What are we going to bet on now that the Super Bowl is over? Anything we want. Here are some of the major sports betting events coming up in the next few weeks.
In case you haven't noticed, sports betting is really, really hot right now. More money was bet on Super Bowl LI than ever before. Same for the 2016 World Series. This is why major league franchises are being bought and sold for billions of dollars – not just franchises, but entire organizations like the UFC. It's also why companies like Apple and Microsoft are trying to hop on the sports betting bandwagon.
So now that the Super Bowl is behind us, where should you make your sports picks? There's no shortage of leagues still in action; the NBA and NHL are in full swing, college hoops is loaded for bear, and soccer is being played around the world. On top of that, keep an eye on the sports odds for the following marquee events.
February 26: Daytona 500
The folks at NASCAR can mess around with their “Chase” format as much as they want – nobody cares about all that. They care about who wins the Super Bowl of stock car racing. A lot of people will be betting on Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt has been named Most Popular Driver on the Cup circuit for 14 consecutive years.
March 4: UFC 209
As always, the card is subject to change, but for now, the main event at the big new arena in Las Vegas is a Welterweight title rematch between champion Tyron Woodley (+110 at press time) and challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Their first match at UFC 205 ended in a majority draw.
March 4: Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia
Moving on to the squared circle, this is a Welterweight unification bout for Thurman's WBA title and Garcia's WBC title, live from Brooklyn. Thurman (–245 at press time) is the No. 2-ranked boxer at 147 pounds according to Ring Magazine; Garcia is ranked No. 7.
March 18: Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs
Can anyone stop the God of War? Golovkin is 36-0 as a pro, he holds all the major Middleweight titles, and he's a –750 chalk against Jacobs – even though Jacobs is 33-1 himself and the former WBO champion at 160 pounds.