2020 Sports Betting Calendar

Dates for Every Betting Event in 2020

If a global pandemic has taught the sports world one lesson, it’s that you can bet on more than just the Big Four.

The NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL will always dominate sports betting markets in states with legal sports betting. However, sports bettors now realize they can bet on everything from Aussie Rules Football to the Bundesliga to professional darts to Korean baseball—not to mention a little Russian table tennis.

The internet has made all things possible with access to live sports and sports betting markets from around the world, 24/7, even when all is quiet in American sports.

As major sports leagues return across North America, the traditional sports betting calendar has taken on a new look. Here’s how that sports calendar appears now, in 2020, and how it will look in future years as your regularly scheduled sports programming resumes.

Aussie Rules Football

The AFL season usually runs from March to August, with finals in September and October. The AFL’s first reaction to the pandemic was to shorten the 2020 sports seasons calendar from 22 matches to 17 per team.

The first round of the 2020 AFL season played out with no fans in attendance at nine games Thursday, March 19, through Sunday, March 22. However, the season was suspended after that.

Training began again in May, and the AFL schedule resumed in June, although some scheduling has since been altered, with the remainder of the schedule still in flux.

Baseball

MLB

The traditional MLB season runs from late March or early April until late September or early October with all 30 teams each playing 162 games. The World Series usually wraps up by the end of October or start of November.

Major League Baseball’s opening day was set for March 26, 2020, but as spring training was wrapping up the league suspended the start of the MLB season due to the pandemic.

In July, the 2020 MLB season was cut to 60 regular season games for each team. The shortened season began on July 23 and will wrap up on Sept. 27, followed by the new MLB postseason format.

Under the new format the top 16 teams will advance to a best-of-three first round. Winners will move on to the best-of-five Division Series. The final four teams will play in best-of-seven League Championship Series, and the winners will meet in the best-of-seven World Series.

The postseason will start on Sept. 29 with the World Series to take place in late October, though the league has not set official dates yet. Betting on all MLB games is available at any major NJ sportsbook.

2020 MLB key dates:

  • Sept. 27: End of 60-game season
  • Sept. 29: Start of MLB postseason

Korean Baseball Organization

The KBO season traditionally runs from late March until the end of September. Each team plays 144 games followed by a postseason.

Opening day for the 2020 KBO season was scheduled for March 28, but it was delayed due to COVID-19. The KBO regular season actually began on May 5. All ten teams will still play 144 games each with the season now scheduled to end on Oct. 18.

2020 KBO key dates:

  • Oct. 18: Regular season ends

Basketball

NBA

The 2019-20 NBA season began on Oct. 22, 2019. It was scheduled to end on April 15, 2020, with the NBA playoffs starting April 18. However, after each team had played between 63 and 67 of 82 regular season games, the season was suspended in March.

basketballIn June 2020, the NBA and its players association approved a plan to restart the season on July 31.

The 22 teams still in contention for the playoffs played eight regular season games to finalize playoff seeding, followed by a traditional 16-team NBA playoffs. The NBA Finals are now scheduled to conclude no later than Oct. 13.

All the games will be held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, without fans in attendance. Players, coaches and staff will also be contained in a bubble at Walt Disney World in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

2020 NBA key dates:

  • Aug. 17: NBA playoffs begin
  • Aug. 31 to Sept. 13: Second round of NBA playoffs
  • Sept. 15-28: NBA Conference Finals
  • Sept. 30: NBA Finals begin
  • Oct. 13: NBA Finals Game 7 (if necessary)

Read more: Best NBA Betting Sites in NJ

WNBA

In April, the 2020 WNBA season was indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic.

In June, the league approved a plan to hold a 22-game regular season beginning on July 25 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, without fans in attendance. The WNBA playoffs and WNBA Finals formats will remain the same, but end later in October.

2020 WNBA key dates:

  • Sept. 12: Regular season ends

EuroLeague and Euro Cup

The 2019-20 EuroLeague season began Oct. 3. 2019. It was canceled in May 2020. The 2020-21 EuroLeague season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 1, featuring the same 18 teams from the previous unfinished season.

EuroCup Basketball is the EuroLeague’s secondary level pro club tournament. The tournament has been around since 2002 and is generally held from the beginning of October to mid-April. The 2019-20 EuroCup Basketball tournament was canceled on May 25 due to COVID-19.

