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NFL Gets Betting Boost Via New Gambling Laws


Betting on the Baltimore Ravens is now much easier in many US States thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision to relax the US sports betting laws in May 2018. With many states now offering legal sports wagering via various means including apps, websites and physical outlets, more people than ever before are wagering on the major US sports including the NFL. The Ravens have started the season in fine form with a dominant win over Miami Dolphins and a Lamar Jackson-inspired victory over the Arizona Cardinals, so they present a lot of interest betting opportunities, however, in somewhat ironic fashion, these opportunities aren’t widely available in their home state of Maryland.

New and existing customers

Many of those who are now betting on sports may have already been doing so before by wagering on offshore sites that operate in grey areas by accepting bets from within the US. But many more are new customers who are discovering the benefits of wagering on their favorite sports for the first time. The experience of watching a sports game can be made even more exciting by having a bet on the outcome and many fantasy sports players are now switching to sports betting.

NFL still the most popular sport

More than 13 US states are now offering some kind of legal sports wagering, with more expected to follow over the next 12 months. The majority of wagers are being placed on the NFL with 37% of the US population claiming it as their most-loved sport ahead of basketball which was listed as the no. 1 sport by 11% of those surveyed.

Sports wagering also growing in Canada

In Canada, players also have access to the growing sports betting market with more companies now offering wagering options to Canadian customers. Players can visit online sports betting guides like to find the bookmakers suited to them as well as attractive promotions.

The growth of sports betting in the US and Canada means that customers have access to more markets than ever before. US betting markets have traditionally been limited to simple money-line bets but as new bookmakers move into the marketplace, more varied types of bet are being made available. This means that many US bettors will be able to enjoy a more European-style betting experience with a wider choice of markets and added features such as live in-play betting.

Legislation already passed in more states

In addition to the 13 states that already have legal sports betting, the following six states have passed legislation and are preparing to offer sports betting to residents: Illinois, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Tennessee. Many more states are expected to follow suit in the coming years.

Maryland still waiting

Fans of the Baltimore Ravens will have to wait at least another year before wagering legally on their favorite team from within the state of Maryland after legislation hit a constitutional roadblock. However, legal sports betting is already available just across the border in West Virginia and via existing online sites that accept US customers.

The Ravens are currently fourth favorites to win the AFC behind New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers.

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