The official 2019/2020 National Football League (NFL) season has begun and sports betting is on the rise as a result. With the new and existing legalization of online sports betting in several states, the wagers have spiked according to betting companies like DraftKings and FanDuel.
For example, FanDuel Group reported an increase in the money bets accepted online on Sunday noting the dollar amount was approximately 12 times higher than the same time last year, while the daily fantasy sports content provider doubled their figures in comparison to last year. Actual numbers weren’t made public, but the reports serve as proof as to the popularity of football in the American market.
According to Reuters, “In addition, traffic at both companies spiked on Sept. 5, the first NFL game day and the latest day for which figures were available, said analytics firm SimilarWeb. FanDuel had 524,416 visits on Sept 5. and DraftKings had 306,681 visits that day, in both cases around 65% higher than in prior days, the researcher said.”
“Despite controversies over player injuries and politics, football is by far the most popular U.S. spectator sport, a poll last year by Gallup Inc found. Some 37% of U.S. adults cited it as their favorite sport to watch. Next came basketball, cited by 11% of respondents as their favorite sport, and baseball at 9%.”
Following New Jersey’s Supreme Court victory in 2018, states were given the power to legalize sports betting and 13 have taken full advantage. Over the course of the NFL season leading up to the Super Bowl in Miami on February 2, 2020, a poll conducted by the American Gaming Association determined 38 million Americans intend to place wagers.
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