Online Sports Betting in the USA – does Cricket feature in the equation?
There has been a recent explosion in sports betting in the USA with the lifting of legal restrictions in many US States, however, the market for online sports betting is enormous and is, without a doubt, where most of the action will be over the next few years.
The USA has around 10 million expat Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Australian, Caribbean and many more millions of UK and Irish people, most of whom have historically had an interest in sport and cricket. Interestingly, cricket in the USA is also on the rise in popularity following the integration of USA Cricket into the ICC .
With the relaxing of the sports betting laws, many online betting companies are coming into the US market, overcoming the complex interstate legal challenges and offering a variety of live bet selections on many different sports, however, it is cricket that has one of the biggest potential growth areas after their own ‘home grown sports’ like Baseball, American Football and Basketball.
Cricket has been played in the USA since the beginning of the 18 century, but it is only recently that cricket has taken a big leap forward on the world stage. USA Cricket has recently taken part in the ICC World Cricket League, in Oman.
In the final game, the USA beat Singapore to win a place in ICC World Cricket League Division 2, in April this year and they join Oman, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Canada and hosts Namibia, who all will be competing for the top four spots to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.
It has been a long road for Cricket USA, but last year the Inaugural USA Cricket Board was finalised and Independent Directors announced and although, over the years, many celebrity cricket tournaments have been staged and the USA has been featured in tournaments, it was really important to get global recognition again through the ICC.
One of the more recent celebrity tournaments took place in 2015 and featured former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene and Shane Warne, with the matches being played in three baseball stadiums at Citi Field in New York, Minute Maid Park in Houston and the Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium. (photo)
USA cricketers have also featured in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the WINDIES Super50 Cup this season with matches being hosted in Florida as well.
Interest in Cricket is definitely on the up in the USA and if they continue to progress through the ICC Cricket World Cup Leagues, there is no reason to think that the USA will not be featuring in a Global cricket tournament in the next 4 to 8 years and, with that, yes a huge interest potential following from the expat communities not only, in the USA, but also in their homelands.
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