The 2020-21 EuroCup Basketball tournament is scheduled to begin play on Sept. 30. The eight teams that qualified for the quarterfinals in 2019-20 have been awarded guaranteed spots.

Boxing

The boxing world was heavily impacted by the pandemic. Just about every major fight and fight card scheduled from March through June was either postponed or canceled.

However, big-time boxing resumed around the world in July. Here’s a look at some key dates for 2020:

  • Aug. 22: Brentwood, Essex, England — Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin
  • Aug. 29: Jose Ramirez vs. Viktor Postol
  • Sept. 26: Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
  • Oct. 17: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr.
  • Oct. 24:  Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz
  • Nov. 21: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia
  • Nov. 28:  Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. (Exhibition)

Cricket

ICC

The first ICC World Test Championship series started on Aug. 1, 2019, with the Ashes series. It is scheduled to finish with a final at Lord’s in England in June 2021. However, several rounds of series have been postponed due to the pandemic.

The second ICC World Test Championship is scheduled to run from July 2021 to June 2023.

ICC Cricket World Cup

The international championship of One Day International cricket is held every four years. England is the current champion, having won in 2019. The next ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled for India in 2023.

ICC Cricket World Cup Super League

A One Day International cricket league holding its inaugural season from May 2020 to March 2022.

The start of the league saw several rounds of matches postponed due to COVID-19. The ICC will plan the future of the league at a later date.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

The 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was scheduled for Australia from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15. However, Cricket Australia has said that is unlikely considering the global pandemic. The event may be moved to October 2021.

Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League is India’s top professional Twenty20 cricket league.

The eight-team league runs annually from March or April to May.

IPL matches are the most attended cricket matches in the world. The Mumbai Indians won the 2019 IPL season. The 2020 season has been suspended indefinitely.

Football

NFL

The 2020-21 NFL season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.

giants jets nfl game 2019The rest of the league will play Week 1 games on either Sunday, Sept. 13, or Monday, Sept. 14. Week 17 of the 2020-21 NFL schedule is set for Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, with all 32 teams playing.

The NFL playoffs are expanding to 14 teams for the 2020-21 season. That means three instead of the usual two Wild Card teams per conference. Plus, only each conference’s top seed gets a first round bye, rather than each conference’s top two seeds.

The 2020-21 NFL playoffs will begin with three Wild Card Round games on Jan. 9 and three more on Jan. 10. The top seed in each conference will play the lowest seed remaining after the Wild Card Round, and the other two remaining teams will play each other in the Divisional Round scheduled for Jan. 16-17.

The winners advance to the Conference Championships scheduled for Jan. 24. The conference champions will face off in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 7

2020-21 NFL key dates:

  • Sept. 10: NFL Kickoff Game
  • Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day with three NFL games: Houston at Detroit, Washington at Dallas, Baltimore at Pittsburgh
  • Jan. 9-10: NFL Playoffs Wild Card Round
  • Jan. 16-17: NFL Playoffs Divisional Round
  • Jan. 24: AFC and NFC Conference Championships
  • Feb. 7: Super Bowl LV

Read more: NFL Betting at NJ Sportsbooks

College Football

The 2020-21 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision season is scheduled to kick off on Aug. 29 and wrap up on Dec. 12. However, most conferences are considering altering their sports schedules due to COVID-19.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences had already announced that games would be played against in-conference opponents only before postponing the season entirely until spring 2021. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC plan to play this fall.

As it has since 2014, the NCAA still plans to determine an FBS national champion through the College Football Playoff four-team postseason tournament.

The College Football Playoff semifinal games in 2020-21 are the Fiesta Bowl and the Orange Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 2, 2021. The winners will face off in the 2021 College Football Playoff national championship game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Jan. 11.

More than 30 other college bowl games are also scheduled from late December 2020 through early January 2021, including the Cotton Bowl (Dec. 30), Peach Bowl (Jan. 1), Rose Bowl (TBD) and Sugar Bowl (TBD). However, all bowl games in 2020 and 2021 may be put on hold depending on COVID-19. Schedules and plans can change at a moment’s notice.

2020-21 NCAA Division I FBS key dates:

  • Aug. 29: NCAA Division I FBS season begins
  • Dec. 12: NCAA Division I FBS season ends
  • Jan. 2: Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal games)
  • Jan. 11: College Football Playoff national championship game

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CFL

The 2020 Canadian Football League season was scheduled to kick off on June 11, but was postponed until at least September.

