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Betting could be 'X' factor for new pro football league

Ollver Luck
Posted at 4:22 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 05:41:13-05

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Knowing its season begins less than a week after one of the biggest betting events in America, the new XFL is embracing sports betting in a major way.

The league owned by wrestling impresario Vince McMahon will appeal to fans accustomed to betting on football who suddenly have nothing to bet on.

Its first games come six days after the NFL's Super Bowl.

From inviting sport book operators to a mini-camp to meeting with gambling companies, putting point spreads on the TV screen, and giving teams the option of seeking different numbers of points after a score, the XFL is baking sports betting into its operations.