Author Archives: Neva

Problem Gambling & the Big Game

With so much hype surrounding the Big Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, the first Sunday of February is sure to once again be a difficult time for problem gamblers and their families. From constant coverage on television and social media to box pools in the office, the thought of gambling […]

Does the Biggest Football Game of the Year Really Coincide With Increased Domestic Violence?

A few decades ago, an alarming statistic started making its rounds with the national media. According to a Boston Globe reporter at the time, the biggest Sunday matchup of the NFL season was also the most dangerous day for women in abusive relationships. Due to factors like the on-screen violence happening in the game, the […]

How a Popular Video Game Spawned an Unregulated, Multi-Billion Dollar Virtual Casino Industry

In a previous blog post, we discussed how “skin gambling” and “loot boxes” have taken the virtual gaming world by storm, introducing many teenagers and young children to a newly-developed world of unregulated online gambling. This article dives further into the subject, highlighting the story of Elijah Ballard, a boy who started displaying symptoms of […]