In order to protect the integrity of competitions, sports betting must be conducted according to strict rules and regulations. Any attempt to rig or manipulate a match can result in severe sanctions, including fines, suspensions or expulsion. This is why the NCAA is investing in integrity monitoring programs and deploying a network of contacts that includes federal and state law enforcement, gaming operators, campus administrators and specialized vendors to prevent and report any possible violations.
The NFL playoffs offer a unique opportunity for fans to bet on their favorite team. With a structured format based on divisional seedings, wild card clinchers and conference winners, it’s not uncommon to see wagers on which teams will advance through the playoff bracket.
While the most popular sports betting markets may be on outright winners or point spreads, there are a variety of other options for fans to place bets. These bets can include if bets, totalizators and futures. If bets are a type of bet that consists of at least two straight bets joined by an “if” clause, which determines the wager process.
New Hampshire was one of the first states to legalize sports betting following the Supreme Court’s PASPA ruling. Retail and online sportsbooks launched in November 2019, with SugarHouse, DraftKings, FanDuel and BetRivers all offering sports betting in the state.