Lack of Texas Sports Betting Doesn’t Keep Cowboys Fans From Wagering

Lack of Texas Sports Betting Doesn’t Keep Cowboys Fans From Wagering
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Now that the calendar has flipped to July, we’re a few months away from the opening kickoff of the 2023 NFL regular season, with the Dallas Cowboys looking to capture another NFC East title under fourth-year coach Mike McCarthy.

It seems that, regardless of how Dak Prescott and the ‘Boys do under the blinding lights of AT&T Stadium, fans of the team will still support them — either through traditional in-person attendance or by betting on the team each Sunday this fall.

On the subject of sports betting, utilized Statista’s 2022 “Attitudes Toward Sports Betting” survey of NFL fans with 1,020 respondents to find the fanbases with the highest percentage of sports betting users.

It should be noted the findings are just a sample size of NFL fans who claimed to be a fan of a specific NFL team. The percentage represents how many people are sports bettors out of the sample.

The Cowboys rank comes despite there being no legal Texas sports betting. Bills supporting wagering failed in the legislature this year and won’t be discussed again until 2025.

NFL Fanbases Who Bet The Most

Rank Team Sports Betting User %
1 NY Giants 13%
2 Buffalo Bills11%
3 Arizona Cardinals 8%
T4 Chicago Bears 6%
T4 Dallas Cowboys 6%
T6 Carolina Panthers 5%
T6 NY Jets5%
T6Atlanta Falcons 5%
T9 LA Chargers 4%
T9 Green Bay Packers4%
T11Baltimore Ravens 3%
T11 Denver Broncos 3%
T11 SF 49ers3%
T11 Minnesota Vikings3%

There is plenty of optimism surrounding the team, with Cowboys Super Bowl odds among the top six in the NFL.

Cowboys Take Advantage of National Reach

Despite the Lone Star State’s failure to get a sports betting initiative on the ballot during this year’s legislative session, there clearly is a lot of support for wagering among Cowboys fans.

Dallas fans ranked in a tie for fourth (with Chicago) in sports betting user percentage, coming in at 6% overall.

Leaguewide, Cowboys fans trailed supporters of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills, who led the league at 13% and 11%, followed by the Arizona Cardinals (8%).

It seems like the year ahead should be a prime opportunity for Cowboys fans to extract some betting value from the squad. Although there is no BetMGM Sportsbook Texas, nationally the operator gives the Cowboys +650 odds of winning the NFC (ranking third overall).

For those looking to make an over/under play, BetMGM lists the Cowboys’ playoff odds at -200, with +165 odds on the team to miss the postseason. Additionally, Dallas’ preseason win total is 9.5, with -150 odds on the over and +125 on the under.



Christopher Boan is a writer with, covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

Cited by leading media organizations, such as: