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The XFL: How gambling affected watching the BetFL’s first game

With the spread and total on the screen, announcers openly discussing the wagering impacts, plus a close ending, it made for a perfect kickoff for bettors following the new league.

Rahim Moore of the DC Defenders celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass against the Seattle Dragons during the first half of the XFL game at Audi Field on February 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

If the NFL has spent their first 100 years denying how much gambling has been a part of their success, the XFL has jumped into betting feet first. And their first-ever game with the Seattle Dragons vs. the DC Defenders (-9.5, total 51.5) had social media buzzing about wagering.

It was the first time any televised football game in America had the spread and total posted right there on the scorebug. And it appears to have helped to drive interest in the first game in league history, and the exciting ending didn’t hurt.

Here’s some of the best tweets and coverage from the XFL’s first game, a 31-19 win for DC bettors and the under.

It looks like the only thing better than spring professional football is spring professional football you have a vested interest in watching.

NARRATOR: he lost

And then the game started, and a big game for Cardale “12 Gauge” Jones even got the hype train going on futures as well.

You sure can, Rodger! DraftKings Sportsbook is an official partner of the XFL, and you can get all your action there.

Of course it was totally appropriate the end was particularly brutal for one side of the action. A field goal by Seattle with 8:24 left was good to hit the over, but came off the board due to a penalty. Seattle ended up fumbling later in the drive, and no future points were scored. The under gets there.

Of course, Winning Twitter sent out a lot more than Losing Twitter. Let the celebrations begin!

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