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UNLV, Sydney Universities Studying Sports Wagering

UNLV, Sydney Universities Studying Sports Wagering

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Sydney in Australia agreed to “invent” the research field of sports betting integrity.

On August 1, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the memorandum of understanding between the two universities during his two-week trade junket Down Under.

The universities in particular will work to help create regulatory controls for interactive gaming and sports betting—in which Nevada seeks to be a global leader—while combating problem gambling.

Sandoval said the partnership will help gaming operators and bettors to maintain gaming integrity, while helping to “ensure that those who seek to do harm to the interactive gaming industry are better prevented, and that those who might be experiencing an addiction to this entertainment are better identified and assisted.”

“In order to maintain the integrity of this sport, those who are participating, both from a user and provider standpoint, must be held to the same high standard that we enforce on our casino floors,” Sandoval said in a statement.

UNLV Executive Gaming Institute Executive Director Dr. Bo Bernhard and University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinic and Research Unit representative Alex Blaszczynski signed the memorandum.

Bernhard said the team will “invent the field” of scientific study into sports betting integrity by reviewing current regulatory controls and suggesting guidelines to minimize potential game-fixing.

The team also will study personality and psychological factors that could influence athletes, officials, team employees and others to fix games and shave points.