We have reached uncharted waters in the sports betting landscape. With a small handful of exceptions, nearly every professional sports league in the world has postponed operations because of the COVID-19 outbreak. When will the NBA return to the court? When will the Premier League get back on the pitch? Offshore sports book 5Dimes has set some odds on when we’ll see some normalcy in the sports world.
Bettors can wager on whether or not the NBA will play a regular season (or postseason) game by April 18. That date would be five weeks since the league shut down operations after Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.
Will Major League Baseball play a game before June 1? The “yes” is -180 with the “no” at +140. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged that the Summer Olympics will go on as-scheduled. Oddsmakers don’t necessarily agree. A delayed start to the Opening Ceremonies is -230, with +170 on the event starting on schedule.
Sooooo…What can we do in the meantime? WagerTalk will continue to produce evergreen betting content on our YouTube channel. Many of your favorite shows (Pucktime, NBA Tip-Off, etc.) will continue in some capacity.
There are a handful of major global soccer leagues still in competition (Mexico’s LigaMX, Russia’s Premier League, Turkey’s Super Lig, etc.). Our soccer experts have you covered. WagerTalk’s Carmine Bianco and SportsMemo’s Nick Borrman will continue to find you winners on the soccer pitch.
Horse racing is continuing across the country, albeit with no fans in attendance. WagerTalk’s horse racing expert SIG will continue to handicap the Championship Meet from Gulfstream Park. We are in the heart of Kentucky Derby prep season. Here are the races you should be keeping an eye on over the next few weeks:
Louisiana Derby (3/21)
Sunland Derby (3/22)
UAE Derby (3/28)
Florida Derby (3/28)
Wood Memorial (4/4)
Blue Grass (4/4)
Santa Anita Derby (4/4)
Arkansas Derby (4/11)