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Walk 'Til You Drop: The Story Behind Sports Betting

Did you know betting on sports teams started because of competitive walking? Competitive walking, otherwise known as pedestrianism, reached the height of its popularity in the United States during the 1870s and ‘80s. And just like modern-day sports, there was plenty of scandal. Although footraces may seem like an odd form of spectator sport, its popularity and amenability to gambling shaped how we bet on sporting events today.


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