Colin Cowherd: Gambling will keep football the No. 1 sport

Gambling will keep the NFL at the top of the sports food chain according to ESPN personality Colin Cowherd.

In response to former Dallas Cowboy QB Troy Aikman’s prediction that the NFL’s popularity will decline in the near future, Cowherd gave three reasons why the sport will maintain its position at the top of the mountain, and the last was gambling.
Cowherd thinks betting will keep the NFL on top of the sports mountain.
“We bet football,” Cowherd told listeners of his radio show The Herd on Thursday afternoon. “Don’t kid yourself, that’s part of it.

“Now, we’ve always had betting in this country. Jimmy The Greek used to be on CBS, but we are so much more a gambling country.”

Cowherd continued: “I am pro gambling. We do it. You do it. I do it. I don’t know why anybody would be afraid of it.

“Ten billion dollars was bet on the Super Bowl. One percent of that was bet in Vegas…. We gamble it’s our society.”

Cowherd has taken some heat from Covers.com readers in the past after he - somewhat arrogantly - claimed his public opinions on games moved betting lines. But this quote today shows you why we love the guy so much.

He loves betting on sports and talking odds and spreads. He got his start in Las Vegas and he might be the only guy who works for ESPN (aside from Bill Simmons and Scott Van Pelt) who knows the difference between a parlay and a teaser.

The day after the NFL conference championships, Cowherd came out and said what we all were thinking: The wrong team was favored in the Super Bowl. Now, he probably took it a step too far by saying he would have made the New York Giants 7-point favorites over the New England Patriots, but don’t forget he’s trying to be controversial at times just to get a response from people.

The guy even hinted about betting $40,000 on the San Francisco 49ers (+3.5) against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The Niners, of course, went on to win that game outright.

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Posted by BigRomes916
1 year ago

Good article! Football will always be number one no matters what happens. They do need to get rid of Roger Goodell though!
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Posted by loulo13
2 years ago

Football could be on strike for the entire year and STILL come back to be # 1 Sport. Who are they kidding.
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Posted by KeyElement
2 years ago

I suppose Cowherd could become a conservative talk show host on Fox radio and just preach to the choir, but at least he gets his opinion out there and all the talk isn't "what do the people want to hear today?" That is the real shame in broadcasting, most of the hosts are just saying what they know will be well accepted and really are very careful not to step on anyone's toes. I disagree with him as much as anyone else, but at least it is his opinion and not a written script from ESPN Marketing. Now, if he or someone else just had the guts to go against "Political Correctness"
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Posted by Jymyfoster
2 years ago

The only thing that can destroy the NFL is the NFL itself....With all the rule changes to soften up our game and turn it into flag football in essence....its the world we live in and it gets worse by the year....turning the NFL and our country into one big,giant pulsating VAGINA doesn't work! Leave our gladiator sport alone! These guys get paid millions for what they do and nobody is forcing them to play....so A's long A's the rules don't continue to destroy the game,we will still watch,drink beer and gamble and the sport will thrive
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Posted by Rabbage101
2 years ago

Cowherd may be an arrogant ass but he's right about the sports popularity. I don't know what Aikman is thinking with his statement but the fact that viewership didn't take a hit after the lockout should have been a good indicator of the sports popularity. The only thing that I can see that would damage viewership would be if Fox somehow figured out how to have Aikman and Joe Buck do every game. As bad as Cowherd may be at least there's only one of him those two are horrible.
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Posted by mylife23
2 years ago

i used to like cowherd when i was younger....but dan patrick was better on ESPN and now cowherd annoys me....just another know-it-all personality who pontificates too much for my liking....way too high strung ...im from the bay area and ESPN affilaites KNBR 680 carries the ESPN shows prior to local programming....... i'm glad I'm asleep when his show is on so I don't feel forced to listen now...he's good at what he does but I'm just no longer a fan.....kinda like Jim Rome....same schtick just a different year.....cowherd and rome have takes that sound entirely pre-written and read off teleprompters sometimes.......i don't find that appointment radio but that's just me
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Posted by earthWake
2 years ago

Cowherd blows, anyone who disagrees is deaf...or is a member of his family.
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Posted by packers1992
2 years ago

Cream beadle handles it because she sucked Cowherd to get the job. She isn't qualified to run a pizza hut. She's there to disagree with everything he says
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Posted by CreamCaramel
2 years ago

I don't know what you guys are smoking, but pass it to me please. Cowherd comes off as a huge blowhard to me. A little too self assured about his opinions and so painfully not funny. Check out his talk with Kate Upton. It was beyond awkward. I don't see how Beadle handles it.
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Posted by mafioso
2 years ago

to have a guy like collin cowherd on at 7 am pacific standard time is an outrage, He deserves a better time slot as he has one of the best if not the best show on sports radio.
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Posted by stretch883
2 years ago

Cowherd Is Great. He makes me think all the way though his show. 'Cept I wouldn't bet on anything he touts. Anyone been keeping a $$ to $$ record will know.
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Posted by LVRNCAPPER
2 years ago

Looks like Aikman wants to know "what has the NFL done for me?" lately.... Must have... the... need to stay on tv...
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Posted by Ashton_Grewal
2 years ago

I agree about Aikman. That guy must be concussed because the NFL's lead on other sports is growing, not shrinking.
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Posted by packers1992
2 years ago

That and fantasy football as well. If there was no gambling or fantasy football in my opinion i'd think you'd lose 75% of the audience. Aikman doesn't need to worry about the NFL it's doing fine.
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Posted by stretch883
2 years ago

"Cowherd Is Great. He makes me think all the way though his show. 'Cept I wouldn't bet on anything he touts. Anyone been keeping a $$ to $$ record will know."