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Sports bettor, the poll says you are 100% amazing

It’s Cubs vs. White Sox on the South Side this weekend, and you can kill the fuss with a plastic spoon.

Can we all agree that the crosstown rivalry has lost some of its weight over the years? It seems undeniable. One reason for this is that the teams were not often good at the same time and therefore the games were not that consistent. Another reason is that the novelty of interleague play that started in 1997 is gone. Additionally, both teams finally ended their Homeric World Series droughts, leading fans to a bigger picture.

But here’s another reason: gambling. An ever increasing number of people just don’t watch sports like they used to and that’s because they got their nose into sports betting apps. They “live their betting life”. They “make it rain”. They are PointsBetting and FanDueling, DraftKinging and Barstooling. They don’t care if the Sox or the Cubs win; they care if Tim Anderson has more than 1½ hits and Willson drives Contreras in one run.

Have you ever watched a room full of young fans on an NFL Sunday? You’re not going to be able to watch a Bears game from start to finish – and not just because it’s the Bears. No, they watch NFL RedZone and follow their fantasy players and bets across the league.

And they’ve had plenty of company — older company — since the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Thirty-two states have legalized sports betting, including Illinois, which hit go in June 2020, among the 17 states that allow full mobile betting.

Tune in to any pregame show in any sport, on any network – Marquee and NBC Sports Chicago included – and you’re bound to be treated to a ridiculous gambling-sponsored segment in which one or more ex-jock analysts pretend having an idea of ​​how random prop bets are going to play out.

“Tell you what, Frank, I firmly believe Spike’s McGee will soil at least two balls from his own face. In fact, you can bet on it!”

Gambling has become ubiquitous in sports, and among the myriad absurdities of it all are the results of a survey of sports bettors, which landed in my inbox this week. The survey was conducted by SportsBettingReport.com — which bills itself as the “leading source for the most accurate news about safe and legal online sports betting” — and included 1,250 adults, which also happens to be the number of sports media professionals in Chicago who are open to the players and bet teams they bark and/or write about.

Where to start How about here: According to the survey, only 24% of sports bettors gamble daily, while 42% gamble several times a week. That leaves the other 34% who are liars.

It’s kind of scary: 39% admitted they typically risk 50% or more of their monthly net income on total bets. What do they do with the other half, sew 20 bucks into kites?

According to the survey, women are more likely – 26% to 23% – to consider themselves “habitual” gamblers. But let’s face it folks, if 23% of men are willing to admit they have a weakness—any weakness—there must be at least as many who can’t bring themselves to it. This result should come with an adjustment for Meathead.

Meanwhile, 60% of respondents said they bet on sports to earn extra income. Similarly effective ways to do this: play the lottery, invest in your cousin Earl’s latest cryptocurrency, and throw your piggy bank in a wood chipper.

Quick question: are all sports bettors full of it or just most of them? 75% of respondents reported breaking even and 24% reported winning at least 75% of the time. Do you know who wins 75% of the time? Nobody you have ever met or will ever meet.

On the other hand, only 11% answered that they “rarely” win. One can only assume they bet on the Cubs.

Finally, hilariously pathetic, among everyday sports players, 80% said it had a positive effect on their lives. If you like that, you should try drinking in the bathtub.

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