What do we know after a year of legal sports betting in Canada?

By The Big Story

In today’s Big Story podcast, yes, sports betting has technically been around for a long time in this country. But it’s only been a little more than a year since single-game sports betting arrived to change the landscape completely. Now it’s difficult to watch any kind of sporting event without commercials urging viewers to get in on the action.

Mark Hill is a reporter and editor at Inverse. He joins us on the show today to discuss the ubiquity of sports betting services since their legalization in Canada, and the impact that may be having on those most at risk for ‘problem gambling.’

“it’s not that it should be illegal to [show] these ads, but at a certain point it’s going beyond, say, advertising beer, and feels more like someone coming into your house and offering you a scotch,” he said.

So how does sports betting compare to other forms of legal gambling? Will we eventually see betting commercials and content recede as the industry establishes itself? And from the government’s point of view, is this another legal cannabis fiasco?

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