While sports fans are likely split in their opinion over the winner of last night’s Super Bowl game, there’s less division when it comes to the opinion of legalized sports betting.
New research released ahead of the weekend by the American Gaming Association (AGA) finds that 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers want to change current sports betting law, and two-thirds (66%) believe states should decide whether or not to legalize sports betting.
Further, 41 percent of Super Bowl viewers – 47 million people – have bet on the Big Game at some point. An equal number say they have placed some type of sports bet in the past year. That’s nearly three times the number of people who attended every NFL game this season (17.3 million).
The research, conducted by The Mellman Group, also found that Super Bowl viewers believe that regulated sports betting would “protect the Integrity of Games: 65 percent of Super Bowl viewers believe transparent, regulated wagering will either strengthen the integrity of games or have no impact on game outcomes.”