Athletics: Types of events and how to bet on them
Athletics is arguably the oldest sport known to man that is still contested professionally today. There is documentary evidence that the Marathon began as a race to celebrate "The battle of Marathon" in Greece in 490BC, which would be some 2500 years ago. The show piece event of the Athletics calender is the modern day Olympics, traditionally held every four years, although there are World Championships, Commenwealth Games, Regional Games and Diamond League events providing betting opportunities all year round.
The Olympics were due to be held in Japan during 2020 but have been postponed until 2021 due to the Covid19 virus. This was a major blow for the Sport as their performance at the Olympics is what many athletes base their whole careers on. It is a truely global event with 204 countries competing and taking part in 35 different sport categories. It is financially a big deal too, although with roots in being an "amateur" competition, in 2016 the TV rights generated $2.8 billion!
What are the varieties of athletic events:
Athletics for the purpose of this article is all events which either start or finish inside the Olympic stadium, or inside an athletics track. The American term for this is "Track and Field"
What are the bet types:
American football is bet on mainly by Americans and so for cultural reasons the most common bets do not involve varied odds but instead have a predicted "spread" and you bet whether the total will be higher or lower than that spread. The odds available do also vary but the most commom is 1.91 on both sides.
For example you can bet on who will win the game if Team A have a +6.5 head start, the odds on that are 1.91. Or you can bet on Team B who start -6.5, the odds on that are also 1.91. As time goes on before the match starts the bookmakers will not alter the odds but instead they will move the spread.
As American football betting has become more popular in recent years in the UK some bookmakers do now offer traditional odds simply on who will win the game. These odds are known as either "match" or "moneyline" bets. Other popular bets can include player propositions, such as who will score the first touchdown or who will have the most completed passes, as well as team propositions such as will the total number of points scored in the game be more or less than X.
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