Super Sunday Ďs Hidden Cost
By Paul
Super Sunday isnít so super for Ed Looney, Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc: According to Looney, the biggest day in the US sporting calendar also boosts the coffers of organized crime, and contributes hugely to the volume of calls to his organizationís helpline.

Whatís more, the huge growth of online sportsbooks is only making the problem worse (or, depending on your point of view, making life much easier for the average gambler).

'Super Bowl office pools and the growing problem of sports betting over the Internet have made Super Sunday the biggest betting day of the year'.

'There is also a major concern with the explosion of sports betting over the Internet in the past two years, ' adds deputy director Kevin O'Neill. An estimated $4.5 billion will be bet on the Net in 2002, up from $2.2 billion in 2000, according to Christiansen Capital Advisers. 'A large percentage of this will be placed on sports betting, and particularly football,' states O'Neill. Looney estimates that Sports betting related problems are the third highest volume of calls to the councilís helpline ((1-800- GAMBLERô)

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