Turn on the television, radio or go on the internet and you will see and hear various advertisements for betting on countless sporting events allowed by a growing number of states throughout the country.
With increased betting comes increased problems for betters who can become reckless and addicted to placing bets on their favorite teams and sports.
A non-profit organization called The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (“CCGNJ”) provides information, education and referral services to people and their families affected by problem gambling. Through their federally registered service mark 1-800-GAMBLER®, counselors provide gambling help to those who need assistance addressing their gambling issues.
In June, on behalf of CCGNJ, Lionel J. Frank negotiated a groundbreaking license agreement with the National Council on Problem Gambling (“NCPG”), a Washington, D.C., non-profit organization also focused on programs for the problem gambler, to use CCGNJ’s 1-800-GAMBLER® mark, in 49 states other than New Jersey, in all U.S. Territories and in the District of Columbia.
The license agreement will permit a very recognizable and easy to remember helpline telephone number to be used by a growing number of people and their families seeking gambling assistance in this new world of legalized gambling.
Lionel J. Frank is a Partner at Szaferman Lakind and concentrates in commercial law, with particular emphasis on intellectual property, trademark and copyright law, antitrust, unfair competition, corporate, real estate, land use and alternative dispute resolution.