For the second consecutive month, Pennsylvania sports betting declined. That’s not totally unexpected as most states have seen slight dips in June.
Pennsylvania Sports Betting, June vs. May
|Total Handle||Mobile Handle||Gross Revenue|
|Change||Down 6.1%||Down 6.9%||Up 23.4%|
Lackluster Sports Menu
With the Philadelphia 76ers’ unexpected ouster in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals to the Atlanta Hawks, the in-state sports menu was lackluster at best.
The Pittsburgh Penguins saw an early exit in the NHL Playoffs (with no Philadelphia Flyers in the mix) and on the baseball front, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies have gotten off to lackluster starts.
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The Phillies, however, have turned it around over the past couple of weeks and remain in contention for the National League East divisional crown, so we shall see if this attracts bettors over the next few months, whether on mobile or at on-site sportsbooks.
Mobile Sports Betting Still Strong
In June, online sports betting was 90.3% of the market. For the fiscal year it was 91.9% of the market.
Overall, though the June mobile sports betting numbers saw a decrease, posting $379.26 million, down 6.9% from May’s $407.39 million, but up 329.5% from a year ago ($88.3 million because of the coronavirus pandemic).
Pennsylvania is one of several states that regularly registers at least 90% of its sports betting handle on mobile.
Football Around the Corner
With the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers starting NFL training camps next week and with college football around the corner, including the return of Ivy League competition after a one-season hiatus, all of these numbers should increase in August and head into the autumn season.
The all-time best sports betting handle months come during football season.