Sports betting has changed the way people follow and bet on agen bola sports. Whether it’s placing a wager at an online bookmaker or sitting in the stands at a stadium, bettors are finding new ways to make money and get involved with their favorite teams. It’s no longer a secret that some NFL teams have a strong financial incentive to work with sportsbooks. Some are putting them inside their own stadiums, while others have partnerships with companies such as MGM, FanDuel, Caesars and DraftKings. This has led to the league doing a complete 180 on its initial stance that legalized sportsbooks would irreparably harm the integrity of their games.

PURDUM: This is a pretty big change and it’s happened so quickly. I mean, before the Supreme Court decision, the NFL really talked about how this would be a terrible thing and that it would damage the integrity of their game. But now, they’ve done a complete 180 and have embraced it in a lot of ways — they have multiple sportsbook partners — MGM, Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings — they’re even partnering with some of these places to put their own sportsbooks inside the NFL stadiums. They’re having sportsbooks open for the first time on game days this year. The Bears have one, and there are also ones at Washington and in Arizona. There are even plans to have a sportsbook in the future at Wrigley Field.

The NBA, meanwhile, has been slower to embrace the growth of sports betting. But that may change when the playoffs arrive and the fans are a little more excited about making bets on their team’s chances of winning it all.

Besides the growing popularity of legal sports betting, the NCAA is concerned about its effect on student-athletes and other athletics personnel. A September 2023 survey of NCAA autonomy schools found that 27% had dealt with a problem gambling issue involving a student-athlete or other member of their staff in the previous year. In addition, billion-dollar ad campaigns can entice students to bet on college sports and potentially lead to irresponsible behavior.

The state of New York has seen the most significant growth since it passed legislation to legalize sports betting in April 2020. Retail sportsbooks launched in January 2019 and a few online sportsbooks went live in February, including Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and PointsBet. Ohio has seen less growth, but it has now legalized sportsbooks at its commercial and tribal casinos. Its online offerings, however, have yet to launch.