The nine CFL teams typically play 18 games over a 21-week regular season where each team gets three bye weeks from mid-June to early November. The top six teams advance to the league’s three-week divisional playoffs culminating in the Grey Cup championship game in late November.

No final decision has been made regarding the 2020 season. However, the CFL has said that if it does play, it will play a shortened season starting in September with a Grey Cup game in December.

XFL

The eight-team XFL kicked off its reboot season on Feb. 8.

The league had planned a 10-week regular season playing through April 12, followed by division championships on April 18 and 19 and the XFL Championship on April 26 in Houston.

However, the XFL canceled the season in March 2020 due to COVID-19. A month later the league suspended operations and filed for bankruptcy. The league currently has no plans to return in 2021, although it was recently purchased by a new ownership group that includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Formula One

The 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship start was postponed until July due to the pandemic. A number of races have been canceled or postponed.

Although the season started in July 2020 with the Austrian Grand Prix, the number of races it will include and an exact schedule have yet to be finalized. F1 hopes to publish a wider sporting events calendar in the coming months.

Here’s a look at some remaining F1 races:

  • Aug. 28-30: Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2020 in Belgium
  • Sept. 4-6: Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken D’italia 2020 in Italy
  • Sept. 11-13: Formula 1 Gran Premio Della Toscana Ferrari 1000 2020 in Italy
  • Sept. 25-27: Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020 in Russia

Golf

A number of majors and other golf tournaments were either postponed or canceled all over the world in 2020 due to COVID-19. However, professional golf returned in June and has operated relatively smoothly—and on schedule—since. Golf betting has also been a major source of action for NJ sportsbooks.

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The 2019-20 PGA Tour season saw three out of four majors postponed and the other canceled (The Open Championship).

Two of the three postponed majors were moved to a rescheduled 2020-21 PGA Tour season. The PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco was the only major played as a part of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

There will be a 2020 Masters, but it will be held in November as a part of the 2020-21 schedule. A revised 2019-20 season resumed the weekend of June 8 with the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The revamped PGA Tour will continue without fans in attendance at tournaments through the beginning of September. Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule:

  • Aug. 24-30: BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Illinois (FedEx Cup playoffs)
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 7: Tour Championship, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia (FedEx Cup playoffs)

The PGA Tour has also released the fall portion of its 2020-21 schedule, including the following dates in the remainder of 2020:

  • Sept. 7-13: Safeway Open, Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, California
  • Sept. 14-20: U.S. Open, Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York
  • Sept. 21-27: Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin
  • Sept. 21-27: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Oct. 5-11: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct. 12-18: The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea
  • Oct. 19-25: Zozo Championship, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct. 26-Nov. 1: World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
  • Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Bermuda Championship, Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda
  • Nov. 2-8: Houston Open, Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas
  • Nov. 9-15: Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
  • Nov. 16-22: The RSM Classic, Sea Island Resort (Seaside and Plantation), Sea Island, Georgia
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleón Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Hero World Challenge, Albany, New Providence, Bahamas
  • Dec. 7-13: QBE Shootout, Tiburón GC, Naples, Florida
  • Dec. 14-20: PNC Father-Son Challenge, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida

LPGA

The 2020 LPGA Tour season started in January 2020. The following list of LPGA tournaments was played before the season was suspended in February due to the pandemic:

  • Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
  • Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio
  • ISPS Handa Vic Open
  • ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

More than a dozen events were canceled or moved, including the cancellation of one major: the Evian Championship in France previously scheduled for Aug 6-9. The LPGA was set to return beginning July 31.

The rest of the 2020 LPGA schedule now looks like this:

  • Aug. 27-30: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (Arkansas)
  • Sep. 10-13: ANA Inspiration [Major] (California)
  • Sep. 17-20: Cambia Portland Classic (Oregon)
  • Sep. 24-27: Kia Classic (California)
  • Oct. 1-4: ShopRite LPGA Classic (New Jersey)
  • Oct. 8-11: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship [Major] (Pennsylvania)
  • Oct. 15-18: Buick LPGA Shanghai (China)
  • Oct. 22-25: BMW Ladies Championship (South Korea)
  • Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA (Taiwan)
  • Nov. 6-8: Toto Japan Classic (Japan)
  • Nov. 19-22: Pelican Women’s Championship (Florida)
  • Dec. 3-6: Volunteers of America Classic (Texas)
  • Dec. 10-13: U.S. Women’s Open (Texas)
  • Dec. 17-20: CME Group Tour Championship (Florida)

2020 PGA Championship

The PGA Championship was the only one of golf’s four majors played as a part of the 2019-20 season. It was played Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

FedEx Cup

The 2019-20 PGA Tour will include the FedEx Cup playoffs over two tournaments at the end of August and beginning of September.

