Pardon the interruption.
Recently, major sporting events have all pretty much been canceled thanks to the ongoing battle to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
In particular, Indiana residents were eagerly anticipating the first March Madness since the Hoosier State legalized sports betting last year. Sadly, sports enthusiasts and bettors will now have to wait until next year.
But, wait, what about other professional sports? Well, major sports leagues like the NBA, NHL, MLB, and even the PGA Tour canceled their events for now.
Fortunately, there are still available sports to place your wagers on, although the events are now a bit sparse.
IGC unveils new sports betting options
Here’s some good news. On March 19, the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved several new sports leagues. This is good news for the fledgling sports betting market because it:
- Expands options for sports bettors
- Brings in some much-needed revenue after the cancellation of March Madness
Here’s a list of the expanded sports offerings freshly approved by the IGC:
- B.League: Basketball League from Japan for those looking for an alternative to March Madness.
- NBL: National Basketball League in Australia
- NBB: Brazil’s basketball league “Novo Baquete Brasil”
- MOTO GP: Motorcycle racing
- Rugby: Several rugby cups like the European Challenge Cup, Super Rugby and the Premiership Rugby Cup are approved.
- South Africa Cricket: The Momentum One Day Cup
- US Open Cup: A knock-out style soccer tournament series
- Table tennis: This includes all the International Table Tennis Federation and European Table Tennis Union events
At the present time even with the expanded offerings by the IGC, the truth is most of these events are at best, postponed, and at worst, canceled. Apparently, only certain table tennis events, such as the Table Tennis Cup, remain on schedule.
On the other hand, just because the IGC approved these events, certain sportsbooks may not even offer them. It remains to be seen which sportsbooks will pick certain sports or completely pass over these new options.
Odds still offered by Indiana sportsbooks
For example, DraftKings recently listed odds on the Table Tennis Cup.
Moreover, rugby seems to be still on the books. The National Rugby League (NRL) out of Australia has not announced any cancellations. In fact, DraftKings, BetMGM, BetRivers, and PointsBet all offer odds and betting on the NRL.
Also still on the sports betting books is soccer. Although, it must be stated that many of Europe’s leagues have postponed or canceled games already. However, the Belarus Premier League, Australia’s A-League, and Germany’s DFB-Pokal are still proceeding with their games.
Lastly, as far as “normal” sports betting events go, mixed martial arts fights are still currently scheduled. UFC 249 is on April 18, with Khabib versus Tony Ferguson battling it out for the lightweight title.