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NCAA and EPIC Provide Sports Gambling Harm Prevention Education to Over 10,000 Student-Athletes

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As sports wagering expands across the US, the NCAA national office has continued to work to protect both the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of competition. Since the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional in 2018, the NCAA has focused on increasing educational efforts surrounding sports wagering integrity.

As part of the sports wagering educational strategy, the NCAA engaged EPIC Risk Management to provide a comprehensive and customized sports wagering gambling harm prevention program. Since the first full year of the program in 2022, over 10,000 student-athletes and administrators have attended in-person programming offered free to the membership.

The most recent NCAA Social Series welcomed Paul Buck, CEO of EPIC Risk Management, and Trever Wright, associate director of athletics for Cincinnati, to talk about the importance of the program.

“We specialize in the prevention of gambling related harm. For us, working with the college athletes is a really important program because we know that athletes are four times more likely to suffer from gambling related harm than the general population for a number of different reasons,” Buck said.

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As part of the program, the in-person campus sessions focus on sports wagering awareness, protecting the integrity of competitions, gambling addiction and harm, and student-athlete well-being.

“It’s really important that during these educational sessions, we make them aware of what the potential dangers are. We make sure they understand the importance of talking to the support they’ve got around them and just make sure that this doesn’t become a problem that ever affects their current life or their future career, either in the game or elsewhere,” Buck said.

With 33 states plus the District of Columbia accepting wagers on athletics competitions and 11 additional jurisdictions either considering or having already legalized sports wagering that is not yet operational, many student-athletes are surrounded by peers who wager on sports.

“What we are really trying to educate with our student-athletes is that there are a lot of things that are permissible for the general public that just aren’t for you, and it’s the same for the coaches and the administrators. We really try to focus on that aspect while really tying in our psychologists and mental health because one unique aspect of this is that when it (sports wagering) used to be illegal, they (student-athletes) didn’t really have any students or peers saying, ‘Hey, you cost me $200.’ Now with it being legal in the state of Ohio, you could face that within your own class, let alone social media,” Wright said.

Mixing gambling addiction education with real life stories from EPIC’s presenters, the sessions have been helpful for Cincinnati’s student-athletes, according to Wright.

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“Our athletes really benefit from real-world experience. Having somebody sit in front of them and speak of gambling addiction, what it looked like, how they went through it, how it affected his life, really was impactful, so much so that we’re having them (EPIC) back for another session,” Wright said.

If a student-athlete or someone they know does have a problem with sports wagering, Buck said it is important to reach out to somebody about it.

“If you do have a problem, talk. It’s one of the most stigmatized and silent addictions that there are, so if somebody is suffering a problem, we need to get the environment and ethos that it’s OK for that player or that staff member to come forward and talk about it because the real problems come with this if somebody bottles it up, doesn’t talk about it, doesn’t feel like they can talk about it and suddenly something happens like a suicide or mental health problems or certainly career over or that sort of thing,” he said.

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BIG Cyber Names Heather Lee Senior Director of Sales

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Gaming Industry Marketing and Sales Professional Joins BIG Cyber to Help Company Continue its Growth as a Cybersecurity Defense Technology and Services Provider

BIG Cyber, a BMM Innovation Group Company dedicated to providing robust cybersecurity services and solutions to the global gaming industry, today announced the appointment of Heather Lee as Senior Director of Sales.

BIG Cyber Chief Executive Officer Amit Sharma said, “As BIG Cyber continues to grow, we are excited to add experience to our team by welcoming Heather to drive our sales initiatives. She brings six years of experience in Gaming sales and is well recognized for her focus on customer service and building trusted partnerships.”

Lee previously served as Vice President of Casino Sales & Partnerships at Engaged Nation, where she spearheaded revenue growth and marketing excellence through the award-winning REACH customer-engagement platform.

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Before that, she was the Manager of Sales, Loyalty Marketing at Everi, and also worked for Atrient Technology.

Lee was recognized as one of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 class of 2022. Her commitment to gaming extends through her membership in the Global Gaming Women organization and her previous involvement in Everiߣs Women in Leadership Initiative.

Lee said,”I am excited to bring my experience and passion for sales to this dynamic organization. I look forward to driving growth, building strong customer relationships, and contributing to the continued success of BIG Cyber and its host of solutions focused on defending the gaming industry and protecting all who play.”

Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate from Florida Atlantic University.

 

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BetMGM Ranked #16 on Fortune Media and Great Place To Work’s 2024 Fortune Best Workplaces in Metro New York

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BetMGM jumps 40 places from previous ranking; joins Fortune 100 companies in “large” workplace category

BetMGM announced today that Great Place To Work® and Fortune magazine have recognized the operator as one this year’s Best Workplaces in New York. The leading sports betting and iGaming operator landed at No.16 and secured the spot on the prestigious list by surpassing rigorous benchmarks, establishing itself as one of the best workplaces among companies headquartered in the New York region. About 92% employees surveyed said that BetMGM is a great place to work, 35 percentage points higher than the average U.S. company.

