Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
This paper uses pregame spread data to attempt to analyze the efficiency of the NFL betting market. I look at hot hand betting, performance during prime-time games, home field advantage, and favorites to test for inefficiencies in the market, thereby uncovering a profitable betting strategy. Using OLS regression analysis, I find no evidence of a profitable betting strategy betting on teams on streaks or home underdogs. However, my results suggest that it may be profitable to bet on the home team in prime-time games, regardless of their favorite or underdog status.
Anderson, Spencer, "NFL Betting Market Efficiency: Finding a Profitable Betting Strategy" (2019). Economics Student Theses and Capstone Projects. 121.