HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22AGA RELEASES NATIONAL SUPERBOWL SURVEY ON SPORTS BETTING

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, and only days before the NFL Superbowl 50, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) released survey results, based upon responses from 800 participants, which found 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers want to change current sports betting law, and two-thirds believe states should decide whether or not to legalize sports betting.

The research was conducted by The Mellman Group between January 25 and 28 and is made up of male and female adults (in approximate equal number), all 18 years of age and over.

“America’s passion for football is rivaled only by its enthusiasm for sports betting,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “Fans believe regulated sports betting enhances the game experience, deepens their engagement with their favorite athletes and teams and protects the integrity of games.”

The AGA states that it expects fans to wager $4.2 billion on the Super Bowl this year, and the vast majority of these bets will be placed illegally, as federal law currently bans traditional, full-fledged sports betting outside of Nevada.

“This first-of-its-kind poll shows clear support among Super Bowl viewers for a state-by-state regulatory approach to sports betting,” said pollster Mark Mellman. “If the public had its way, public policy would change.”

Last November and following months of study and deliberation by the AGA and its members, the casino gaming industry announced its intent to study the implications of current law and build a coalition to determine if rational, legal alternatives exist. AGA has launched a new website dedicated to this effort which will serve as the hub of its campaign to educate and inform stakeholders and allies. The site will include up-to-date news, research and information on this dynamic issue.

Last year, the AGA released its first-ever estimate of illegal Super Bowl wagers, which totaled $3.8 billion and was, at that time, 38 times greater than the legal, regulated market. During the 2015-16 seasons alone, estimates show that sports fans wagered a total of $95 billion on NFL and college football games this season, with the vast majority – $93 billion – of wagers being placed illegally.

 

 

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