Best International Sports to Bet On
Betting on sports if almost as old as sport itself, and it has never been easier for Europe’s sports fans to enjoy a wager on their team of choice.
Nowaday, the range of sports to bet on is huge: from niche pursuits like hurling and table tennis to pub sports like darts and snooker, and encompassing all of the most renowned, most popular sporting action around the world as well. Here are the top three markets that attract the highest numbers of bets internationally:
1. Football the Global Favourite
Football or soccer is the most popular sport in the world, no matter what criteria are used. It’s by far the most accessible sport globally, and more than 1 billion people watch it on TV during the Olympics. That figure rises to 3.9 billion during the FIFA World Cup every four years, and the $1.5 billion in prizes and bonuses in the UEFA Champions League makes it the best-paying sport on earth, too.
Top players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the highest paid athletes in the world, and are also in the Top 5 in terms of endorsement earnings. And with the world’s highest number of professional leagues scattered across more than 50 countries, there is always football action on offer at online betting sites.
Apart from their local confederations, many football fans also enjoy betting on the World Cup, the English Premier League and several UEFA championships.
2. Basketball World’s Fastest Growing Sport
It surprises many to learn that basketball is the second-biggest international sport, but there are already professional leagues set up in China, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Argentina, with more countries following suit every year.
More than 1 billion people play professional basketball, and it is second only to football in terms of its numbers of leagues around the world. Likewise, star players like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are pipped only by soccer players when it comes to earnings.
The NBA Championship is the major basketball event of the year, but betting enthusiasts can also wager on it during the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships every four years.
3. Tennis Boosts Gender Equality
Going by the number of fans who watch it on TV, cricket is the world’s third-most popular sport, but almost a billion of those fans are confined to the Indian sub-continent. In terms of more widely distributed global appeal, tennis is next in line.
It’s also the top-ranked sport in which women’s achievements are hailed as seriously as men’s. Women’s cricket, basketball and soccer still lag behind the male versions in terms of popularity, but women’s tennis has made names like Serena and Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova household names, and wagers on WTA tournaments offer just as many rewards for punters.
The giants of the men’s game are equally world-famous: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Noak Djokovic and Andy Murray are living legends, and the individual prize money at the Grand Slams puts tennis players among the top earners too.
The ATP and WTA tours offer plenty of tournaments worth a wager this year, but the three remaining Grand Slams will attract most of the action: the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
If none of these 3 popular betting markets is for you, fear not, there are dozens upon dozens of other sports to bet on at your convenience.