Women’s Inclusion in Sports Betting: A Path to Empowerment and Opportunity

Over the past few years, the landscape of sports betting has experienced a notable shift with the increasing involvement of women. Traditionally dominated by men, women are now actively participating in sports betting, finding enjoyment in strategic wagers while also exploring the potential for financial gains.
A study conducted by Orange Business Intelligence Technology (ORBIT) in March 2023 revealed that Nigeria’s betting sector surged past the $2 billion mark in revenue during 2020, with an estimated 60 million Nigerians aged between 18 and 40 contributing to a daily expenditure of $5.5 million.
Simultaneously, a National Sports Industry Policy introduced in the same year projected significant growth potential for the sector. It forecasted that the betting industry could potentially yield up to $4.7 billion in yearly revenue, generate employment for 10 million individuals, and contribute between 1.5-3% to the GDP over a span of ten years.
Evolving Landscape
The participation of women in sports betting has seen a remarkable rise since 2014, coinciding with the global legalization of sports betting. Companies in the industry have consciously targeted women through inclusive advertising and messaging. Additionally, the advent of sports betting apps, enhanced visibility of women’s sports, and greater social acceptance have all contributed to the surge in female engagement with sports betting.
Growth Trends
While men still comprise the majority of bettors, the growth rate of female participation in sports betting is nearly double that of men. This trend stems from the increasing number of women identifying as sports fans and following various sports like football, basketball, tennis, golf, and polo. Research indicates that sports fans are more inclined to engage in sports betting, suggesting a promising future for female participation in the industry.
Financial Opportunities
Sports betting offers entertainment and the potential for financial gain, making it an attractive option for women seeking leisure and additional income. With careful decision-making and risk management, women can leverage sports betting to generate extra revenue. Whether through winning jackpots, supporting their favourite teams, or exploring virtual sports betting, women can capitalize on the financial opportunities presented by the industry.
Empowerment and Confidence
Participating in sports betting can foster empowerment and confidence among women by honing strategic thinking, analytical skills, and decision-making abilities. The challenge and excitement of betting provide a platform for women to develop resilience and self-assurance, which can positively impact other areas of their lives. By engaging in betting activities, women can gain a sense of empowerment to overcome challenges and pursue their goals with determination.
BetKing’s Commitment to Empowering Women 
Recognizing the growing presence of women in sports betting, BetKing is committed to fostering a safe and empowering environment for female customers. Acknowledging the potential risks of gambling addiction, BetKing prioritizes responsible gambling practices to ensure the well-being and financial stability of all customers, particularly women.
Through tailored initiatives and educational resources, BetKing aims to equip women with the knowledge and tools necessary for informed decision-making in sports betting. By promoting responsible gambling and leveraging the opportunities it offers, BetKing strives to enhance the overall well-being and quality of life of women engaged in sports betting.
The betting sector stands out as one of Nigeria’s fastest-growing industries, largely propelled by increased mobile and internet accessibility, particularly fueled by the nation’s vigorous football culture. Reports indicate that both the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) and the Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB) have collectively issued over 100 betting licenses, underscoring the industry’s rapid expansion and regulatory framework.