Football Betting in UK vs USA
Lately, sports have been gaining increasing popularity in the United States. Football, basketball, and boxing have a particularly strong influence on the life of an average American. American football is the most popular sport in the United States, which has turned into a whole culture for dedicated fans. The NFL League beats all world records for the number of tickets for matches, and the Super Bowl Final is the most watched sporting event.
As a result, the number of people engaged in the football betting activity is on the rise, too. Gambling in its different kinds was officially banned in most of the states for a long time. The authorities did their utmost to root out bookmaking by creating special agencies yet all the efforts were vain and people kept finding new ways to get around the law. Online betting is much harder to set restrictions on as players can hardly be controlled on the Internet space. Despite all “nos”, the population of almost 330 mln was able to replenish the country’s budget significantly. Cash outflows abroad appeared to be a huge dilemma which could be overcome in the only possible way. Therefore, in 2018 the US Supreme Court finally adopted a decision to legalize sports betting. The majority of judges voted for the abolition of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.
Speaking about Great Britain, in terms of sports betting it’s considered to be one of the most developed countries in the world. The only logical explanation is the fact that football originated in England. Owing to taxes, the bookmaking business brings a vast amount of money to the treasury. There’s even a special body meant to regulate activity relating to slot machines, lottery, betting – the UK Gambling Commission. Almost all British citizens make bets, from people barely connected to sports, to even football players and coaches. And no government’s policy is able to alter that. The first bookmaker in England’s history of sports betting was Harry Ogden, who back in 1975 set up his business. Ever since then, the number of bookmaking’s offices has invariably risen as well as the very demand for them on the gaming market. Nowadays, the top-3 betting shops in Britain, which got the name of “Big Three”, include William Hill, Coral, and Ladbrokes. As the companies developed and started regularly receiving income estimated at millions of pounds, with time they decided to go international and became worldwide renowned.