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This Week in Gambling: NFL kicks off US football betting season

16 Sep 2020

Week 1 of the NFL season kicked off along with fantasy football leagues and new sports betting opportunities. Also, one company is expanding its Las Vegas presence while making deals to move into online gambling. Lastly, we have lost a poker legend.

Sports betting news, as approximately 13 percent of American adults plan to bet on the NFL this year despite lower enthusiasm from fans in general about the 2020-21 season, according to a new survey from the American Gaming Association. Of the estimated 33.2 million adults who plan to bet on this NFL season.

Those who plan to participate in football betting on the NFL this upcoming season are more enthusiastic than NFL fans overall. Sports bettors are significantly more likely (54%) to be excited about the upcoming season than the general population (18%), self-described avid and general NFL fans (41%), or casual NFL fans (12%). The AGA previously found the NFL stands to gain $2.3 billion annually from legal sports betting, largely due to increased fan engagement.

“The NFL traditionally drives a significant amount of action from sports bettors, and this year appears to be no different,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller.



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