Sports fans have patiently waited for the return of live sports since early March. Now, the NBA is set to return at the end of the month, but college football was dealt some bad news earlier today.
BetOnline has released odds for the return of both leagues.
The NBA restart is scheduled for July 30 in Orlando. Play was halted on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a return to play was approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors in June.
Things will look a little different than they did before the hiatus, as only 22 teams are going to participate in the restart. There will be stringent health and safety protocols in place at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as an emphasis on fighting systemic racism and promoting social justice.
Oddsmakers at BetOnline are not convinced things will definitely go according to plan, though. The odds for the regular season restarting on time (July 30) are set at -325, with the payout on a delay listed at +215 for skeptical bettors.
Unfortunately, the odds for the season finishing under the new format are worse. BetOnline lists ‘Yes’ at -250, while a disrupted season would provide a +170 payout for wagers on the ‘No’ option. The season must restart for this prop to have action.
College football is a little farther away, but the number of variables involved make it a trickier avenue to predict. Teams are currently testing athletes, and the results have been mixed.
Clemson and LSU dealt with a large number of positive COVID-19 tests last month. Ohio State and North Carolina joined schools like Kansas State on Tuesday in pausing voluntary workouts due to lots of positive test results.
On the bright side, schools such as Tulane and North Carolina State only had a few COVID-19 tests come back positive. In Norman, Oklahoma saw every test on its football players come back negative.
However, the Big Ten dropped some terrible news earlier today when it announced that its schools will only play games against each other this fall. Therefore, all bets on season win totals for Big Ten schools are off and will be refunded. The same goes for FBS program that have non-conference games scheduled against Big Ten foes.
This news came less than 24 hours after Circa Sports released sides and totals for Week 1.
On Wednesday, the Ivy League announced that all fall sports have been cancelled.
BetOnline released a plethora of props dealing with college football and cancellations today, but those options (like the one from the tweet below) were taken off the board after the news from the Big Ten.
**Brian Edwards contributed to this story.