Ferris State Athletics Holding Special FREE Sports Gambling Presentation Tonight

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University students and fans along with local community members are invited to a special presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Williams Auditorium on the FSU campus.

Renowed sports gambling speaker Tim Otteman will be on campus in an event that is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. (ET). His presentation entitled "BRACKET BUSTED: Sports Gambling and College Athletics" will aim to inform those in attendance on the dangers to gambling related to collegiate athletics.

Otteman has been recognized as one of America’s leading experts on sports gambling for several years. His perspectives of sports gambling are colored by his personal experiences as a participant/observer regarding sports gambling over the past 25 years. His father was a frequent sports gambler and bookmaker, his brother ran a campus bookmaking operation and he personally financed the majority of his undergraduate education by wagering on sports.

Since 2007, Otteman has published five articles regarding sports gambling and is frequently quoted as a sports gambling expert in a wide variety of local, state, and national publications.

"We're excited to partner to bring Tim Otteman to campus for this special presentation," said FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles. "His speech relates to an ever-growing topic on collegiate campuses and those in the world of intercollegiate athletics. We hope the students, fans and community can join our own student-athletes, coaches and teams in hearing him

Otteman finished his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University in 2008. His dissertation was entitled “GAMBLING WITH THEIR LIVES: COLLEGE STUDENTS AND SPORTS GAMBLING” in which he conducted life story research with 14 undergraduate students intimately involved in illegal sports gambling. Due to the interesting perspectives of the college student sports bettors and the potential commercial appeal of this topic, VDM Publishing turned this scholarly work into a popular press book.

These unique experiences have allowed Otteman create a series of distinctive educational and information trainings and presentations regarding sports gambling. The success and popularity of his programs is not only a testament to his knowledge and expertise, but also to the rapport he develops with his audiences. From how prevalent sports gambling has become in the United States to why and how individuals become involved in betting on sports to gambling warning signs and intervention protocols, Otteman covers everything you could want to know about sports gambling.

"I'm looking to coming to Ferris State on Jan. 15th to share some perspectives about sports gambling to not only FSU student-athletes and coaches, but to the Big Rapids community at large," Otteman said. "Sports gambling starts in the elementary schools and at home, so this presentation explains how individuals get involved and why they stay involved in a potentially dangerous behavior.

"Sports gambling can be a slippery slope beginning with activities that seem harmless and socially acceptable - in reality, they can be the gateway to a very addictive behavior," he added.

A current faculty member in the department of recreation, parks and leisure services administration at Central Michigan, Otteman originally earned a bachelor of applied arts degree in journalism and public relations at CMU. He later earned a master of arts degree in sports administration from Central Michigan before earning his doctorate.

Otteman designed his 75 minute hallmark presentation specifically for the college athlete, but under the perspective of how sports gambling permeates all of today's society. The presentation highlights the prevalence of sports gambling in the United States and leads into the differences and similarities between betting on sports and other gambling opportunities.
Tim uses personal examples from his own life, stories from student gamblers, and inside information from bookmakers to explain why students become involved with sports gambling and how their participation can progress to dangerous levels.

This presentation describes the continuum or slippery slope of sport gambling involvement and provides a list of warning signs indicating unsafe levels of participation, while also detailing the gambling policies of that institution and state and federal gambling laws.

For more information on his presentation, please visit: www.timotteman.com

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