“Landing on this prestigious list is a reflection of BetMGM’s ongoing commitment to fostering a great work environment,” said Adam Greenblatt, CEO, BetMGM. “I am honored to lead an organization filled with dedicated and talented employees who have created a place where people feel welcomed and supported.”

To determine the Fortune Best Workplaces in New York™ List, Great Place To Work® collected nearly 140,000 confidential survey responses from employees at eligible companies. Via the Trust Index™ Survey, employees shared honest feedback about their experience by responding to 60 statements about the employee experience and answering two open-ended questions. To be eligible for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and headquartered in the New York region.

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Some other figures from the survey revealed that 96% of BetMGM employees were made to feel welcome when they joined the company and 94% of employees surveyed are proud to tell others that they work at BetMGM.

“Congratulations to the Best Workplaces in New York,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO, Great Place To Work®. “As the business landscape is disrupted — from AI, global conflict, and market pressure — companies who have built a reservoir of trust with their employees will be more resilient and, ultimately, more successful.”

In 2022, BetMGM was No. 56 on the Best Workplaces in New York™ list and in 2023 they were Certified™ as a Great Place To Work®.

In 2024, BetMGM also was shortlisted by SBC North America and EGR North America for “Employer of the Year” honors.

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention, and increased innovation. When surveyed, employees overwhelmingly mentioned the people, inclusive culture, benefits, and work-life balance as reasons why BetMGM is a great place to work.

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According to Great Place To Work® research, job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a Certified™ great workplace. Additionally, employees at Certified™ workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work, and are twice as likely to be paid fairly, earn a fair share of the company’s profits and have a fair chance at promotion. Great Place to Work® Certification™ is the only recognition based entirely on what employees report about their workplace experience – specifically, how consistently they experience a high-trust workplace.

 

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Stake Colombia Partners with NetRefer for its Casino and Sportsbook Affiliate Marketing Platform

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Stake Colombia, the Latin America division of Stake, has entrusted its Casino and Sportsbook brands to NetRefer’s Affiliate Marketing Platform.

Colombia serves as Stake’s operational base for expansion throughout Latin America. Their influence in the booming LatAm iGaming market began in 2023, through the strategic acquisition of Betfair Colombia and its license. “Expanding into the Colombian market is a strategic decision that aligns perfectly with our vision for growth and innovation,” said Brais Pena, Chief Strategy Officer at Stake.

This vision underscores Stake’s commitment to establish itself as a key player within Colombia’s market, increasing the assertion of the nation’s status as a home for innovative foreign investments.

Stake has multiple high-profile sponsorships, and missing the iGaming giant is almost impossible. It sponsors the likes of Everton FC, the UFC Franchise, and now in 2024, they announced their biggest move to date: their very own Stake F1 Team. The company’s redefining of brand partnerships also includes a deal with Megastar rapper Drake. Now, with the establishment of Stake Colombia, the company is accelerating its massive influence in the LatAm market.

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In iGaming, it takes more than high-profile sponsorships to get to the top and stay there. To win that battle, Stake Colombia has an armada of popular Casino Games, Slots, Live Casino, Blackjack, and Drake’s favourite, Roulette, to accompany its extensive Sportsbook and keep the iGaming business skyrocketing to success. Apart from providing their customers with world-class games, how-to guides, and display boards promoting the best paying-out games, their easy-to-use platform allows players to place bets on various sporting events with minimal clicks and effort.

Stake works hard to maintain its dedication to fair play, legal operation, and transparency. This is demonstrated in their verified status with the Crypto Gambling Foundation and projects to promote responsible gambling. Their status as a ‘Crypto Casino’ is backed by all the cryptocurrency giants, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dogecoin, to name a few, in the jurisdictions in which this payment method is allowed.

Also noteworthy is the company’s commitment to security. State-of-the-art encryption methods and 24/7 customer support come as standard with Stake Colombia. Their priority to maintain player satisfaction is achieved through unique reward programs and campaigns, including their superb betting events with the rapping legend Drake, enhancing a better gambling experience and contributing to overall affiliate commission earnings.

Being a Stake.com.co Affiliate means earning commission for all bets placed on its Casino and Sportsbook, which, unlike traditional affiliate programs, means earning money even if players win. This ability to go above and beyond industry practices in various sectors has surely paid dividends to Stake’s rise to power.

Stake Colombia has partnered with NetRefer as their Affiliate Marketing Platform provider with Casino and Sportsbook brands. NetRefer expresses its delight to have such a renowned market leader join their client portfolio and become part of their journey to continued success.

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Become a Stake Affiliate: https://stake.com.co/es/afiliados-resumen

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