These are the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois, Aug. 24-30, and the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Aug. 31-Sept. 7.

US Open

There will be a 2020 US Open. However, the event is being held as a part of the fall portion of the 2020-21 PGA Tour. The 2020 US Open is now scheduled to take place at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, Sept. 14-20, 2020.

The 2021 US Open is scheduled for its usual time in mid-June:

  • Dates: June 17-20
  • Course: Torrey Pines South Course in San Diego

Ryder Cup

The 2020 Ryder Cup was scheduled to take place at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, on Sept. 21-27 but has been postponed until Sept. 24-26, 2021. Following Ryder Cups will also now take place in odd years (2023, 2025, etc.)

The Masters

There will be a 2020 Masters. However, the event is now being held as a part of the fall portion of the 2020-21 PGA Tour schedule. The 2020 Masters is now scheduled to take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, Nov. 9-15, 2020.

European Tour

Golf’s 2019-2020 European Tour was also impacted by COVID-19, with several tournaments canceled or rescheduled.

The European Tour took three months off following the Qatar Masters in March 2020, but resumed with an altered schedule in July including two events in Austria, a six-tournament UK swing and three events in Spain and Portugal.

Here’s a look at the upcoming events on the European Tour through the end of 2020:

  • Aug. 27-30: UK Championship at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
  • Sept. 3-6: Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters at Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
  • Sept. 10-13: Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
  • Sept. 17-20: Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos at Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Óbidos, Portugal
  • Oct. 1-4: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Kingsbarns, Scotland, Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland, and Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland
  • Oct. 8-11: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
  • Oct. 15-18: BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
  • Oct. 29-Nov. 1: WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
  • Nov. 12-15: Magical Kenya Open at Karen CC, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dec. 3-6: Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player at Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa
  • Dec. 3-6: Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club, Brisbane, Australia
  • Dec. 10-13: DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

Open Championship

The 2020 Open Championship was scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. It was canceled due to the pandemic. The 2021 Open Championship is now scheduled for July 15-18 at Royal St. George’s instead.

Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup is a golf match series between a team from the US and an international team. It is similar to the Ryder Cup where Europe competes against the US.

The Presidents Cup has been held biennially in odd-numbered years since the cancellation of the 2001 Ryder Cup due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It will now revert back to even-number years due to the pandemic impacting the Ryder Cup schedule.

It was scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, 2021. However, the next Presidents Cup will now be held at Quail Hollow Club, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sept. 22-25, 2022.

Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup is a golf tournament contested by women’s teams representing Europe and the US. It was held in even years from 1990 until 2002, alternating with the Ryder Cup. It then switched to odd numbered years beginning in 2003.

The next Solheim Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio, at the Inverness Club.

Hockey

NHL

nhl hockeyThe 2019-20 NHL season was suspended indefinitely in March 2020 just before the end of the regular season. In July, the NHL announced play would resume with a 24-team playoff starting Aug. 1.

The format featured a round robin among the top four teams in each conference to determine the top four seeds in the playoffs. The other eight teams in each conference faced off in best-of-five series. The winners advanced to an otherwise normal 16-team NHL playoffs.

The playoffs are set to wrap up in early October with all games held with no fans in attendance in either Edmonton (Western Conference early rounds, Conference Finals, Stanley Cup Final) or Toronto (Eastern Conference early rounds).

Read more: NHL Betting in NJ

Horse racing

With racetracks closed all across the country due to COVID-19, the Triple Crown was thrown for a loop in 2020. The Kentucky Derby was rescheduled for Sept. 5. The Preakness Stakes was rescheduled for Oct. 3.

The Belmont Stakes was moved to the front of the line and rescheduled for June 20, running on a 1 1/8 mile track and before the Derby and Preakness for the first time ever. Tiz the Law won the Belmont with a time of 1:46.53, making him the only horse with a shot at winning the rescheduled Triple Crown in 2020.

