Everything to Know About Sports Betting During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

Many Americans had yet to feel the personal impact of the coronavirus pandemic before the suspension of the NBA season on Wednesday, March 17, 2020. That night, Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz players were quickly rushed off the court, and all NBA games were abruptly canceled. The NBA’s response caused a domino effect across American sports, including the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament and suspensions for a handful of other leagues. We would all prefer reading or writing about March Madness picks this time of year. However, those aren’t the cards sports fans have been dealt.

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Athletes and sports bettors alike have largely been benched thanks to the global spread of COVID-19, the virus responsible for the coronavirus pandemic, which is taking its toll on things far less trivial than sports. But for many people, sports are an escape from the “real world.” For others, sports betting and DFS are a form of income.

We will use this page to update the status of each sports league, which sports are still available to bet on, what sportsbooks are doing about any futures bets you have pending, and when you can expect regular sports betting to return. Additionally, we break down what daily fantasy sports operators are doing to bring you innovative DFS contests during the coronavirus pandemic.

First thing’s first.

What You Can Bet on This Week

League Info and Updated Statuses

Still Active

eSports If you’re looking for a new DFS sport, eSports contests continue to grow amid the current global health crisis. DFS fans can find GPPs and cash games for eSports games like League of Legends (LoL). RotoGrinders has LoL player projections and LineupHQ for the contests, helping those less familiar with these games quickly adjust to one of the few sports still available to sports bettors and DFSers alike.

Revised Schedule and Dates

NASCAR – After a series of successful iRacing events, NASCAR is preparing its return to the racetrack. Fans won’t be in attendance but the NASCAR season will resume on Sunday May 17 at Darlington Raceway. Get all the best NASCAR DFS and betting tips with RotoGrinders Core subscription!

PGA – The PGA tried to carry on during the 2020 PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. However, golfers completed only one round before the PGA decided to pull the plug. DraftKings and FanDuel refunded all PGA DFS money, which was a silver lining for those with bad DFS lineups at the time. The cancellation of the tournament was less ideal for Hideki Matsuyama, who led the field after Round 1 with a record-tying 9-under (63).

Now the PGA is aiming for a June 11 start in Fort Worth, Texas for the Charles Schwab Invitational. Colonial Country Club, the host of the event, won’t have fans in attendance, and it’s unclear when spectators will be allowed on Tour again, but it’s live, professional sports nonetheless. You can look at PGA golf betting odds and tips for the PGA Championship, U.S. Open, and Masters here.

Additionally, there have been rumors of a Tiger vs. Phil rematch, which presumably would take place in May, before the PGA Tour resumes.

Temporarily Suspended

MMAThough the NBA and other majors sport shut down, Dana White and the UFC rolled with the punches, and the show went on for UFC Brazil, albeit without fans. White hoped to continue holding events without fans, but the UFC quickly changed course, postponing the next three events on their calendar. UFC 249 was tentatively set to carry on, with a tribal area hosting the fight. White was determined to carry on, but as it turns out, everyone has a boss. To MMA fans’ dismay, White’s superiors at ESPN and ABC had the last word, and that mean UFC 249 would be further postponed.

With UFC 249 delayed, what’s next for White? Last week he said he was in the process of acquiring a private island to hold UFC events. We’ll soon find out how ambitious White truly is.

NBAIn a way, we might all owe the NBA, commissioner Adam Silver and even Rudy Gobert a big thanks. The NBA took the lead and appropriately opened the floodgates to the suspension of our for past times. What followed has not been fun, but it might be for the best.

As of now, the return of the NBA season is TBD, as is the case with most sports. CDC guidelines put NBA action at least eight weeks out, but it’s probably best to prepare yourself for a longer wait or even a canceled season.

MLB Baseball fans will not be singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame anytime soon. Originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26, Opening Day will be pushed back as they follow the precautionary measures recommended by the CDC and World Health Organization. Again, it’s best to prepare yourselves for longer delays. We may not see the first pitch of the MLB season until later in the summer.

NHL – Nearly one week after the NHL suspended their season, several Senators players became the first NHL players to test positive for COVID-19. The NHL will likely resume play around the same time the NBA does. There were just three-in-a-half weeks left on the schedule before the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs start. Though we have to temporarily live without our favorite sports, it could be a jam-packed summer and/or fall headlined by the NHL and NBA postseasons.

