According to the AGA, this year’s National Football League season will see record-breaking betting activity.
US.- The American Gaming Association (AGA) has released research that predicts that a record 45.2 million Americans (18 per cent of the population) plans to wager on the 2021 National Football League (NFL) season. That’s 36 per cent more than last year.
AGA President and CEO Bill Miller said: “Sports betting is more popular than ever among Americans, and the enthusiasm of bettors for the upcoming NFL season highlights the remarkable growth of the industry over the past three years.
“Importantly, when the 2021 NFL season begins, more than 111 million American adults will be able to wager safely with regulated sportsbooks in their home states rather than with the predatory illegal market”.
AGA research also shows sports betting’s significant value to the league, with 37 per cent of NFL fans planning to wager on this year’s NFL season, and 47 per cent of self-described avid NFL fans.
Moreover, 44 per cent of all Americans and 63 per cent of NFL fans believe that in-venue sportsbooks will add entertainment value to attending sporting events in-person.
Along with the expansion of the legal market, increased fan enthusiasm will also drive NFL betting this year, as 25 per cent of Americans say they are more excited about the upcoming season than previous seasons, up from 18 per cent last year.
Fans from the Northeast (21 per cent) are most interested in betting on the NFL this year, followed by the West (18 per cent), Midwest (17 per cent) and South (15 per cent).