Soccer's Popularity Growing in U.S., You Can Bet On It
new installment of the World Cup tournament resurrects the debate on the popularity
of soccer in the United States.
great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently weighed in on the strange sports pro-con controversy.
“I’m reminded of the end of Man of La Mancha, when Don Quixote lies dying, but
is suddenly inspired to rise once more and proclaim, ‘Onward to glory I go!,’ the
six-time NBA MVP wrote at Time. “And
then he drops dead. Soccer has been proclaiming this impending U.S. glory for
years, and while there are signs of life in the body, the prognosis is not
shows that World Cup pandemonium has little effect on America’s Major League
Soccer viewership. However, the readings from one barometer clearly show
increased interest in the kicking sport. According to gamblers, the popularity of
soccer has grown in the United States.
Pemberton serves as director of specialty games at the Rio in Las Vegas and
sets the odds for all of the Caesar’s Entertainment line of casinos. While
unable to give specific figures, he told Breitbart Sports, “For the month of
June 2014 sports gaming as a whole tripled the volume of June 2010.”
the economy and factors outside of soccer may account for much of the spike in
gambling from the first period four years ago to the second one now, evidence
supports the idea that the growing popularity of European football in the
United States plays a large part in the increase in dollars wagered.
Avello, executive director of race and sports operations at the Wynn Casino in
Las Vegas, runs the book on everything from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to the
Super Bowl. He confirmed that soccer betting is on the rise at his casino.
Speaking strictly of soccer dollars, he told Breitbart Sports: “World Cup 2014 volume
is up 30% from 2010.”
wagering figures coincide with increased television ratings. According
to the website TV by the Numbers, 2014 World Cup viewership is estimated to
have increased by 21% over the 2010 games. Contests in which the U.S. competed
against Portugal, Germany, and Belgium all drew viewers into the eight-digit
levels. Several quarterfinal matches not involving the already-exited U.S. team
viewership to previously unknown levels for ESPN and ABC.
Cup playing out in the Western Hemisphere, the games have been airing at very
accessible times in the U.S., allowing average citizens to watch without
adjusting their sleep schedules.
English Premier League and other [leagues] have become more accessible on TV
and as the Beckhams and Rooneys are becoming household names in the U.S.,”
Pemberton tells Breitbart Sports, “soccer betting is reaching higher volume in
the sports books.”
will tell if the trend continues during World Cup 2018 in Russia. Though for
now, if the mighty dollar is any indication, soccer’s popularity in America is
bet on it.