Regulators in Kenya concerned about growing popularity of online gambling

Halima Gikandi May 31, 2019
HTML EMBED:
COPY
A billboard advertising a popular sports betting site is seen along a highway in Nairobi, on November 8, 2017. ONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

Regulators in Kenya concerned about growing popularity of online gambling

Halima Gikandi May 31, 2019
A billboard advertising a popular sports betting site is seen along a highway in Nairobi, on November 8, 2017. ONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Some of the biggest fans of American basketball and English football’s Premier League are located thousands of miles away in Kenya, where a sports betting craze is quickly spreading.

Using only their phones, people are able to place small bets on matches happening around the world. But regulators in the region are worried about the impact gambling is having on young people and the poor.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.