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Lane Lyceum: Online Sports Betting with Professor Dick Daynard

by | Jan 31, 2024

Online Sports Betting: Is it the Dough or the Dopamine?
with Professor Dick Daynard
Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 on Zoom

Link to Zoom recording: https://youtu.be/bBH0j2P__W4

On March 10, 2023 the floodgates opened in Massachusetts for online sports betting promotions. The ads were everywhere, including on TV, on the sides of buses, and on garbage cans in Boston! In 2018 the Supreme Court gave the green light for states to allow online gambling, and the Massachusetts legislature – not seeing any downside – did just that. What they didn’t foresee was that the apps would emulate slot machines, allowing (and encouraging) bets on every play, and turning customers into gambling addicts. Gambling is every bit as addictive and harmful as alcohol, nicotine and heroin: indeed, half of addicted gamblers consider suicide, and 20% attempt it. We will discuss what can, and should, be done about this.

Richard Daynard is University Distinguished Professor of Law and President of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University. Professor Daynard has been on Northeastern’s faculty for 54 years where he is most known for his contributions to public health law and strategic litigation, especially against the tobacco industry. His work is focused in health law and policy, consumer protection, and public interest advocacy. He is the recipient of the 2019 Robert Morris, Sr. Award for Courage in Litigation from the Massachusetts chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Professor Daynard is probably best known for his contribution to establishing the legal liability of the tobacco industry for the adverse health consequences, including
disease, disability, and death caused by tobacco use. He has authored over 100 publications spanning the areas of public interest advocacy, civil liability, and consumer protection. He has also lectured on tobacco control issues in 54 countries.