Well, it was fun while it lasted, but months of legal แทงบอลออนไลน์ in eight states is over.
Or could it be?
Not that a lot of folks are focusing, nevertheless the Alliance of American Football, a brand new, gambling-centric eight-team league, commences this weekend with a quartet of games.
The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook even has posted “futures” odds on who wins the inaugural title, with the Arizona Hotshots the opening-line favorite at 5/2.
But in New Jersey, it’s unclear if anyone will have a way to wager on the games legally. Three of the nearly two dozen brick-and-mortar or online sports betting operators told NJ Online Gambling that this is not on their radar, while another said in response to the question of whether it will post odds, “Yes, if it’s approved.”
That might be up to their state Division of Gaming Enforcement, which is considered mulling the theory but has not even responded to a request for comment by Wednesday.
The football league that embraces betting
The league is on firmer ground than one might expect. On Saturday night, a New Jersey resident channel-surfing is liable to be surprised to find the San Diego Fleet visiting the San Antonio Commanders airing on CBS (channel 2 in the New York City-area market). Cable channel CBS Sports Network will broadcast a “game of the week” throughout the 10-game season.
The offer with CBS is one of several interesting partnerships the AAF enjoys. The most important can be a three-year handle MGM Resorts to create MGM the league’s — er, the alliance’s — official sports betting partner.
That goes beyond point spreads on games. The plan is for the players to don “wearable sensors” that may track anything: the speed of a move, a player’s biometrics, etc.
That creates unique betting opportunities — and could provide “sharps” another edge. If a running back’s heartbeat implies he is gassed, betting on him to score a touchdown on the current drive could be foolish.
Meanwhile, players can collect bonuses based on what many prop bets are created on them. In the NFL, a backup quarterback might benefit financially, in the long run, from the starter being injured. In the AAF, he cashes in immediately.
Most pro sports leagues are already exploring the intriguing intersection of technology and measurement of player performance. That has raised concerns among union leaders wary of a new player losing control of their own body. The NBA currently bars teams from using biometric data in contract negotiations and doesn’t require the players to participate.
That is a fundamental privacy issue that the AAF can help illuminate in either direction, which should be good for other athletes and leagues.