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With the NFL Season Under, How Many Will Bet On The NFL? TONS!

The NFL season is officially udnerway, and while a lot of folks will be upset if their team loses, it seems even more will be pretty broke. That's because according to a new study by the American Gaming Association, more than 33.2 million Americans, or 13% of the U.S. adult population, will be placing bets on NFL games this season. 

As for where they’ll be making those bets:

  • 20%, or 6.6 million, will go to a physical, legal sportsbook.
  • 34%, or 11.3 million, will bet online, either through legal or illegal platforms.
  • 18% or 6 million, will place a bet with a bookie.
  • 26%, or 8.6 million, will bet casually through pools, fantasy contests and squares (down 31% from last year)
  • 50%, or 16.6 million, will just bet casually with friends, family or co-workers (down 53%)

And while there’s a lot of drama surrounding the football season due to the coronavirus, it seems those doing the betting are excited for it to get started.

  • The survey finds that of those who bet on sports 54% are likely to be excited about the season than the rest of the population (18%)
  • What’s more, 41% are self-described avid and general NFL fans.
  • Interestingly, 42% of Americans are less excited about this season. As for why:
    • 36% say it’s because of increased political activism around the league.
    • 19% are not looking forward to the absence of fans at the stadium.
    • 17% aren’t happy with not being able to gather with friends to watch the game.

So, with all this betting going on, who do folks think will win it all this year?

  • When asked who they’d place a bet on to win the Super Bowl this year the Kansas City Chiefs were the top choice (13%), followed by:
    • Dallas Cowboys (9%)
    • Baltimore Ravens (5%)
    • Cincinnati Bengals (5%)
    • Miami Dolphins (5%)
    • New England Patriots (5%)
    • San Francisco 49ers (5%)

Source: American Gaming Association

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