A record 73 million Americans plan to bet on the NFL this season, survey says

2023-09-06 14:00:02  • 4 mins

Key Points

  • More than 73 million Americans plan to wager on the NFL season, a nearly 60% increase from last season, according to a survey from the American Gaming Association.
  • Fourteen percent plan to place their bets online as betting becomes legal in more states.
  • The NFL has embraced sports gambling after initially opposing it, but is still dealing with growing pains as it navigates betting by players and staff.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs the ball during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs on January 23rd, 2022 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

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As legalized sports gambling expands across the U.S., a record 73.5 million Americans plan to wager on the NFL this season, according to the American Gaming Association's latest survey on Americans' betting plans released Wednesday.

Last year, an estimated 46 million people bet on the NFL in the U.S., according to the AGA.

The association said its survey found 19% of American adults plan to place a bet online, at a casino or with a bookie this year, up 56% from a year ago. Out of all U.S. adults, 35.1 million people or 14% plan to bet online, while 13.6 million or 5% plan to bet at a physical sportsbook.

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