According to research by the American Gaming Association (AGA), 45 million Americans have been reminded of the NFL’s 2021 pledged commitment during the NFL’s 2021 National Football League (NFL) pledge. Compared to last year, 36% of Americans will place a bet on more league games this season.
A sharp increase in engagement plans this year is said to be due to the expansion of legal sports engagement options. Fans in 18 states and Washington DC had access to operational and legal sports betting at the start of the 2020 season. When this year’s season kicks in, Americans can invest 2021 sports bets in 26 states and Washington DC as well as legal sports projects. Five additional states are also set to offer sports betting laws at the end of the season.
AGA President and CEO, Bill Miller, said: “Game betting is more popular than ever in America, and the pursuit of better things for the upcoming NFL season highlights the amazing growth of the industry over the next three years.
“Since the 2021 NFL season begins, more than 111 million adults will be able to safely compete in regular games in their respective states and in their illegal market.”
While projections for NFL betting are high across all modes of behavior, sports betting is expected to see the greatest growth over 2020, while illicit volumes are expected to fall and catch the lowest amount while they see the slowest growth.
In total, 22 million adults are cast in the 2021 NFL season. That’s more than two million statistics are expected to place online bets, whether legal or illegal. The percentage of people participating in fantasy contests has risen to 69% with 15 million people taking part. In total, 10 million gamers will place a bet on a physical casino sportsbook, and will choose to place seven million bets per book.
“Fans are pounding professional sports, and leagues like the NFL appreciate the commitment of the sports fan to play a full game,” added Miller.
“In order to gain capital in this tremendous opportunity, the NFL and its 32 teams will also need to identify their responsibility for gaming and responsibly promote gaming.”