February 16th, 2012 admin Gambling
After the Superbowl, the betting world for sports slows down for the better part of February. There is no more NFL games to bet on and there are only the dedicated gamblers that are betting on your average NBA or NHL game. College Football won’t be back until August and College Basketball doesn’t heat up until the first week in March.
March is when things start to heat up all over the sports world. The largest event that will happen in March is the NCAA college basketball tournament known as “March Madness”. This starts off with Championship Week the first full week in March. The madness begins on Selection Sunday, which is March 11th this year.
After the tournament brackets are set, everyone will be in a mad dash to fill out their brackets for the office pools and contests before the start of tip-off in the first game which will take place the following Thursday (March 15) around Noon ET. Of course, there is the introduction of the “First Round” which consists of four games to play-in to the main tournament. This includes the 4 lowest ranked tournament selections playing in 2 games and the 4 weakest conference champions playing in 2 other games.
March Madness is one of those sporting events that draws a lot of betting, like the Superbowl or the start of the NFL or College football seasons. The closer that we get to the tournament, the more offers that you are likely to see from the sports betting sites.
Other Sports in March
One sporting event that does take place in late February is the Daytona 500 in NASCAR. This is the traditional starting race of the NASCAR season. There are a couple of preliminary events but the Daytona 500 is the event that most racing fans will be betting on. The race begins on Sunday, February 26 at 1:00PM ET. From there, you will find one major race per week all the way up to the Chase for the Cup in September.
Unless you have a favorite team or have a vast knowledge of all of the teams in the league. I would stay away from betting on the NBA this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that the people in the know can make a killing on predicting the average NBA matchup based on tired teams playing 4 games in 5 nights or playing back-to-back road games.
All I have to say is that the product looks very watered down for two reasons: Teams do not have enough time to practice and teams are bound to be tired and lay an egg on a given night. There have been too many blowout and bad games for me to try to gamble on the NBA this year.
Here’s a perfect example, the Detroit Pistons were getting blown out by an average of 20 points a game for the majority of the season. Then they inexplicably go on a 4 game winning streak because of a combination tired opponents and good shooting; but then they promptly lose by 20 points at home to Washington, one of the worst teams in the league. That’s just one example of this NBA schedule really messing with players.
MLB also gets started in March with Spring Training. However, there isn’t much betting until the start of opening day which is March 31st this year.
Golf is another sport that is starting to get underway. There is usually one event each weekend, but March is when all of the best players start to get ready for the Masters which is the first Major tournament of the year. The Masters begins this year on Thursday, April 5th and the Final Round will take place Sunday, April 8th.
Horse racing will be in the background during most of March except for when people in England bet on the Cheltenham Festival. The majority of the races in the United States are warm-ups and qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby which will take place in early May.
Finally, let me hit on soccer really quick. The Premier League and the other European football leagues are already in full swing. Many of these teams will be giving up some of their players back for the start of the MLS season in the United States. The MLS season begins on Saturday, March 10. The major events for soccer this year will include the Euro 2012 and the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Medals at the Olympic Games in London.