The NFL’s impact on sports betting.
Whether you are looking at the way that sports betting has changed over the last few years, how it has changed in the last century, or how each sport impacts it, we know that the NFL changed sports betting. Even just looking at the popularity of the NFL’s weekly specials, we can see the impact of the NFL on sports betting.
Not every sport benefits equally from gambling, however, the NFL is the biggest driver of sports betting. It is a sport which is perfectly suited to both in-game bets and prop bets, and it historically has always driven betting intent even before it was actually legalized inside the United States.
While basketball, hockey, soccer, and horse racing are all sports that also drive a lot into the sports betting world, the NFL is the ringleader of them all. In fact billions of dollars will be bet each year on the NFL, with an estimation of 136 million dollars being bet alone on the Super Bowl in 2021, oh, but that was only at Nevada’s sports books.
It is safe to say that the NFL changed the world of sports betting simply because it is the perfect game for it, and it has driven exceeding popularity across the country. Without the NFL, it is probable that sports betting would not be as popular as it is today.
It is believed that around 106 million people in the U.S.A. bet on sports or have some interest in sports betting. Nearly half of these are anticipated to bet on the NFL season, at around 45.2 million Americans.
The most bet on sport in the U.S.A.
Despite the popularity of the NBA, NHA, and even horse racing in the U.S.A., American Football tops the charts in amount bet each year. It is no surprise that back in November 2020 that football made up most of the bets made. If you look at the numbers in New Jersey alone for November, you can see that football is the most bet on sport, having brought in $433.3 million out of the $931.6 million total.
Obviously, it is clear that this is partially the time of year that has a say in this, as football bets will always make headway during football season. However, the NFL never really stops, after the Super Bowl you get the draft, there’s also college football to bet on, and pre-season games as well. So, while the NFL and the Super Bowl bring in the most bets in football, the sport never really runs dry throughout the year, as there is always plenty to bet on.
Football has always been big in betting, even before it was legal in most states. Such as the rumor that back in 2014 Floyd Mayweather bet $10.4 million on the Super Bowl in Nevada.
A brief history of sports betting.
Sports betting has not long been legal in as many states as it is, and in some states it still is not yet fully legal, especially online. However, that hasn’t stopped the sport from growing and sports betting with it.
If you look at the rise of sports betting and the rise of the NFL, it is clear as day that the two have risen to power together. As much as the NFL does not want affiliation with gambling, and often tries to come across as shunning it, they cannot avoid the clear truth.
The NFL has been a big part in the rapid growth of widespread sports betting and the two have grown together.