Could sports gambling be boon for women’s sports? Bet on it, some say

Could sports gambling be boon for women’s sports? Bet on it, some say

Article brief provided by Cronkite News
  • Catie Cheshire, Cronkite News
June 30, 2021 10:59 PM
  • Catie Cheshire, Cronkite News

What comes to mind when you think about sports betting?

A dark room smelling of cigars? Railbirds at a horse track? A man with his hat pulled low over his brow in a casino just off the highway?

That’s the traditional view of sports betting. Since it became legal in the United States in 2018 – and with it apps, websites and booths at sporting events – it doesn’t look that way anymore. That could be good news for women’s sports, as some observers believe greater gambling accessibility could translate to increased interest and fandom.

“One solution to drive viewership for women’s sports would be adding gambling,” said Lindsey Darvin, an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Cortland who studies diversity and gender equity in sports.