NCAA Survey Indicates Majority of 18- to 22-Year-Olds Have Wagered on Sports

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The NCAA released results from a survey on Wednesday that indicated as many as 58% of 18-to-22-year olds have wagered on sports at least once in their lives.

The organization surveyed 3,527 respondents between those age groups and covered myriad other topics. Among those include the prevalence of sports betting on college campuses.

It indicated that 67% of students living on campus are regular sports bettors — and tend to bet at a "higher frequency."

Of these bettors, many are betting infrequently and at smaller amounts, the survey showed. Only 4.5% of 18- to 22-year olds wagered more than $100 per bet. About 13% wagered between $50 and $100 and 22.3% bet between $20 and $50. The majority — about 57.5% of respondents — wagered between $1 and $20 per ticket.

Roughly 61% of those surveyed have placed a live bet — by far the most out of any type of sports wager.

About 50% of the respondents identified as male, 47.7% identified as female and 2.3% identified as a different gender.

The respondent pool was somewhat reflective of the country's racial demographics. White or Caucasian people made up 51% of the survey, Black or African American 13.6%, Hispanic or Latino 13.6%, Asian 12%, American Indian or Alaskan Native 4.1%, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2.3% and "other" 3.2%.

The country's aged 18-to-24 demographics are as follows, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation: 53% non-Hispanic white, 22% Hispanic or Latino, 14% Black or African American, 6% Asian, 1% Alaskan Native, less than 0.5% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and 3% other.

The NCAA said it would conduct a survey with student-athletes about their attitudes toward sports betting that would be released in the fall.

The full dataset from Wednesday's survey can be found here.

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