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College Basketball – This one hurts the most. March was here and we were all eagerly waiting for the Madness: brackets, NCAAB betting, and days filled with basketball. For many college basketball fans, like those in Indiana, this was going to be the first March with legal sports betting. However, to our dismay, there will be no 2020 NCAA Tournament. Not now, not later. We won’t get college hoops back until the fall.

XFL Vince McMahon’s second rendition of the XFL made it halfway before the current pandemic interrupted the season. It looked like the Houston Roughnecks were on their way to an XFL Championship while quarterback PJ Tucker was a heavy favorite to win XFL MVP.

XFL 2020 has been canceled, not just suspended. While those profiting on XFL bets and XLF DFS are understandably disappointed, but it’s not all bad news. The XFL will be back next year. Will the Roughnecks pick up where the left off?

Out of Season

NFL The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell proceeded with NFL free agency as originally scheduled. It was a controversial decision considering players will need to take private flights to meet with front offices and undergo physicals, but it is already helping entertain NFL fans, many of whom are social distancing and working from home during this time.

Within hours of free agency kicking off, the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals made a blockbuster trade. On Tuesday, Tom Brady announced he would not be returning to the New England Patriots. It just so happens you can still bet on where certain NFL players will be playing football in Week 1. Not to mention NFL futures odds are still up at legal US sportsbooks, along with betting props for the 2020 NFL Draft, which will keep its original date but will move inside a studio rather than taking place in Las Vegas.

The NFL still plans to kick off the 2020 season on Thursday, September 5th, 2020, but will likely depend on how successful the U.S. is at containing the virus over the next couple of months. In the meantime, keep up with the biggest moves in the NFL with our NFL free agency signings and trades tracker.

College Football Nothing new here. College football is still scheduled to kick off on August 20. We’ll see how early team practices can resume.

Sportsbook Updates

Here’s what’s left to bet on at some of the most popular online sportsbooks:

DraftKings Sportsbook

  • NFL Futures, Win Totals, 2020 NFL Draft
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Soccer – Turkish Super Lig, Argentina Nacional B, Australian NPL Victoria, A-League, Chile Primera A, Ecuador Primera A, Germany DFB Pokal, Sweden Allsvenskan
  • College Football – Game of the Year Lines, Teams & Player Futures
  • MLB – World Series, League Winner, Division Winner
  • Rugby – National Rugby League

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel voided & refunded all NCAA futures bets involving canceled games or tournaments including March Madness.

  • NFL Futures, Cam Newton Week 1 Team
  • NBA – NBA Finals
  • MLB – World Series
  • Golf – The Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, British Open
  • College Football – NCAAF FBS Championship
  • Soccer –Turkish Super Lig, Ukraine Premier League, Argentina
  • Rugby – National Rugby League

PointsBet

  • NFL 43 Look Ahead Lines, Futures, Win Totals, 2020 NFL Draft, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton’s Next Team
  • College Football – Conference Championship and National Championship
  • Rugby – National Rugby League
  • Australian Rules Football
  • MLB – World Series, Division Winners
  • Golf – 2020 Ryder Cup, The Masters, The Open Championship, U.S. Open, PGA Championship
  • Soccer – Turkish Super Lig, Turkish 1.Lig, Ukraine Premier League, Argentina, Copa de la Super Liga, Argentina Primera B, Australian A-League

BetMGM

  • NFL Futures, 2020 NFL Draft, Cam Newton’s Next Team
  • Soccer – Argentina Nacional B, Australia A-League, Germany DFB Pokal, Sweden Allsvenskan, Turkish Super Lig
  • MLB – World Series, Win Totals, CY Young
  • Australian Rules Football

William Hill

  • NFL Futures
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Rugby – National Rugby League
  • Basketball – Brazilian leagues, Australian Basketball NLB Finals, Turkish Super Ligi Basketball
  • Soccer – Turkish Super Lig, Argentina Primero B Nacional, Brazil Paulista Serie A1, Argentine Superliga, Brazilian Serie A, Brazilian Serie B, Belarus Cup, Belarus, Premier League, Gibraltar Premier Division, Hungarian NB II, Kazakhstan Premier League, Kosovo Superliga, Russian National Football League, Serbian Prva Liga, Turkish 1. Lig, Ukrainian Persha Liga
  • NHL – Stanley Cup Futures

Daily Fantasy Sports Updates

DraftKings

  • eSports
  • Soccer

FanDuel

  • Survivor Freeroll (TV Show)
  • NBA Sim Sports Free Play
  • Soccer
  • Presidential Debates

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  • eSports

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