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Betting on Sports in America
American culture is very sports-oriented. By cheering for sports, American fans transmit important values such as justice, fair play, and teamwork. Sports have positively contributed to racial and social integration and bonded our country together over history.
The major professional sports leagues in the United States are the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS). The NFL is the most profitable sports league in the world, with $16 billion in revenue.
Most high schools and universities have organized sports, and this is a unique sporting footprint for the U.S. College sports competitions play an important role in the American sporting culture. College basketball and college football are nearly as popular as professional sports in some cities in the country.
Based on Olympic Games, World Championships, and other major competitions in respective sports, the United States is the most successful nation in baseball, basketball, athletics, swimming, lacrosse, beach volleyball, figure skating, tennis, golf, boxing, diving, shooting, rowing, and snowboarding. People in the USA also enjoy Horse racing and boxing.
On top of that, the USA is one of the top five most successful nations in ice hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball, speed skating, alpine skiing, bobsleigh, equestrian, sailing, cycling, weightlifting, and archery, among others.
This makes the United States the most successful sports nation in the world!
What sports do people in America bet on the most?
Historically, the national sport of our country has been baseball. However, over the past several decades, American football has been the most popular sport in terms of broadcast viewership audience. Basketball has grown into the mainstream American sports scene since the 1980s, with ice hockey and soccer doing the same around the turn of the 21st century.
These sports comprise the “Big Five.” In the first half of the 20th century, boxing and collegiate football were among the most popular sports after baseball. Golf, tennis, and college basketball are other popular spectator sports.
Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport for sports wagers in the USA. And globally, football games are the second-most betted-upon sport. Wagers on the NFL make up nearly half of all sports bets placed in the US. As for specific events, the Super Bowl is the single most popular sports betting event on the calendar.