2020 Triple Crown key dates:

  • Sept. 5: Kentucky Derby
  • Oct. 3: Preakness Stakes

Breeders’ Cup

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup is scheduled for Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. It will mark the second running of the event at Keeneland. In 2015, Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup, and more than $150 million was wagered on the races.

Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is a thoroughbred horse race held annually on the last Saturday in March at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The race carries a purse of $12 million. The 2020 Dubai World Cup was canceled due to the pandemic.

Saudi Cup

The Saudi Cup is an international horse race held for the first time in late February 2020 at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The race carried a purse of $20 million, making it the world’s richest. The 2020 Saudi Cup was held on Feb. 29 and won by an American horse, Maximum Security. Future versions of the Saudi Cup are planned for four weeks after the Pegasus World Cup in January and four weeks before the Dubai World Cup in March.

MMA

ufc betting mmaA number of UFC events were canceled due to COVID-19. After several rescheduling efforts failed, the UFC revised its plan for a new UFC 249 card and other smaller fight cards beginning May 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Several more UFC events have been held since then, including UFC 250 on June 6 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi and UFC 252 in Las Vegas.

More UFC fight cards are expected for the remaining months of 2020 and include:

  • Sept. 26: UFC 253
  • Oct. 24: UFC 254 (Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje)
  • Nov. 21: UFC 255

Read more: UFC Betting online

NASCAR

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series was suspended in March after only a few races. Racing resumed in May under a revised schedule with events running without fans in attendance.

NASCAR welcomed a limited number of fans back for the first time for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in July.

Here’s a look at the rest of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule:

  • Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Aug. 29

This schedule will be followed by the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs featuring the top 16 drivers at the end of the season.

The NASCAR playoffs Round of 16 is set for Sept. 6 in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Sept. 12 in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, and Sept. 19 in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Round of 12 will go Sept. 27 in the South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 4 in the YellaWood 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway, and Oct. 11 in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

The Round of 8 is set for Oct. 18 in the Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway, Oct. 25 in the Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, and Nov. 1 in the Xfinity 500 at the Martinsville Speedway.

Finally, the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 4 — or NASCAR Cup Series Championship — is set for Nov. 8 at Phoenix Raceway.

IndyCar

The Indianapolis 500, or Indy 500, is the premier race in the IndyCar Series and usually runs annually on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The race is run over 500 miles or 200 laps.

The 2020 Indianapolis 500 was moved to Aug. 23 as the entire IndyCar Series schedule was altered due to the pandemic.

Olympics

Summer Games

The 2020 Summer Olympics were originally to be held in Tokyo between July 24 and Aug. 9. The Olympics were moved to July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, due to COVID-19, marking the first time for a Summer Olympics to be postponed.

Winter Games

The next Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from Feb. 4-20, 2022, in Beijing. They will be China’s first Winter Olympics.

Beijing will be the first to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics after hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics. Several venues built for the 2008 Summer Games are being reused, including Beijing National Stadium as the venue for the ceremonies.

Rugby

Major League Rugby

North America’s professional rugby union championship generally runs from February to the end of June. The 2020 season included twelve teams, 11 from the US and one from Canada.

The season started on Feb. 8 but it was suspended in March, and the league said play would not resume until 2021.

  • Gallagher Premiership Rugby: The 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season was suspended in March 2020, but is scheduled to resume in August.
  • National Rugby League: Australia and New Zealand’s top men’s rugby league season usually runs from March to October. The 2020 season began on schedule, but Round 2 matches were played in empty stadiums. The NRL suspended the season indefinitely on March 23. However, the season restarted on May 28 with a 20-round competition. The NRL Grand Final is now set for Oct. 25.
  • Betfred Super League: The 2020 Super League XXV season began in January, but the season was suspended in March. The league is currently considering an August return and modifying the schedule to include anywhere from two to 28 games and a Grand Final at the end of November, mid-December or mid-January 2021.
  • Super Rugby: The 2020 season was suspended in March. In May, New Zealand Rugby announced it would be replacing the 2020 season with a Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, involving the five New Zealand teams. It started on June 13. Rugby Australia is also replacing the 2020 season with the Super Rugby AU involving the four Australian teams. It started June 3.

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 23 to Nov. 27 in England. It will include 16 international teams.

The 2023 Rugby World Cup

The 2023 Rugby World Cup (rugby union) is scheduled for Sept. 8 to Oct. 21 in France. Twenty international teams will compete.

