Each Monday, our “What’s On Tap,” series will preview the week ahead in the world of sports betting. Come here for a summary of upcoming financial happenings, legislative and regulatory meetings, industry conferences, top games scheduled for the week, and much more. Also, check out our weekly review Get A Grip and Wide World of Gambling at US Bets for a look back at last week’s relevant news.
Monday, November 9
Winless Jets look for season’s first victory on MNF
The New York Jets enter Week 9 as the NFL’s only team without a win. Their opponent on Monday, the New England Patriots, have hit the skids with four straight losses for the first time since 2002. Something has to give on a balmy night in East Rutherford, N.J. Bill Belichick is 32-12 against the Jets as a head coach, including 31-11 with New England. If you think the Pats will win in dominating fashion, a same game parlay at FanDuel pays nearly 14/1. Patriots running back Damien Harris ran hard in a Week 8 loss to the Bills, with 16 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown.
- Harris Anytime Touchdown +155
- Harris Rushing Yards: Over 48.5 (-110)
- Cam Newton Passing Yards: Over 205 (-110)
- Patriots Alternate Spread -16.5 (+210)
Thursday, November 12
Tiger defends Green Jacket at The Masters
At long last, Tiger Woods will defend his green jacket 18 months after winning the 2019 Masters. For the first time, The Masters will be held in the autumn, seven months behind schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Woods, a five-time Masters champion, is a relative longshot to don the jacket for a second consecutive year. At DraftKings, Woods has odds of 30/1 to win The Masters. There are 13 golfers with lower odds to win the title. Woods has odds of 34/1 to win The Masters at FanDuel and odds of 40/1 to win the title at BetMGM. Woods is one win away from tying Jack Nicklaus for most career Masters’ titles, with six.
Tiger Woods' closing odds for each of his Masters wins:
2001: +150 (!!)
— Brandon DuBreuil (@CoversBD) November 9, 2020
Opening day of Sports Betting USA 2020
The first day of the digital conference kicks off with a keynote address from Naima Stevenson Starks, vice president of Law, Policy and Governance at the NCAA. Stevenson Starks will discuss how the NCAA continues to navigate the changing sports betting landscape. In October, PointsBet USA signed a five-year deal with the University of Colorado, one of the first in the nation between a major university and a sportsbook. Also last month, the NCAA announced that Las Vegas will host a regional in the Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament in 2023, marking the first time a tournament game will be played in Sin City. Other panels on Thursday will address topics ranging from the industry’s response to COVID-19 and tribal gaming’s transition to digital as well as data privacy and responsible gaming.
Friday, November 13
DraftKings expected to disclose ramped-up marketing spending in Q3
Last month, DraftKings offered a glimpse of its third quarter of 2020 when the company said it expects quarterly revenue for the three-month period to fall within a range of $131 million and $133 million. At the same time, DraftKings believes it spent anywhere between $200 million and $210 million in sales and marketing expenses, as the company expands its national ad campaign. It will come as little surprise if DraftKings CEO Jason Robins does not address last week’s report on alleged messenger betting involving the customer of a highly publicized $3 million parlay. Companies are typically hesitant to mention controversial topics on quarterly earnings calls unless the subject is material to their financial results for the most recent quarters. While DraftKings could face a considerable fine for any potential wrongdoing, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) may conduct a lengthy investigation that will not be resolved until 2021, at the earliest. A settlement between the two sides could also be bogged down by months of litigation.
All is not well between #DraftKings and its $3 million parlay bettor.
In fact, there's much more to the story.
— Sports Handle (@sports_handle) November 5, 2020
Final day of Sports Betting USA
Weeks after the launch of a retail sportsbook at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C., Monumental Sports & Entertainment CEO Ted Leonsis will provide an overview of the latest developments with the nation’s first in-stadium sportsbook at Friday’s keynote address. There are also panels on customer acquisition, the impact of sports betting on future media rights’ deals and one on how professional athletes view the evolving sports betting ecosystem at Friday’s conference.
Saturday, November 14
Notre Dame tries to avoid letdown vs. Boston College
The Irish outlasted top-ranked Clemson 47-40 in double-overtime on Saturday for the program’s first win against the nation’s No. 1 team since 1993. Notre Dame moved up two spots to the No. 2 before a trip to Chestnut Hill on Saturday. Ironically, enough, Notre Dame lost on a last-second field goal 27 years ago to Boston College, a week after defeating then-No. 1 Florida State in South Bend. Notre Dame opened as 14-point favorites.
Sunday, November 15
Final round of The Masters
Although there are a litany of value plays at The Masters, keep in mind that the tournament has been extremely chalky over the last decade. Since 2010, only three golfers — Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, and Charl Schwartzel — were ranked outside of the Top 25 in the Official World Golf Rankings during the week leading up to The Masters. In Schwartzel’s case, he ranked 29th in 2011. Heading into this week’s tournament in Augusta, Bryson DeChambeau is the slight favorite over Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson to win the Green Jacket. DeChambeau, the U.S. Open champion, has odds of +800 to emerge victoriously. Earlier this month, DeChambeau signed a multi-year deal with DraftKings. Beginning with The Masters, DeChambeau will wear the DraftKings’ logo.
Value plays for the 2020 Masters at DraftKings
- Justin Thomas 12/1
- Jason Day 33/1
- Matthew Wolff 33/1
- Rickie Fowler 66/1
- Abraham Ancer 70/1
- Cameron Champ 100/1
- Si Woo Kim 150/1
- Rafa Cabrera-Bello 250/1