When it comes to the world of sports, there are a plethora of ways in which one can enjoy the thrills and actions that are enthralled within it. Some people get a kick from practicing sports, others prefer watching them and living their best sporting life through their fandom, and then some dabble in the world of sports betting ventures. From wagering on the NFL’s ever so famous Monday Night Football games to placing money on Esports competitions and even bug racing competitions, when it comes to wagering and sports, the sky is the limit and then some.
But which are the sporting disciplines that have the most popular fan following, especially when it comes to betting purposes in actuality? Here is our list of the four most popular sports to be betting on in the world right now.
Football as it’s known all over the world, or soccer to American sporting fans is by far and near the most popular sport in the world right now and rightfully so the most popular sporting discipline for sports betting fans to get down with. Given that the sports amass immense levels of popularity all around the world, with over 250 million professional football players in the world expanding throughout 200 countries, and with there always being football matches going on throughout the year, this sport has become the perfect option for betting fans who are looking for constant thrills and action.
Football’s most important events like the FIFA World Cup Tournament, the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s EURO Nations Tournament, and South America’s Copa América tournament usually amass billions of fans tuning in to catch the action, which for sports betting purposes ends up resulting in massive influxes of constant revenue through the many options for football betting activities they offer.
If there’s one sport that can give football a run for their title as the most popular sport in the world, it’s cricket. Based on the vast amount of fans it has in countries like India, Pakistan, England, Australia, and South Africa to name a few, it is estimated that cricket amasses a total fandom base of around 2,5 billion followers year-round. This of course automatically turns the sport into one of the most sought-after activities in the global betting scene as well.
With competitions like the ICC Cricket World Cup and the smaller yet still very important and relevant ICC T20 World Cup Tournament, alongside the constant action from professional cricket leagues spurring from the before mentioned countries, cricket has become one of the most popular sports when it comes to sports betting endeavors, especially with the fact that just like with football, there is constant professional action going on throughout the year.
When you talk about athletes like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James, anybody who knows anything about the sports world knows that it’s basketball you’re talking about. The United States’ National Basketball Association, NBA, holds the crown as the most important and loved basketball league in the world, with its teams and athletes amassing enormous amounts of fans and followers from around the world.
Unlike other sports, professional basketball centers around a specific period in the year in which sports betting fans can dive right into the exciting world of wagering on their favorite hoops players and teams, with the sport holding an average of over 2.2 billion followers from around the world. But the thrills don’t just end up with pro basketball. American college basketball, especially their world-famous “March Madness” tournaments have become one of the most expected and popular sports betting events in the sporting calendar, making the sport reach even wider specters of popularity amongst sports betting pundits.
The American alternative to soccer, at least when it comes to the name also stands high and tall as one of the most popular and polarizing sporting options when it comes to betting purposes. While American football usually centers around the action of the NFL, college football games are also heavy-hitters when it comes to luring sports betting fans into putting their money into play. Given that it’s the most popular sport in the United States, which can easily be considered one of the most important, if not the most important local sports market in the world, when American football season comes around, sports betting companies usually roll out their best promotions and strategies to lure in as many fans as possible.Now, while other sports rely on specific tournaments and ongoing activities throughout the year to amass their popularity amongst sports betting fans, American football can brag about having the most important day in the global sports entertainment calendar, “Super Bowl Sunday”. The day in which the NFL’s championship game is played, all sports betting platforms around the world focus almost solemnly on this event, especially taking into account the level of popularity and mass viewing that it holds over any other competition, with hundreds of millions of dollars all being moved around for betting purposes because of the game.