The Big Game

Gambling is in Full Force

The NFL season is barreling towards its annual conclusion on Feb. 13, and the league has embraced one significant change with its fans: the acceptance of gambling on each game and niche statistics. Every commercial break now features multiple advertisements of competing casinos and betting agencies, vying for football fans to add a little more anxiety to their sports entertainment. Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel became the league’s official gambling partners in April 2020.

The sports industry as a whole pivoted from opposing legalization efforts for sports gambling to full-fledged support once the Supreme Court struck down the nationwide ban on sports gambling three years ago. The main reason for this drastic change? The gambling world can be a significant source of revenue for the league. The NFL expects to generate roughly $270 million from sports betting and gambling deals. The league is projected to earn more than $1 billion within the decade.

This promotion led to a massive influx in betting. An estimated 45.2 million Americans wagered on the 2021 NFL season in some form, up 36% from last year, according to the American Gaming Association. This led to a rough estimate of more than $20 billion legally wagered in the U.S. over the course of the 2021 NFL and college football seasons, nearly tripling the $7.5 billion wagered in 2020, according to estimates from PlayUSA.

The American Gaming Association estimated 23.2 million people in the U.S. wagered around $4.3 billion on last year’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A record 7.6 million people used an online sportsbook, according to the survey, a 63% increase year-over-year.

Currently, 27 states allow sports gambling with another five starting the process to legalize it.

Ridiculous Prop Bets

All this new attention on gambling has turned the Super Bowl into more than the crowning of the league’s best. A prop bet, short for proposition bet, is a wager in sports betting not tied to the final score or outcome of a game. From the classic to the obscure to the preposterous, here are some of the wild NFL prop bets you can make on this year’s Super Bowl.

Length of the national anthem

What color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach?

What players will pour the Gatorade on the winning coach?

Will a fan run onto the field?

Will any player propose to his significant other?

Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his speech?

Will Disney be mentioned by the Super Bowl MVP?

What will happen to the price of Bitcoin during the Super Bowl?

Will a kicker hit the crossbar on the field goal post?

How many times will the chains be used for measurement?

How many times will NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell be shown?

Which coach will have their nostrils shown first on the telecast?

What will be said first: COVID or pandemic?

How many times will President Joe Biden tweet during the game?

Who will complain to the referees first?

America’s Second Thanksgiving

Chicken wings dominate the snacking world as football fans consume 100 million pounds of them nationwide. The most popular condiment? Ranch. Guacamole is also consumed in droves as well, totaling roughly 8 million pounds on game day.

Potato chips remain king though, as 11.2 million pounds of chips are eaten. Tortilla chips are second at 8.2 million, followed by 4 million pounds of pretzels.

All this snacking leads to a massive uptick in sales for an antacid. Sales jump roughly 20% on the Monday following the Super Bowl. And roughly 1.5 million Americans called out of work following the Super Bowl.

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