The NFL is working to crack down on betting on its games by beefing up in-house technology and partnering with integrity firms to increase the visibility of bets and where they are placed. The league is able to see the number of bets being placed on its games, where they are being made and who is placing them. In addition, the NFL is adding dedicated security personnel to its stadiums to identify individuals who are attempting to place bets. Former Detroit Lions receiver Quintez Cephus and Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney were each suspended for at least a year for making illegal bets on NFL games.
A sportsbook offers multiple types of bets, including moneyline bets, over/under (total points) bets and props. In a moneyline bet, the winning team is predicted to win an event or game and bettors pay for the right to place that wager. Over/under bets are similar, but offer a range of possible outcomes, with the odds of each outcome changing in real-time based on the amount of money that has been wagered on it. Props, or proposition bets, are wagers on the performance of a specific individual in a sports event.
The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement prohibits players and league personnel from betting on any NHL game, with the exception of bets made by friends or family members. However, players may bet on non-NHL events if they are at home or away from their team’s training and practice facilities. Also, players must sign a statement acknowledging the league’s gambling rules in order to play professionally.