A bit lost within an exceptionally busy week of Major League Soccer’s 2022 season was the report from the Washington Post‘s Steven Goff that FanDuel’s retail sportsbook at D.C. United’s Audi Field would begin taking wagers on Thursday.
The location becomes the first of its kind at an MLS stadium. And in one sense, it represents MLS joining a brave new world of American sports. In another, it is merely falling in line with soccer traditions elsewhere around the globe.
Either way you look at it, though, it may not be the start of a larger MLS trend.
Online betting has been the primary revenue driver in the sports gambling industry since a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed all 50 states and the District of Columbia to legalize sports betting.