Best Sports to Wager This Summer

Many sports bettors are left without anything to bet on in the summer. That’s true especially if they dislike betting on baseball’s seemingly never-ending grind. The NBA and NHL seasons are over and football is still a few months away. However, there are numerous summer betting options available. Here’s a look at the best sports to wager this summer. 

Key Points

– There are a number of sports to wager on in the summer months.

– Too many bettors incorrectly think taking the summer off from betting is a good idea.

Summer Football Among Best Summer Sports to Wager

The Canadian Football League (CFL) has been around for decades. The league begins play every June and continues throughout the summer. The season ends with the Grey Cup championship in late November. There are numerous ways for bettors to find Canadian football value.

The CFL has outlasted other summer football leagues like the now defunct AFL (Arena Football League) and UFL (United Football League). The XFL resurrected itself and began play in February. The league will play its championship game in April and be done long before summer.

Another league that will be reborn is the USFL (United States Football League). The league starts play in April and will continue through the early part of the summer. Both the USFL and CFL give football bettors a chance to bet on their favorite sport during the summer.

There won’t be as many markets available, but bettors can wager on the traditional markets – moneyline, point spread, and totals. Alternate lines and possibly some props bets may also be available. There won’t be as wide a selection of bets as on the NFL or college football, but there will be a number of good wagers available.


Best Sports to Wager – WNBA

From early June until October, the 12 teams that make up the WNBA complete their regular season and postseason. Even though women’s basketball may not be the most compelling sport to watch, many serious gamblers enjoy wagering on the league. 

WNBA odds are generous. The league’s statistics are well-maintained and accessible to bettors. Each season, games are comparatively predictable too. A few teams seem to dominate the competition. It’s something that smart bettors can use to their advantage when they bet during the summer. 

Betting Golf Majors…and Minors

Three major championships in golf are played between the conclusion of the NBA season and the beginning of the NFL season. The U.S. Open is held every June. July brings the British Open and August offers bettors the PGA Championship. 

Even though those events are among the best summer sports to wager on, too many bettors forget that there are plenty of other opportunities to bet on smaller golf tournaments during the summer. 

There is a PGA Tour event almost every weekend in the summer. These lesser-known tournaments offer some great betting opportunities for smart bettors. Golf is a sport often overlooked by oddsmakers. 

Odds are typically favorable to bettors. A betting favorite to win a tournament, for example, can often be found at odds of +350 to +1000. While preparing to bet on the golf majors, don’t forget about the other tournaments that are held throughout the summer.

Best Summer Sports to Wager – Tennis

The same goes for tennis. The most formal and oldest of the four Grand Slam competitions takes place in late June. Wimbledon is held every year at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. 

Opportunities can be found throughout the competition. Most often, value is found in the early rounds when players who were given seeds frequently don’t live up to them. Smart bettors can also find value in betting both the men’s and women’s competitions. 

The U.S. Open always starts on the last Monday in August and carries the summer sports season into fall, which begins in September. Like Wimbledon, the U.S. Open offers numerous betting opportunities, including those on the men’s and women’s competitions.

Auto Racing

There are many options for betting on auto racing in the summer. NASCAR is, by far, the most well-known in the American market. There are NASCAR races every weekend during the summer. Like golf, auto racing offers bettors a lot of value. 

Car racing betting markets are not as tight as those in the NFL and NBA. Bettors can find some real advantageous numbers when betting on NASCAR. That’s not all either.

Formula 1 racing is the most popular series in the world. Like NASCAR, F1 and Indy car racing offer consistent exciting action. There are numerous events throughout the summer. It presents multiple betting opportunities to bet during the summer months.


Betting on Soccer in the Summer

There are many options available if you enjoy the low-scoring action of soccer. If you are willing to invest the time and effort to learn about the league, the MLS season begins in March and runs until October. There are games almost every weekend. 

European leagues, like the English Premier League, also begin play in the late summer. Bettors can get a taste of soccer betting before getting back into NFL and college football betting. 

Soccer has some interesting markets and more than just the basic types of bets. Bettors will find wagers like the three-way moneyline and the BTTS (Both Teams to Score) wagers. The Asian handicap is a unique way to bet on soccer totals.

Betting at the Track

Last but certainly not least, do not forget betting at the track. After the Triple Crown concludes in early June, many people stop following the sport. That would be a mistake.

Smart bettors know that the best racing of the year occurs in the summer. The month-long meet at Saratoga is the jewel in the racing calendar. A fantastic summer event is also offered in Del Mar, which is near San Diego. 

Other states with significant races include West Virginia, Illinois, New Jersey, Kentucky, and Ontario in Canada. Major races are available every weekend, and throughout the summer, a great deal of competitive races take place every day.