Bundesliga Could Become ‘Das Held’ (The Hero) For Colorado’s Online Sportsbooks

Posted By Derek Helling on May 7, 2020

Germany’s government has given the green light to resume matches without spectators physically in attendance later this month to the top level of club soccer in the country. In response, Colorado’s legal online sportsbooks will likely rush to get Bundesliga betting markets live.

Bundesliga is one of the premier club soccer leagues in the world, counting fans in the millions around the globe. It may add some more fans in the United States to that number shortly.

Why Bundesliga betting might become all the rage soon

Bundesliga’s status as one of the world’s top soccer flights is unquestionable. Its clubs employ some of the best talent in the men’s game around the world, and each year, its best four clubs enjoy spots in the men’s UEFA Champions League.

Because of that popularity, wagering on Bundesliga matches and other events related to the league is popular in European destinations that allow for it. US markets like Colorado could soon join that fray.

Colorado’s Gaming Commission already allows licensed operators to set markets on Bundesliga action. There won’t be any regulatory delay for operators.

Although there isn’t an official schedule for resumed play yet, it looks as though that will happen later this month. Potential dates for various clubs include May 15, May 22 and May 29.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed a desire for all players and staff to quarantine for 14 days prior to taking the pitch. Additionally, the clubs need time to arrange all the necessary elements for matches.

That also gives sportsbooks in places like CO time to handicap contests and post odds. There’s no reason why interested CO bettors shouldn’t start to size up their prospects now either.

Perhaps the most important reason for that is the relative lack of North American major sports right now. Bundesliga is ready to fill that gap for bettors and fans.

Where to find important information on Bundesliga

Many US sport media outlets dedicate coverage to international men’s soccer. Bundesliga rightfully earns a place in that coverage for companies like ESPN and Yahoo Sports. It’s essentially “Germany’s NFL.”

If you would like to go straight to the source and German isn’t among the languages you can easily read, Bundesliga does have an English-language website. Perhaps the best place to find online coverage of Bundesliga in English is BBC Sport, however.

Between all those resources, bettors should be able to find all the information they need to handicap matches and futures markets. This may represent a great opportunity for such gamblers.

It’s unclear right now how many resources CO sportsbook operators will devote to handicapping Bundesliga matches. How much expertise they have in that regard is also uncertain. That means if you devote the effort and time to that end yourself, you may be able to approach the matches with a better model than the books.

The race is now on for CO sportsbooks to get Bundesliga markets live. It may provide a great boost to handle for them and entertainment options for Coloradans all over the state.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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