NFL Demands Official Betting Data

Football betting is a popular pastime for sports fans, but the leagues have long resisted legal wagering. As gambling becomes more mainstream, however, the NFL is starting to get its hands dirty in shaping US sports betting policy. It wants regulators to require that operators use official data in grading in-play bets, which it says will lead to better outcomes for players and the industry.

For the most part, bettors should stick to betting on teams/markets they’re familiar with. This helps them remove bias and make objective decisions when making bets. It also helps to keep consistency in their wagering. This can only happen if they know the sport/league well enough to make the right bets at the right time, which means they need to have a reasonable amount of knowledge about all the markets and games.

In addition to the prohibition on betting, the FA rules also prohibit individuals from seeking, offering, or accepting a bribe to fix a match. They are also banned from revealing inside information that they could reasonably believe would be used for betting purposes, and anyone who violates these rules can be permanently banned from the game — just like Joseph Sullivan in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.

The quest for official data mandates has emerged as the primary front in the battle to shape US sports betting policy following PASPA’s fall. It has supplanted the leagues’ earlier attempts to impose integrity fees as their preferred method of profiting from sports betting.