We all have one or two sports that we know better than others, and those are naturally the sports we tend to bet on.
However, what do we do when those sports aren’t on? The typical sports calendar for any major sport is about 6 months or so, which can leave a lot time to fill during the offseason! And while we may never be as knowledgeable about football as we are baseball, there are ways we can learn the sport and be able to bet on football confidently.
There are many ways to learn a sport well enough to bet on it. You can read articles about players and teams, follow injury reports, and of course, checking a team’s record and their position in the standings to see how well they’re playing. However, the best way to learn a new sport is by actually watching the games. It’s one thing to think a certain team is playing well or not. It’s another thing entirely to watch them play. Watch how they move without the ball, or how they play differently on the road compared to when they play at home. There’s a lot of nuance that goes into learning a sport to be able to bet on it. Does a team have more older players or younger players, and how does that correlate to their level of play? Some teams are just naturally more consistent, while other teams are inconsistent, for various reasons potentially. Do the refs make different calls during different parts of the game? How doe the coaches react throughout the game?
The best way to learn all of these intricacies is by watching them unfold in real time. There’s no one size fits all answer to learning a new sport, but by watching the games, you’re letting the players, coaches, and refs tell you how the game is played and the differences between each game. That’ll be a more honest assessment than reading someone else’s opinion article or listening to a talking-head on ESPN.