling sponsors who embed promotions into sports broadcasts and to the promotional techniques they use and this heightens the risk that alluring messages contribute to excessive gambling. As problem gambling severity increased, so too did recognition that these promotions have impacted negatively on their sports betting behaviour. Because a plethora of sports betting brands and promotions are now heavily integrated into sports coverage, social marketing efforts are needed to offset their persuasive appeal and counter the positive attitudes towards them that appear linked to excessive gambling amongst Internet sports bettors.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

33

Issue

4

Start Page

1051

End Page

1065

Number of Pages

15

eISSN

1573-3602

ISSN

1050-5350

Publisher

Springer Verlag

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Southern Cross University; Latrobe University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Gambling Studies