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UMass gambling study turns focus to Springfield

February 04, 2020 - With the impact of casino gambling still a source of conjecture, the University of Massachusetts will continue its research into its impact in the state - and in upcoming months, in Springfield. Read the Mass Live story here

Massachusetts Continues to Study Problem Gambling, Other Effects from New Casinos

February 13, 2020 - University of Massachusetts Professor Rachel Volberg is leading a team of researchers studying the impact of casinos on the Bay State. Read the Casino.org story here

UMass Amherst Receives Multiyear Contract To Research Casino Impacts

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $1 million per year over the next three years for an ongoing investigation into the impact of bringing casino gambling to the state. The funding will go to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's School of Public Health and Health Sciences. This will continue to be an unprecedented study into the social and economic impacts of casino gambling in Massachusettts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with lead investigator Rachel Volberg. Listen to the interview here.

The Sportscaster and Her Son Podcast: "Sports Gambling is legal, talk to your kids" with Rachel Volberg - Episode 016

Professor Rachel Volberg was invited to participate in a The Sportscaster and Her Son podcast to discuss sports betting. Listen here.

UMass team lands millions for gambling research

February 11, 2020 — A University of Massachusetts Amherst research team has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to continue investigating the impact of gambling in Massachusetts as casinos such as MGM Springfield take hold.

The contract, granted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, will provide the team with about $1 million a year for three years, given the possibility of two annual renewals, to contribute to a 12-year investigation.

Lead investigator Rachel Volberg, a research professor and epidemiologist in the UMass School of Public Health & Health Sciences, said the study will aim to identify both the positive and negative influences that gambling has on the state as new forms of gambling are introduced.

Read the Daily Hampshire Gazette article here

 

MGC renews SEIGMA contract

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded a renewable contract to a University of Massachusetts Amherst team to continue groundbreaking research into the socioeconomic impacts of introducing casino gambling in the state.

The new funding – about $1 million a year for three years, with two annual options to renew – will enable researchers with the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study, based at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, to complete an unprecedented, comprehensive, 12-year investigation.

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-awarded-multiyear-contract

UMass researchers provide update of Plainridge Park Casino’s social and economic impacts on the Commonwealth

Researchers from UMass Amherst and the UMass Donahue Institute, as part of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team, released three reports detailing findings of the social and economic impacts of the state’s only slot parlor, Plainridge Park Casino (PPC), to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) at an open meeting in Plainville, Massachusetts. Read more here

Freakonomics Radio covers the history and legalization of sports betting in the US

"What happens when tens of millions of fantasy-sports players are suddenly able to bet real money on real games? We’re about to find out. A recent Supreme Court decision has cleared the way to bring an estimated $300 billion in black-market sports betting into the light. We sort out the winners and losers." Listen here

NEPR covers findings from SEIGMA report of economic impacts of constructing MGM Springfield

NEPR covers SEIGMA report on the economic impacts of constructing MGM Springfield. Read more here.

UMass Amherst researchers release findings on the economic impacts of MGM Springfield construction

Researchers from the UMass Donahue Institute, as part of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research study at UMass Amherst, have released findings on the economic impacts of constructing MGM Springfield. Specifically, these findings detail: 1) where the construction dollars were spent (regionally and statewide), 2) where the construction workers resided and whether it was a diverse workforce, and 3) what were the total statewide economic impacts of constructing MGM Springfield. The findings were released today after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission open meeting in Springfield.

Read more here.

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