Soccer

MLS

Major League Soccer is the top pro soccer league in the US and Canada. The regular season began on Feb. 29, 2020, and had been scheduled to run through Oct. 4, with the playoffs in October 2020 and the MLS Cup 2020 final on Nov. 7. Play was suspended in March.

However, MLS announced in June that it would return with a tournament format at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World, Florida. The tournament began July 8 and hosted a final on Aug. 11.

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EPL

The 2019-20 English Premier League season began in August 2019 and was scheduled to finish on June 1 before all professional football in England was suspended. The season resumed on June 17. The season wrapped up with games on July 22, 23 and 26.

Champions League

The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League was suspended during the round of 16. The plan was to host the final in Turkey on May 30, 2020, but the final was postponed.

In June, the league announced the Champions League would return with an altered tournament schedule to be held exclusively in Portugal, without fans, from Aug. 7 to Aug. 23. The tournament will feature single legged ties except for the round of 16 matches where a first leg has already been played. The final would be played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League is set to go ahead with qualifying in August and September 2020 and the traditional 32 team competition running Oct. 20, 2020, through May 29, 2021. Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul will now host the 2021 final.

Here’s a look at the revised 2019-20 UEFA Champions League schedule:

  • Aug. 18-19: UEFA Champions League semifinals
  • Aug. 23: UEFA Champions League final

La Liga

Spain’s top soccer league started its 2019-20 season in August 2019. It was set to finish in May 2020, but the season was suspended in March. La Liga resumed on June 11 with matches played through July 13. The final two rounds of the season were played on July 16 and July 19.

The 2020-21 La Liga season will start on Sept. 12, 2020, and is scheduled to run through May 23, 2021.

Bundesliga

The 2020-21 Bundesliga season is set to start on Sept. 18, 2020, and run through May 22, 2021. The schedule has been changed from the original Aug. 21 to May 15 configuration.

Serie A

Serie A returned June 20 with a plan to finish the season with 124 matches over 43 days through Aug. 2.

Euro 2020

The UEFA European Championship (Euro 2020) has been moved from 2020 to 2021. It was scheduled to take place across Europe from June 12 to July 12, 2020. It has been rescheduled to June 11 to July 11, 2021.

Copa America

The 2020 Copa America South American football championship was set to take place in Colombia and Argentina from June 11 to July 12, 2020. It was rescheduled to June 11 to July 11, 2021.

NWSL

The 2020 National Women’s Soccer League regular season was scheduled to start in the US in April and run through Oct. 18, with the top four teams advancing to the NWSL playoffs, which would have included two semifinal matches on Nov. 8 and the 2020 NWSL Championship on Nov. 14.

The season start was delayed during the preseason match schedule. In May, the league announced it would return with a 25-game 2020 Challenge Cup tournament from June 27 to July 26 in Utah. The NWSL canceled the 2020 regular season and playoffs.

World Cup 2022

The next World Cup is the 2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled for November through December of that year in Qatar. The World Cup is almost always held in May, June or July.

However, it will be played over 28 days at the end of the year in Qatar in 2022, with a final scheduled for Dec. 18.

Read more: Soccer Betting in NJ

Tennis

In 2020, almost every Grand Slam was impacted by COVID-19. Here’s how:

  • Australian Open: Novak Djokovic (men’s) and Sofia Kenin (women’s) won the 2020 Australian Open in January. The 2021 Australian Open is scheduled for Jan. 18-31 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.
  • French Open: The 2020 French Open was scheduled for May 24-June 7. It has been rescheduled for Sept. 27-Oct. 11 at Roland-Garros in Paris.
  • Wimbledon: Wimbledon was scheduled for June 29-July 12, 2020, at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London. It was canceled. Wimbledon is next scheduled for June 28-July 11, 2021.
  • US Open: The 2020 US Open was scheduled for Aug. 24-Sept. 13 at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York. It is now scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 13 without fans in attendance. It will be the first major tennis sport event since the pandemic began. The 2020 US Open will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.

ATP

The 2020 ATP Tour men’s pro tennis circuit saw several tournaments suspended or postponed due to COVID-19. In June 2020, the ATP released a revised 2020 calendar for the resumption of play starting Aug. 24, and wrapping up with the finals on Nov. 16.

WTA

The 2020 WTA Tour women’s pro tennis circuit saw several tournaments suspended or postponed due to the pandemic. The tour is set to resume in August with the season wrapping up on Nov. 23 with the Guangzhou Open in Guangzhou, China.

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