The American Gaming Association (AGA, for the acronym for American Gaming Association) shared the results of its annual national survey on the NFL betting plans of Americans, which shows a record plan of 45.2 million Americans (18%) to bet on the 2021 NFL season, which begins tonight between the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and Dallas Cowboys.
The figures represent a 36% increase over the 2020 NFL season, with an increase in betting fueled by the expansion of legal sports betting in several states, as well as increased fan enthusiasm, according to the AGA.
“Bettors’ enthusiasm for the upcoming NFL season highlights the remarkable growth in the industry over the past three years,” said AGA President and CEO, Bill miller. “Importantly, when the 2021 NFL season begins, more than 111 million Americans will be able to gamble safely with regulated sportsbooks in their states of origen rather than with the predatory illegal market. “
Although NFL betting is projected to increase across all betting methods, online bookmakers are expected to see the largest increase compared to 2020. On the contrary, illegal bookmakers will experience the slowest growth.
The survey highlights found that 21.1 million American adults will gamble casually with friends, 31% more than in 2020. Approximately 19.5 million Americans will gamble online, 73% more than in 2020, and 14.6 million will participate in a paid fantasy contest or another. types of group competition, up to 69%.
Additionally, 10.5 million Americans are willing to place bets at physical casino bookmakers, 58% more, and 6.7 million will place bets with a bookmaker, 13% more than in 2020.
Another key factor found by the survey is that 25% of Americans say they are more excited about the upcoming season compared to previous seasons, a 18% more than in 2020.
Among all Americans interested in gambling, fans in the Northeast (21%) are the most willing to gamble, followed by the West (18%), the Midwest (17%) and the South (15%). Gamblers rank the Kansas City Chiefs as the most popular pick to win the Super Bowl (15%), followed by the Buccaneers (11%) and the Cowboys (7%).
The online survey was conducted August 25-30, 2021 by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Gaming Association. The results were obtained from a national sample of 2,200 American adults, and the data was weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, educational level, gender, race, and region, with results with a margin of error or +/- 2 percent. .