An increase on high-stake betting among AFL players is becoming a huge gambling problem. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are wasted on betting.
An increase on high-stake betting among AFL players is causing huge gambling problems, stated David Schwartz, former problem gambler and the head of the AFL’s renewed gambling addicts program.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are wasted on sports booking and horse racing. Around thirty players place bets day before their games with the amounts up to AU$40.000.
“This kind of behavior among players borders with ‘epidemic’” says Schwartz.
AFL Struggles With Players’ Gambling Problems – Players Lose Up To AU$100.000
The essence of increasing high-stake betting can be found in footy’s spare time. Once they are done with practices, players have too much spare time on their hands and they fulfill it by visiting booking venues and tracks. AFL players not only bet on horse racing, but they also place large bets on American sports such as NBA and NFL.
The issue was brought to daylight by captains of AFL teams in March. Schwartz said,“I know players who have lost three-quarters of their wages in a month through gambling, which is hundreds of thousands over time.”
AFL Is Preparing New Anti-gambling Measures
Due to the fact that most players are secretive about their addictions, David Schwartz made a progressive gamblingprogram to make ‘coming out’ to public easier for players. The AFL league is doing whatever they can to help their players because “one player struggling with gambling problem is one too many”, stated Andrew Dillon, AFL’s general counsel.
The league is willing to use Schwartz’s approach in order to help players finish their professional careers with heads held high, instead of finishing it with debts.
Allowances As A Measure
Most players fight their gambling problems with friends, families or with the help of their managers. Some managers have taken matter into their own hands by giving players allowances in order to control their gambling problem better.
Schwartz also says that many players finish their professional careers bordering on bankruptcy. Players feel that they need that one big win to secure their futures and often neglect the importance of wasting AU$100.000 on betting.
David Schwartz has done the right thing by bringing out the hidden footy problem. It will raise awareness among other players and hopefully a common solution for the problem will be found.