DraftKings announced Monday that the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) — a 501(c)(3) whose leadership is made up of gaming executives, responsible gaming advocates, and health care executives — has awarded a three-year research grant to Bowling Green State University to study problem gaming across America, as well as risks associated specifically with sports betting.
DraftKings donated the money to the ICRG to help seed its fund to support research in sports wagering.
“A key pillar of our commitment to responsible gaming at DraftKings is our support for advancing research in this area,” Christine Thurmond, DraftKings’ director of responsible gaming, said in a press release. “We were honored to support the ICRG with launching the Fund earlier this year to provide researchers at the top of their field an opportunity to compete for funding to advance responsible gaming knowledge. I want to congratulate the ICRG and Bowling Green State University on this milestone.”
According to the release, this is a “first-of-its-kind” fund to focus on sports betting as it pertains to responsible gaming, with a stated goal of developing “scientifically based research that contributes meaningfully to the understanding and application of responsible gaming in the industry.”
Today, @DraftKings announced that the International Center for Responsible Gaming has awarded its 3 year research grant for the Fund to Support Research on Sports Wagering – congratulations Bowling Green State University @bgsu & @theICRG on this milestone! https://t.co/3XTICi6xgB pic.twitter.com/G9xDehMEFX
— DraftKings News (@DraftKingsNews) November 15, 2021
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Earlier this year, the ICRG began accepting applications from researchers at public and private institutions across the globe before selecting Bowling Green State University as the award recipient.
“This research project seeks to study the rapidly changing face of sports betting in the United States, with a focus on understanding what factors might lead some people to develop problematic play, whereas other people are able to wager without problems,” said Joshua Grubbs, who is in charge of the Bowling Green project. “Our hope is that this work can better inform efforts to promote responsible play and prevent the potential harms that problem gaming can cause.”
The goals of the study, according to the release, include:
- Establish the prevalence of sports betting behaviors in the adult population in the United States.
- Identify risk factors for problematic sports betting behaviors.
- Explore how technology influences sports betting.
- Establish the natural trajectories of sports betting behaviors over time.