Although the US isn’t really known for football (soccer), that didn’t stop anyone from getting a little national pride in the States and watching the home team play as hard as they could. After the USA lost to Belgium, most fans are quitting the Cup and going back to their lives. But there is a growing amount of support for a subject that’s gaining traction with each passing day: sports betting.
At this time, sports betting is super hard to find. You can do it in Vegas, to a certain extent, but there’s no national allowance made for sports betting. Old laws on the book are keeping people from truly getting into the swing of things, and that’s a real shame.
In our opinion, the World Cup represented a grand chance to bet on something far bigger than any mere sports event. It’s country against country, but not in a barbaric way. It’s not a war where there will be bodies littered everywhere or nations in turmoil. It highlights athleticism and competition. Who doesn’t like a good, friendly competition? Sure, everyone wants their team to take the Cup but that doesn’t mean that they will actually pull it off.
There are bets that take place but they aren’t legal. What the United States needs to realize is that they have a huge fanbase willing to pour money into legalized sports betting. If they can’t do it where they live, they will do it online. Guess what? Those companies are owned by foreign corporations. Gambling is heavily regulated online, and some sportsbooks do indeed take US players. It’s an untapped resource that just isn’t getting used to its full potential, which is a real shame in of itself.
When will the country get a clue? Is it going to take the rise of other nations to finally get the government to take action? Only time will tell.
If you’re a US player, feel free to sound off in the comments and tell us what you think about this mess. We’re all ears!