Is the sports betting market worth $1 trillion worldwide?

Jon Campbell
The worldwide sports betting industry is worth anywhere between $700 billion and $1 trillion according to Sportradar, a company that monitors the gambling activity of over 55,000 sports matches a year.

The estimation was reported by the BBC and says that more than 70 percent of that action is placed on football matches in the legal and illegal betting markets.

It's the latest gargantuan estimation in a series of recent ones about the global betting industry, which seem to be inflating all the time.

Last week I reported on one from Interpol from the Sydney Herald that said the worldwide sports betting market is around $500 billion. The week before that a report by Companies & Markets research group said the global online gaming market will be $173.5 billion by 2018.

Around the same time, a report from H2 Gambling Capital said $2.6 billion is spent annually on illegal offshore gambling websites in the U.S. and $33 billion is spent worldwide.

Seems like every week the numbers vary, and the truth is it's next to impossible to confirm the accuracy of any of them.

On one hand, it's good for us. A number like $1 trillion has 12 zeroes in it.  That'll get the attention of lawmakers in a hurry - which could help the cause for legalization as politicians start to figure out ways to regulate and tax sports betting.

On the other hand, we still want and need credible estimates. We don't want policy makers, reputable businesses and the public making decisions based on numbers that were conjured up to make headlines.
As the global market moves closer to a regulated online industry, these numbers will get more measurable. New Jersey's date to go online is Nov. 26 and hopefully more states will follow.

Until we have more concrete data, we always have to consider the source when the latest trendy estimate comes out.  

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Posted by Bleakhouse
2 years ago

Totally agree. If we can walk into gas stations and buy lottery tickets, why can we not put 50 dollars on the dallas cowboys? Makes little to no sense. The only response will be a slippery slope fallacy. Ridiculous.

Posted by tomnolan
2 years ago

when will the government wake up and realize what a money maker sports betting is and legalize it in every state. why this ancient old law that only vegas can book sports bets legally is getting real old in a hurry. every state is broke and every state can use the extra money. wake up already!!!

Posted by heatformer
2 years ago

well said

Posted by bigbooze
2 years ago

YES!!!!!!!! we love to bet on all sports to me it's right under having sex. lol 4real
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Posted by heatformer
2 years ago

"well said"

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