Major League Baseball (MLB) announced its partnership with the American Gaming Association (AGA) to assist them in the Have A Game Plan.® Bet Responsibly.™ program. MLB also aims to increase cooperation with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) by becoming a Platinum Member and entering the Leadership Circle.
The Have A Game Plan.® Bet Responsibly.™ program intends to teach people and expand MLB’s responsible gaming efforts
“As legalized wagering continues to grow across the country, MLB is committed to ensuring that fans who choose to wager also have the tools and resources necessary to bet responsibly,” MLB executive vice president Kenny Gersh said.
MLB will show responsible sports betting PSAs on some of its broadcast and digital media platforms to increase awareness.
“With the expertise and additional resources of the AGA and NCPG, we’ll be able to expand our responsible gaming efforts further, driving new education, awareness and support service initiatives that will help keep sports betting safe, fun and entertaining for all those who participate,” Gersh added.
The league will also offer all 30 MLB Clubs campaign partnership opportunities. The AGA takes on the role of advising MLB in efforts to increase league-wide understanding of responsible gaming.
“Welcoming Major League Baseball as a ‘Have A Game Plan’ partner is a milestone for the campaign and responsible gaming efforts nationwide,” AGA senior vice president Casey Clark said.
“MLB understands that as legal sports betting grows so does our collective commitment to responsibility. This partnership will have a meaningful impact, teaching fans across the country the fundamentals of responsible wagering.”
In 2005, MLB was the first professional sports league to join NCPG. Currently, MLB collaborates with executive director Keith Whyte’s team on various problem gambling-related strategies.
MLB also actively promotes the NCPG’s National Problem Gambling Helpline across all of the organization’s media networks.
“We applaud MLB’s ongoing commitment to addressing problem gambling and look forward to their expanded efforts to support responsible gambling education to fans and families across the country,” Whytes said.
“If gambling becomes a problem, knowing the resources for help is crucial. MLB’s extensive reach will make a significant impact in raising awareness of the National Problem Gambling Helpline and the resources available for treatment.”
Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.
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