Kent Tukeli covers a wide variety of sports and entertainment events, specializing in the analysis of North American sports markets. His work has appeared in ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and dozens of sites worldwide over the past decade.
After a labor dispute threatened to derail the entire season, a deal was reached on November 24th between the owners and the players of the National Lacrosse League. Better late than never, the season begins on December 15th, with sports betting sites listing the SaskatchewanRush as favorites to win their fourth title over the past half-decade. The Rush represent the best of Canadian lacrosse: Toronto and Calgary struggle to regain past glory, while Vancouver attempts to finish above .500 for the first time in franchise history.
As annual eSports revenue breaks the billion-dollar barrier globally, Canada looks to catch up with established powerhouses like South Korea, the United States and China. Soon, the best Fortnite, CS:GO, LoL and Overwatch players on the west coast will have an eSports stadium of their own. The Gaming Stadium will open its doors in early Spring, becoming the first Canadian eSports facility dedicated to elite digital combat.
As the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos nears, rumors intensify for the return of The ‘Spos to La Belle Province. The first Canadian team in the MLB lost their franchise when the league allowed the team to move to Washington - but baseball never went out of style in Montreal, with exhibition games constantly selling out at the crumbling Olympic Stadium. Stephen Bronfman, son of former Expos owner Charles, remains cautiously optimistic for a new era of Montreal Expos baseball.
The holiday footie season kicks off with a terrific slate of matches on Boxing Day, including the finest sides in the Premier League. Recent turbulence for clubs like Manchester City has lead to sports betting sites offering superb odds for bettors looking to profit from a solid favorite. Liverpool looks to overwhelm Newcastle on the road, Arsenal faces a struggling Brighton and Fulham hosts the Wolves, rounding out the best deals for EPL boxing day picks.
One of the most anticipated holiday traditions of the year, Christmas Day in the NBA features outstanding matchups all afternoon and night, including many of the most exciting stars in the association. The 2018 edition of Xmas basketball includes five matches in the slate, beginning in New York with the Knicks against the Bucks. The marquee matchup for those betting on NBA games will feature LeBron and the Lakers against Curry and the Warriors. Our NBA Power Rankings is another feature that should help you place your wager.
Canada qualified for the 2018 Men's Field Hockey World Cup with a solid performance at the hockey world league competition, which included a shocking win over India's highly-touted crew. Most sports betting sites list Canada as longshots to make an impact against favorites like Australia, a team with two consecutive world cup titles. The quest for a best-ever world cup result for Canadian men begins on November 28th in Bhubaneswar, India.
A disappointing vote will prevent Calgary from hosting the winter Olympics in 2026, so Canada will now focus on beating the world at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. The Canadians dominated the 2010 winter games in Vancouver, finishing on top of the gold medal and overall medal count for the first time in the nation's history. Early odds from sports betting sites list Canada as one of the favorites to emerge on top of the world in 2022 in Beijing.
The road to the 2018 CFL Grey Cup continues on Sunday, November 18th with the eastern and western division finals. After a big win over the Lions, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats travel to meet the division-leading Redblacks in Ottawa. Out west, the CFL-best Calgary Stampeders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who overcame a 53-year curse to finally win a playoff game in Regina. Sports betting sites show the Stampeders as favorites, but the Blue Bombers resilience make them an attractive underdog to win the west.
If you watch Canadian sports channels, you’ll notice a new commercial on high rotation promoting a familiar service. An ad which shows Spin Palace and their gaming platform has been making waves, reintroducing Canadians to a worldwide, online brand which rivals popular services. The commercial offers free access to award-winning digital gaming technology, with the option of joining SpinPalace.net online sportsbook, which provides betting bonuses that rival the best sports betting sites.