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One Year Since PASPA Repeal, Sports Bettors Seek Engagement Online

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kansas City Chiefs fans

  • 2 in 3 sports fans want betting integrated into game day experiences following May 2018 repeal of PASPA
  • A baseline study from GlobalWebIndex, in partnership with The Action Network, finds nine out of ten sports fans support legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court’s May 2018 repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
  • The study highlights the maturation of the legalized sports betting market in the United States and the windfall for consumers, media companies, sports leagues and teams.

NEW YORK — On the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), GlobalWebIndex, the leading supplier of digital consumer insights to the global marketing industry, and The Action Network, the most trusted source for sports betting news and insights, announced the findings of a robust baseline study on sports betting interest in the United States.

To date, 11 states have legalized sports betting, and additional states are in the process of doing so. In the twelve months since the PASPA repeal allowed states to legalize sports betting, 68% of sports fans placed a bet, or would have placed a bet if it were legal in their state. The study also suggests mobile will play a crucial role in the continued growth of sports betting and its impact on sports networks, as 67% of sports fans are interested in betting being integrated into live viewing experiences.

For a full infographic breakdown of the study’s findings, check out this PDF.

Sports Betting Is a Potential Boon to Established and Emerging Sports Leagues:

  • The majority of sports fans would place a bet on the leagues they support: NBA fans are most likely to do so (88%), followed by NFL fans (86%), eSports fans (86%) and MLB fans (81%).
  • The NBA also outranks other leagues for consumer interest in player-specific bets: Nearly half of sports fans (47%) would place a prop bet on Kevin Durant, 41% on Stephen Curry and 37% on James Harden.
  • Sports betting increases gameday investment and engagement: 60% of respondents say they would be more likely to watch a game they bet on.

“In the year since sports betting has been legal in the United States, we’ve seen an explosion of fan engagement and growing revenue potential for rights holders, teams and leagues,” said Patrick Keane, CEO of The Action Network, “As the study confirms, sports fans want better information and insights, and they want to bet legally, conveniently and on their phones.”

Sports Bettors Seek Real-Time Engagement Online and on Mobile

Sports betting has the potential to complement game viewership as fans increasingly tap the power of mobile as their betting habits increase.

  • The majority of sports fans seek real-time betting opportunities: The most interested being 78% of NCAAB fans who say they would place a bet while watching college basketball, followed by fans of NCAAF (75%), MLB (75%), NFL (73%) and NBA (73%).
  • Mobile betting products are rising in importance: 80% of respondents say they would prefer to bet via app or website, compared to 50% who would bet in-person.
  • Sports fans desire specialized apps: 55% are interested in using a mobile app primarily focused on sports betting, with NHL fans (67%) and NBA fans (61%) the most interested.
  • Mobile betting is likely to boost gameday viewership: 54% of sports fans say if they placed a bet, they would be more likely to follow the game through a sports news app or gambling app.
  • In-app game streaming supports real-time betting: 44% of sports fans say that, if possible, they would place a bet while following a game in-app.

“As the legalization of sports betting continues to spread throughout the U.S., our insights suggest mobile will become a predominant channel of engagement,” said Jason Mander, Chief Research Officer at GlobalWebIndex. “The ubiquity of mobile streaming, in general, leads consumers to expect and demand that what they watch on TV can be continued seamlessly on-the-go; the same need is now being applied to sports betting as fans want to stay invested no matter where they are.”


GlobalWebIndex surveyed 3,057 U.S. internet users aged 21-64 between April 17-30, 2019. 1,069 of the respondents self-identified as ‘sports fans’ by selecting 8-10 on a 0-10 scale of their interest in sports. Surveys were collected via mobile, desktop, laptop or tablet.


About GlobalWebIndex

GlobalWebIndex is a market research company that provides consumer insights data across 45 countries to the world’s largest brands, marketing agencies and media organizations. The company maintains a global panel of more than 22 million connected consumers, which it leverages to create 35,000 data points on the behaviors and perceptions of internet users around the world. Clients, including Google, Spotify, WPP, IPG and Omnicom Group, can gather in-depth insights into audience behaviors, perceptions and interests through a combination of survey and analytics data using the GlobalWebIndex platform.

About The Action Network

Launched in January 2018 by The Chernin Group, The Action Network provides premium storytelling and analysis, real-time odds, in-depth information on the betting markets, personalized alerts for users, as well as the ability to track bets via its website and sports industry-leading app. The Action Network has been featured in New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ESPN, Fox Sports, Sports Business Journal and dozens of other media outlets as the leading source for news, information and primary data in sports betting.

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