Official betting is the act of placing a wager on an outcome of an event. This can be done on the game’s winner, by way of a moneyline bet; by the number of points scored, which is known as the over/under (the “OVER” is the number that must be exceeded for your bet to win); or on the exact score of any individual player or team (called a prop). You may also place multiple outcomes into one wager, such as the winner and over/under, in a parlay.
While some teams have taken a stance against legal sports gambling, the NHL is not among them. The league has signed sponsorship deals with bookmakers, and it was the first to establish an official presence in Nevada when the expansion Vegas Golden Knights took the ice in 2017.
The NFL has a similar relationship with its bookmakers, with many of the league’s clubs signing partnerships and allowing their players to accept bets on games in the state where they play. Some, such as the New Orleans Saints, have even opened their own betting lines.
The FA’s rules regarding betting on football matches prohibit individuals from seeking, offering, or accepting a bribe to fix a match. They also forbid individuals from providing inside information that they reasonably believe will be used for betting purposes. The most famous example of this was Joseph Sullivan, who paid eight members of the Chicago White Sox to lose the 1919 World Series for him.