Learntobet USA Sports Information: NFL

WHY BET ON AMERICAN FOOTBALL?

 

  • Consistently strong betting markets

  • Handicap and Spread Betting Available

  • Extensive TV Coverage with in-play markets offered in the UK and Europe

  • Excellent statistical data available to research your bets

 

BACKGROUND TO AMERICAN FOOTBALL

 

American football is the most popular sport in the USA. It is played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 120 yards long by 53 yards wide. It was first established in 1869 and has been governed by the National Football League (NFL) since 1920. College Football is also very popular and governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

College football has a three tier structure and ranks third in USA sports popularity after NFL and Baseball. Despite its popularity in the States, American Football has never really taken root internationally, apart from in Germany. Canadian Football is a very similar game, although pitch dimensions and some key rules do vary.

 

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

 

The NFL operates on a franchise system and teams change venue periodically in line with the franchise bidding system. Similarly, there is competition for players within NFL and at the end of college playing careers.

  • There are 32 teams in the NFL who play in the AFC and NFC leagues.

  • A play-off programme concludes with the two league champions reaching the Super Bowl.

  • The annual Super Bowl - the NFL final – is one of the biggest events worldwide at club level.

  • It attracts unprecedented television coverage.

  • San Francisco 49ers won in 2013 and Baltimore Ravens in 2012.

 

College football also has its own Bowl Championship.

 

THE GAME TODAY

 

Current NFL teams are:

 

AFC North, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, NFC North, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, AFC South, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Tigers, NFC South, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, AFC East, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, NFC –East, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, AFC West, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, NFC West, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St Louis Rams.

 

Most NFL franchises are huge commercial successes and several leading teams are valued at over $1billion

 

BETTING ON NFL & COLLEGE FOOTBALL

 

Due to the high levels of TV and media coverage, betting turnover on American Football is vast in the USA and also significant in Europe. The NFL opposes sports betting and, under current legislation, betting on American Football in the USA can only be conducted offline with registered bookmakers. The belief is that unlawful betting turnover on NFL far exceeds that of lawful betting.

 

New Jersey have recently passed legislation allowing online betting on horse racing and sports betting at casinos and sports tracks from the end of 2014. Bookmakers typically hold a marginal edge when betting against the punter on American Football of between 11 to 10 and 6 to 5. However professional punters should be capable of winning long term against this framework.

European punters can bet on a wide range of odds, including handicap and spread betting. A wide range of odds are also available via betting exchanges.

 

ODDS

 

Odds for different outcomes in single bets are presented either in European format (decimal odds), American format (Moneyline odds) or UK format (fractional odds). The European format , showing the ratio of the full payout to the stake, is favoured in continental Europe, Canada and Australia.

Betting Example
 

  • Hans was a keen NFL fan, he thought that the odds of 2.5 offered on the 49'ers to beat the Cowboys were generous and had 100 marks to win

  • He stood to collect 250 marks if he was right

  • In England the 49'ers were priced at 6/4 (fractional odds) for the same match

  • Peter had £100 at 6/4 and would collect £250 if he was right

  • In San Francisco, the 49'ers were quoted at $250 for a $100 bet on the Moneyline