Earlier this week I commented upon the EFL's warning that implementation of the House of Lords Select Committee's recommendation to ban gambling advertising in nearly all sports would be a catastrophe for smaller clubs in the EFL.
On the other side of the debate are those that highlight the often crippling effects of gambling addictions, including those suffered by participants of the sports which receive significant revenue relating to gambling advertising.
In this shared article, former professional cricketer, Patrick Foster, relays his powerful story. Patrick has been a recipient of assistance from the Professional Cricketers' Association and now works alongside the organisation as part of its important work to educate players in order to prevent gambling-related harm.
Many athletes across different sports could tell a story similar to Patrick's. Sports organisations and betting companies face a difficult task to convince the country's lawmakers that gambling advertising should not follow the way of tobacco in the history of sports sponsorship.
I watched a guy playing on a roulette machine and I was transfixed. He stormed out and I jumped his chair. I had £2 in my pocket and decided to put it on green zero. It came in and my life changed forever.