The Social Phenomenon of Football: Football Betting in Nigeria

Olayinka Akanle 1, Fageyinbo Taiwo Kolade 1
1 - Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
2015; 16 (4):
ICID: 1189811
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
A social phenomenon is strongly crystallising in Nigeria. Football is a strong socio-economic
sport in the country. This is particularly so in comparison with European football
clubs. The number of fans of these clubs is enormous, as a result of which the economy is
strongly evolving and due for scientific investigations. Every time a match of major football
leagues across the world takes place, fans – apart from watching the football batches
– make bets on the results, hoping to get economic rewards, as well as the psycho-social
experiences. Football betting is today a major form of business in Nigeria. It is a growing
industry, as betting shops are opening, thus becoming an important part of social
phenomena, regardless of the national underdevelopment. This article therefore attempts
to understand how football betting phenomenally shapes social relations in Nigeria. The
research questions are: what is the origin of football betting in the context of study? Why
do people engage in football betting? And how is football betting organized, processed,
and structured? The study that this article was based on was empirical within the theoretical
orientation of social exchange and Marxism. The study utilized purposive and accidental
sampling techniques. Three hundred copies of a questionnaire were administered.
Qualitative approach was also adopted through eight in-depth interviews (IDIs) and eight
key informant interviews (KIIs). Data analysis was done through statistical software and
content analysis. Important findings were made and presented in the article.
DOI: 10.5604/20842937.1189811

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