Amazingly enough there was a time not all that long ago when NFL football odds were nothing but a side show.
Football odds years ago, while legal in Las Vegas, took place in little street corner betting parlors, baring little resemblance to the fabulous sportsbooks of today. In the 1960’s NFL football odds and results would be tracked by ticker and on chalkboards, without the satellite television feeds that we take for granted today. In those days, odds NFL gamblers had to rely on a few tout sheets and the local papers for brief wire service stories with very little detailed information available as there was no cable television, let alone 24-hour sports stations nor any Internet.
Eventually some of the casinos decided to create on site sportsbooks in order to keep their customers from straying away for action at the little sports betting parlors. Accident eventually became design and the smarter casino operators began building large viewing rooms where gamblers could watch games on TV in the casino sportsbook. This helped take NFL football odds to the next level as such accommodations increased its popularity. Casinos liked the crowds that odds NFL betting drew as it helped create a spillover affect into other areas of the property.
Still, it was not until the cable television explosion that NFL football odds saw their next step to what it has become today. As NFL games began being shown on cable, the demand for NFL football odds increased as did the information that was available to gamblers thanks to all of the sports channels. As Las Vegas casinos were becoming mega resorts, sports books became more comfortable and lavish and this, along with the explosion of the information age and the Internet, has taken odds NFL to its current level as the most popular form of all sports gambling. Gamblers have gone from those wire service clips to being able to read every story written about all NFL teams and the explosion of sports radio and television has simply added not only to the information available but also the “buzz” about NFL football odds.
Once online sportsbooks came into the picture, NFL odds evolved even further into 24 hour, 7 days a week, from your home access. That is how NFL odds are today.