It’s no secret that plenty of individuals enjoy betting on game days during football season. For them, seeing a touchdown pass successfully executed is a more powerful event if they stand to earn a few bucks off of the encounter.
And watching someone get tackled before they can score is seriously exciting if there is also a chance for a personal victory for fans with money on the line. Fans who are involved in legal sports betting will definitely want to make sure they don’t miss a moment of the game, for fear of missing a crucial play that could mean more cash in their pocket.
That kind of engagement should make NFL owners think extra hard about the value of letting more people bet on games.
Legal Sports Betting to Make Spectators Feel More Excited About Games
In the world of professional sports, for so many people, betting on games adds to the excitement of watching their favorite players in stadiums, on TV, or with handheld devices like tablets and smartphones.
That’s why Robert Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots, is feeling excited about the prospect of fans getting to bet on the outcomes of National Football League games.
The league has already made headway by persuading the NFL’s 32 owners that sports betting will actually contribute to the league’s brand. What’s more, the NFL is banking on the approximately 90 percent of football fans who are amenable to the concept of betting on games now.
Different Attitudes About Sports Betting in Various States
Currently there isn’t uniformity in how states sanction sports gambling. This unpredictability can throw off fans. For example, NFL fans living in New Hampshire can place legal bets, but the practice is forbidden still in Massachusetts.
Industry observers have noted that New Hampshire’s governor finds a silver lining in the situation since people from Massachusetts are coming to New Hampshire to gamble on sporting events.
The Kraft Family Joins the Effort to Bring Legal Sports Betting
As chairman, founder, and CEO of the Kraft Group, Robert Kraft has a diverse portfolio of brands and companies in such industries as real estate, investment (as a venture capitalist), packaging and paper, and, of course, sports with his ownership of the New England Patriots.
Kraft purchased the team back in 1994 with the specific goal of helping the team bring championship pride to New England. To that end, the Patriots have amassed a total of six Lombardi Trophies and have the highest percentage of winnings throughout the realm of pro sports (not just football).
Indeed, fans were so excited about the team’s new ownership that they bought tickets in massive numbers. The Patriots sold more than 40,000 seats, a first in their history. And as Kraft took over the team, they sold out every game.
Another member of the Kraft family is also involved in the NFL. Kraft’s son Jonathan serves as president of the Kraft Group and belongs to the eight-member Legalized Sports Betting Committee for NFL league owners.
He and the other committee members are aware that professional sports team lobbyists have been making the case to state legislators to finally pass legislation to allow sports betting. They are aligned with technology and gaming companies who also have a vested interest in seeing people’s desires to gamble legally finally come to fruition.
Examples of Sports Betting Success in the NFL
New Orleans is home to the Superdome, now officially named the Caesars Superdome as part of the naming rights that came with a new $138 million investment, where fans can bet on games.
Meanwhile in Indianapolis, the Colts have aligned with Caesars as well as FanDuel to facilitate sports betting. And in 2022, the Cardinals’ stadium in Arizona will allow betting, thanks to a partnership with BetMGM. There’s also a BetMGM alliance with the Baltimore Ravens (in partnership with DraftKings).
These are encouraging signs that sports betting is growing in acceptance in all parts of the country. To please fans and drum up more excitement for NFL games in general, the idea of opening up legal sports betting to all who want to participate is attracting attention.
A Future Where People Can Bet on Any NFL Game?
With more fans interested in gambling on games, the NFL is bound to experience increased attention from people who find it more exciting to watch their favorite teams battle when there is some money riding on the outcome.
The level of enthusiasm that fans reach because they placed a bet before a game can serve to spread a greater appreciation for the NFL that the league can capitalize on.
And since gambling makes people more interested in the outcomes of games, it will keep them on the edges of their seats in stadiums or so focused on their TV that they dare not change the channel or walk away.
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