Craig Carton Named FanDuel Responsible Gaming Ambassador

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The FanDuel group announced on Thursday the appointment on New York-based sports radio personality Craig Carton as the first Responsible Gaming Ambassador of the company.

Said FanDuel Chief Marketing Officer Mike Raffensperger in a statement:

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors. Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

Longtime WFAN Radio Host

Craig was a longtime presence on WFAN’s drive-time morning show, and worked with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason. However, Craig was arrested in 2017 on federal fraud charges stemming from a $5.6M investment money which he misused, some going to his gambling habit.

In 2019, He was sentenced to 42 months of imprisonment at a federal facility, but last year, he was allowed to serve his sentence under home incarceration. Last November 2020, Craig returned to WFAN as a radio host with a weekly show dedicated to address gambling issues, including addiction.

FanDuel to Focus on Young Market

According to FanDuel, Craig will be tasked to focus on three areas. These are customer advocacy, prevention and responsible gaming promotion, and content creation. He will also be asked to sit on FanDuel’s Responsible Gaming Steering Committee and help in the creation of company policy.

Craig will also be asked to speak at FanDuel events to promote responsible gaming with a specific focus on new customers in new states, particularly the young 21-25 year old market. He will also serve as the face of FanDuel’s safer play messaging on its dedicated responsible gaming consumer website and promote responsible play on his WFAN aming show “Hello, My Name is Craig”.

Washington Football Team Partners With AGA on Responsible Betting

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The Washington Football Team has become the first NFL team to join the American Gaming Association in its “Have a Game Plan Bet Responsibly” public service campaign.

The agreement was announced prior to the WFT’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals and comes as the sports betting industry continues to expand in the United States. To date, a total of 22 states and the District of Columbia have launched legal sports betting with six more states to open their markets soon.

In a statement Washington Football Team Chief Partnership Officer said:

“With legal sports betting now permitted across our region, we are ensuring responsible gaming serves as a foundation for how we engage in this exciting commercial market. We’re not only proud to partner with the AGA, the architect of Have a Game Plan, but also proud to lead by educating fans as they enjoy football in an engaging, new way.”

Educating Fans on Principles of Responsible Gaming

Initiated in 2019, the Have a Game Plan campaign was created to educate fans on the principles of responsible betting. Since then, it has partnered with sports organizations like NASCAR, National Hockey League, PGA Tour, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The campaign suggests a series of steps to take in order to become a responsible bettor.These steps include setting a budget and sticking to it, keeping sports betting social by betting with friends, family, or colleagues, to be informed and to learn the details of the game that is being played, and to only bet with licensed and regulated sports betting operators.

Promoting Responsible Betting Through Multiple Channels

By joining the campaign, the Washington Football Team commits to promote responsible betting through multiple channels. These include in-stadium activities, sponsored content on their website, and promotion on the team’s upcoming preseason radio and television broadcasts.

The Washington Football Team announced that its preseason radio and TV broadcasts will include 20-second spots that will encourage fans to bet responsibly. Fans will also be directed to the AGA’s Have a Game Plan website for resources and information.