Sports books are always on the hunt for new betting opportunities to offer their customers and fill gaps in the sporting schedule. A new sporting league that hosts its first round in late February 2016 could offer a glimpse of a new betting medium of the future – the Drone Racing League.

The Drone Racing League announced its inaugural season in January 2016 and the first event will be held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

As a potential betting medium it seems to have a lot in its favour:
• Fast-paced live or pre-recorded sports action – 70mph drones
• Thrills and spills without concerns for human or animal welfare
• First person viewing makes viewers feel part of the action
• Regular and frequent events – the drones don’t get tired
• An element of form, skill and personalities in the pilots flying the drones
• An appeal to younger, non-traditional sports fans

GBGC’s director Lorien Pilling commented: “Technology is a key factor in the modern betting world and it allows new forms of betting and new sports events upon which to bet. The great developments in virtual betting events are testament to that. There is a current emphasis on attracting the next generation of sports bettors and the realisation that traditional sports may not be sufficient. Drone racing would seem to have the ideal attributes to appeal to the Star Wars generation.”