Sports fans circled 9 September in their 2021 diaries as the date the new National Football League season begins. NFL 2021 promises to be the most fantastic, exciting and dramatic season in living memory as the sport aims to prove it has successfully fought back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that brought many other sports and industries to their knees. The NFL is back with a bang, baby.
The opening round of matches are already in the book, but there’s no need to worry if you failed to take your seat in time for the curtain going up. There’s plenty more to come before the regular season finishes and the playoffs begin on 15 January. The Superbowl will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on 13 February, but which two teams will battle it out for their place in the history books,
In this article, we explain how you can get closer to the NFL action this season, from purchasing tickets to a match in the US to sampling the flavour of a game in London. Watching the NFL in Canada on a live stream to placing your bets on the outright winner of the leagues, conferences and Superbowl. We’ve got you covered.
Take in the atmosphere
The best way to watch the NFL is to purchase a ticket, travel to the stadium and soak up the electric atmosphere of a game night in person. Tickets to the biggest matches aren’t easy to come by, but with the right amount of planning and time spent looking for tickets, you should be able to bag yourself an invite to the party.
There’s nothing quite like watching a full-blooded NFL battle from the stands, cheering on your favourite players and teams while enjoying the delights of stadium fast food alongside like-minded sports fans. The best way to get a ticket for the match is through an official NFL vendor or the website of your chosen team.
Always be wary of buying tickets through an unlicensed seller or a ticket tout around the stadium, as you could be scammed and end up paying for a worthless piece of paper that won’t get you anywhere near the gate. This is a worry for all sports fans purchasing tickets through unofficial sites, often paying well over the odds for them, but if you stick to the accepted and legal channels, you will be protected.
As you can imagine, NFL stadiums are also jam-packed and have the potential to be confusing or even overwhelming for the less experienced visitor. That’s why it pays to arrive at the venue in plenty of time before the advertised start. This could be an hour or more. Don’t worry; the top NFL stadiums have plenty to keep you occupied while you wait.
Watch from the comfort of your home
A far more popular and convenient option for football fans eager to get closer to the action and watch the season’s big matches is to watch from the comfort of their own home. The sports channels on television are the traditional way to watch the match, but schedulers pick and choose the games they show, and an exciting match for the TV may not be an exciting match for you. That shouldn’t mean you need to miss out.
NFL teams have their own dedicated TV channels and live streams that allow fans from around the world to catch the match. You can watch on your TV or home computer, or you can keep up to speed with the play when out and about, on the move or at work, thanks to an app that is downloaded to your Android or iOS smartphone device. Never again will you miss a game, point, kick or touchdown. If the match is going on and you have the app on your device, you can follow the live stream.
Place your bets
If you are attending a match in person or settling down to watch the game live, you may want to add a bit extra spice to the occasion by gambling on the outcome. The leading sportsbooks offer dozens of eye-catching betting markets and generous odds on each game, allowing registered members to place their wagers pre-match or in-play.
This can be done on your home computer through the bookie’s website or on the move with the mobile gambling app installed on your device. Predict the winner of the game, call the points spread, handicap, first touchdown or any of the exciting options. When betting on your favourite NFL team, you could have two reasons to cheer, one for the win and the other for the profits heading your way.
The majority of NFL bets are made on a smartphone and before kick-off, but there are benefits to biding your time. If you hold tight with your stakes until the game has started and in full flow, it’s often easier to bag a winner. In waiting for the in-game betting coverage to start, you are benefiting from getting a feel for the conditions, the weather, selections of both coaches and any injuries that could impact the score. Most pre-game betting markets remain live throughout the contest, with odds updated to reflect the score and flow of play.