Soccer is the new target for Sports Betting FansThe August 14, 2010, By SportTopNews
Up until now, the NFL, college football and college basketball have been the target sports for gamblers in the United States. Hockey and makor league Baseball have not been as popular, and there may be soon be another sport for gamblers to get excited about.;
One of the top soccer leagues in the World, the English Premier League will now be accessible in the US on a regular basis. ESPN has finally secured the rights to sub license from FOX that will allow it to air seventy four matches from the Premier League this season.
The contract is actually for three years, with ESPN airing the matches on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3 and ESPN mobile. The seventy-four games will be up from the forty-six games that ESPN broadcast last season. Soccer gambling has never been popular in the US, but it is the driving force behind sports betting company's such as William Hill and Ladbrokes in Europe. Outside the US, soccer is universally accepted to be the most popular sport in the world. Americans have had a difficult time warming to the sport.
In recent years, however, soccer has gained popularity while other sports such as hockey and boxing have lost their appeal. Mixed Martial Arts has become big among the youth of America, and the recent run by the US team at the World Cup has once again given soccer an open door into the homes of US citizens.
The Premiere League begins this Saturday evening when Manchester City visits Tottenham.
ESPN will show the game live. ESPN has been increasing their coverage on SportsCenter and had extensive coverage during the World Cup. FOX has been showing soccer matches in the Premiere League in the US since 1998.