Major League Soccer (MLS) players will now receive education on gambling harm in a new initiative launched by the league, alongside Epic Risk Management and the Entain Foundation US – the charitable arm of Entain.
MLS Players To Receive Gambling Harm Education
In a new deal between the Major League Soccer (MLS) and Epic Risk Management and the Entain Foundation US, players will receive education on the harms of gambling.
Epic and Entain will work alongside the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA), who are the collective representatives of the players playing in the MLS.
The partnership will mark the beginning of a three-year programme, which will include customised gambling harm education and awareness programmes and advisory resources.
Delivered by Epic, players will be able to take part in gambling harm prevention education and awareness workshops.
Prevention resources, advisory resources and content will also be made available to the every member of the MLSPA.
The Importance Of Education
“We are looking forward to delivering this national program to provide crucial education and advice regarding the ever-growing relationship between wagering and professional sports in the US,” Epic’s Ben McGregor said.
Martyn Lycka, who is the senior vice president for American regulatory affairs and is responsible for gambling at Entain, also highlighted the importance of the deal with the MLS.
“Given the significant ongoing rise in the popularity of sports betting throughout the country, the importance of educating athletes and the public at large cannot be overstated,” Lycka said.
MLSPA’s Chief Operating Officer Dan Jones added more on the benefits of the deal to educate players.
“This partnership will enhance our ability to educate and equip our player pool as the presence and inherent risks of sports betting continue to evolve and permeate players’ lives.
“We look forward to working alongside them to ensure players have access to crucial education, resources and support.”