Towson University is Trying to Get Ahead of the Lure of Sports Betting

By Julian Esau Basena and Derek Ohringer, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism | Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Capital News Service

When Towson University students pick up their phones on campus and open a designated app, they may see an ad seeking to teach them about responsible gambling.

The in-app banner ad, sent at random, advises them to “PAWS”: “Plan ahead, Always know your limits, Wait to play again/wager again, Stop while you’re ahead.”