- A sports betting equinox is set to take place on October 21st with the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL all scheduled to play games on Thursday.
- This year’s sports betting equinox will be the 25th in history – after the first one took place in 1971 – and the sixth straight year with the occurrence.
CLEVELAND – October 21st will be a historic day in the sports world, as it will usher in the 25th “Sports Betting Equinox” in history.
The sports betting equinox is a fairly rare event in the sports world that happens when each of the major American professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL) compete on the same day.
For this year’s equinox, sports bettors will have a full slate to enjoy, featuring: the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns playing for Thursday Night Football; Game 5 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Braves; three regular-season NBA games; and a full 10-game schedule of NHL games. If that wasn’t enough, sports bettors will also be treated to four college football matchups. Online sportsbooks will have lines for each of these games, making Thursday one of the best days of the year to gamble on sporting events.
The sports equinox is an exclusively Fall event: the NHL and NBA seasons begin in the Fall, the NFL is in full swing, and the MLB’s postseason is taking place. The equinox is almost entirely dependent on the MLB playoffs’ scheduling, however – for example, if the Atlanta Braves had swept the Los Angeles Dodgers, there would be no sports equinox in 2021. Of the 25 sports equinoxes to take place in history, only three have taken place outside of October or November.
Though there have only been 25 sports equinoxes ever, there has been one each year since 2015. The first sports equinox took place in 1971, and the longest period without a sports equinox since 1971 was 26 years, from 1985-2001.
Gamblers should savor the buffet of sports events to wager on Thursday, as it doesn’t occur often.
Jerad is a new addition to the USAOnlineSportbooks.com writing team, writing about all things related to sports gambling. As an ex-college baseball player, he pairs a first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of high-level sports teams with years of experience successfully betting on many different sports in order to bring valuable insights to bettors. He also studied political science at UCF, equipping him with the knowledge to cover the political, legal, and legislative aspects of sports gambling.