Online Casinos and Sportsbooks Prepare for NFL Season
September 11, 2020
Online sports betting has been one of the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. With the majority of live sporting events cancelled, states with legalized online gambling have been forced to try and direct wagering to their online casinos.
Thankfully, there may be a lifeboat on the horizon. The National Football League is slated to resume play on September 10, 2020. This will be the beginning of the regular season. No pre-season play was permitted due to the health crisis.
Online sportsbooks in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Indiana are now scrambling to offer promotions and bonuses to new bettors. American football is one of the top picks for sports bettors, with billions of dollars being poured into NFL bets. Online sportsbooks are counting on that money to get them back on top.
Some online sportsbooks which function as an extension of an online casino have had it easier than others. In New Jersey the revenues for online casino gaming increased as the revenues for sports betting fell. The current figures indicate that some online casino operations may have been able to retain their sports betting base throughout the pandemic.
The story is similar in Pennsylvania, where almost all types of online betting are legal. In Nevada, things are a little different. Players in the state are only allowed to play online poker. The health crisis forced the closure of live casinos and sportsbooks for most of the first half of 2020. This has led some lawmakers to question the wisdom of prohibitions on online betting.
The coming months are going to provide a clearer picture as professional sports once again ramp up, giving online sports bettors plenty of opportunities. Players across the US should have an ample opportunity to search for online sportsbook promotions and free money bonuses as the sportsbooks try to compete with one another.