Following the shutdown of American major league professional sports and college sports, as well as the temporary shuttering of physical sportsbooks across the U.S. and the world, legal sports betting is getting a new look. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us inside and away from large gatherings. The question for many sports fans currently self-quarantined and looking for a diversion has become: “What live events can I bet on, and where?” The answer is: Just about anything resembling a sport that is still being contested is available to bet on.
During a week that was slated to begin with Selection Sunday and end with four straight days of March Madness, sportsbooks will miss the biggest sporting event of their year and are scrambling to try to replace at least some of the lost revenue.
“Normally, we would be setting up the props (for March Madness), watching NIT games, and prepping for the crowds,” Jay Kornegay, vice president of Race & Sports Book Operations for the Westgate Superbook, told Sports Handle via e-mail Monday. “Instead, we’re tracking down third-tier soccer league schedules.” Some Nevada casinos are still open for business.
Several international basketball and soccer leagues continue to play – although some are doing so without fans – and sports betting operators are digging up things to bet on from Argentina to Kosovo to Serbia. Odds are being offered on things from MMA to rugby, with plans to add events like chess and snooker, as soon