Gambling Among College Students Term Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Sports Type: Term Paper Paper: #56411754 Related Topics: Sports Betting, Ncaa, College Sports, Lottery
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Gambling among college students is a growing problem on campuses across the country.

A study released in May 2004 by the National Collegiate Athletic Association showed a growing tendency toward gambling among college-student-athletes, prompting the NCAA to commission a task force to study the problem (Dooley Pp).

According to NCAA President Myles Brand, "The scope of sports wagering among intercollegiate student-athletes is startling and disturbing ... Sports wagering is a double threat because it harms the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of college sports" (Dooley Pp). The study revealed that gambling was a bigger problem among male athletes, about 35%, than compared to 10% of females (Dooley Pp). Football, golf, wrestling and lacrosse were the sports with the highest percentages of male athletes betting, while the sports with the largest numbers of female wagering were golf, lacrosse, basketball and field hockey (Dooley Pp).

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In fact the spread of casinos around the country may be contributing to problem gambling among college students, because according to Michael Frank, a professor of psychology at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey, "student who live close to casinos are more prone to gambling addiction ... And it seems to be increasing in recent years" (Breaux Pp).

A 1997 study by Harvard Medical School's Division on Addictions revealed that roughly half of the college students surveyed in the United States and Canada said they had gambled at a casino during the previous year (Breaux Pp). Edward Looney, director of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling says that "gambling is festering in every high school and college in New Jersey ... it's absolutely epidemic ... Just about any college in the country has students who gamble at race tracks and casinos (Breaux Pp). One student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was recently accused of bilking the school out of $3,000 in a payroll scheme to support his gambling habit (Breaux Pp).

Research suggests that the amount of underage casino gambling is substantial and that teenage casino gamblers also gamble on lotteries as well…

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Work Cited

Dooley, Jason. "Gambling on the Rise among College Student-Athletes, Study

Reports." The Daily News:Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service. 5/16/2004; Pp.

Breaux, Kia Shante. "Gambling seen on the rise among college students."

Associated Press. Online. 4/17/1998; Pp.

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