Top 7 Biggest Betting Sports in the World

The sports industry is one of the biggest subsects of entertainment in the 21st century. Crowds of people are drawn to stadiums, television screens or internet livestreams to watch the latest match in their favorite sport. A huge aspect of sports is betting. Punters from all over the world place wagers on various games, hoping to make an extra buck. In this article, we are taking a look at the most popular betting sports in the world.

Football

With 3.5 billion fans the world over, it won’t shock anyone to find that football is the biggest sport on the betting scene. The various national and international leagues are some of the most popular matches in the sporting world, and routinely draw in huge crowds of punters.

Cricket

Next to football, not sport is as big as cricket. Over 2 billion fans across the world make up the fan base of this fantastic game. If we were to take look at the different betting sites as seen on this page, we would see that cricket enjoys massive popularity, especially in South Asian countries, like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. 

Basketball

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world, with the NBA drawing in a huge crowd of fans, not just from the United States, but the world over. Apart from the NBA, the FIBA Finals are a huge event in basketball. Every four years, fans from around the globe await the FIBA Finals with baited breath, ready to support their national teams in any way they can.

Golf

Golf is unique when it comes to betting. Unlike any of the sports on this list, golf is played all year long, rather than in seasons. This means that punters are treated to a different golf match almost daily. Naturally, this makes it a great sport to bet on, as you will never have huge stretches of time when the game is unavailable. 

Tennis

Tennis is among the 5 most popular sports in the world. The game draws in millions of fans and hundreds of thousands of punters from around the globe. Big names in the sport, like Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Federer, etc. have become household names in the 21st century. The film about Ms. Willims’ father recently won an Oscar, further cementing the young athlete’s super stardom.

Horse Racing

Horse racing has been played since the earliest human civilizations. This makes it all the more impressive that it has endured the tests of time and has managed to stay relevant in the 21st century. Punters the word over flock to some of the biggest events in the sport, most notable of which are the Royal Ascot, the Kentucky Derby, the UAE Derby and others. 

Boxing

Speaking of sports that have endured the test of time, boxing is possibly the oldest martial art (tied with wrestling). The sport can be traced back to the prehistoric era. Though it has changed significantly throughout history, in its modern iteration it remains the most popular combat sport in the world today.

Story originally appeared on Mountain West Wire