The NFL is 90 years old. Now made up of 32 teams and generating billions of pounds each year, it has become a global brand.
NFL betting has grown in unison over the past 25 years since Channel 4 were the first British broadcaster to show match highlights.
As NFL football betting has increased, so too has the interest in the game, with UK broadcaster Sky showing many fixtures live and the internet providing a news and results service.
New Orleans Saints won the most recent Super Bowl and will, once again, feature heavily in NFL betting lines with their high-powered offence anchored by quarterback Drew Breese.
Green Bay Packers were one of the first teams to ever be shown on television in the UK and with a record 12 titles, they always prove popular in pre-season NFL betting.
Presently, there are more than 30 team spread across the USA, but the NFL is expanding its message and increasing interest in NFL sports betting at the same time.
London hosts regular season matches and it seems only a matter of time before a franchise is brought to the UK, which is bound to have a knock-on effect on live NFL betting.
The democracy of salary caps and the college draft system means NFL football betting is always good value and the increased media coverage offers scope for online NFL betting.
It is when the play-offs begin that well-considered predictions and betting on NFL results can be best rewarded. The holy grail is, of course, a Super Bowl, but you can get value from an NFL betting line by picking divisional winners. Online bookmakers will offer a variety of free bets on a multitude of markets, adding scope and depth to live NFL betting.
However, NFL betting lines are not be restricted to ‘plain vanilla’ fixtures and there is value to be had if you’re prepared to mull over the odds against the amount of rushing and receiving yards a team can record.
Bet on NFL home teams to dominate, but watch for tips and news regarding powerhouse teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh.
NFL sports betting offers a wide range of markets as one online bookmaker explained: “The Super Bowl will be held in Dallas in 2011 and we expect a large number of NFL betting lines will include predictions that the Cowboys will be the team to beat – they are known as America’s team for good reason.
“NFL football betting offers great scope for the astute punter / predictor prepared to do his homework. Margins of wins, total yards generated, number of sacks, all sorts of odds are available if you’re interested in betting on NFL matches.
“Live NFL betting engages a huge audience as more matches are shown around the globe, and there will be considerable added interest in online NFL football if and when a team is based in London.
“That opens up a European market for fans wanting to bet on NFL matches. They can use a free bet to select an overall winner, but NFL football betting can vary from week to week, depending on the teams and where the matches are being played. In short, there’s plenty of scope for NFL betting.”