One of the best things about sports is unpredictability. You do not know what will happen this year, but thanks to the power of imagination you can predict anything.
So what will 2019 bring? You can learn more here but we will also take a look at some of the 10 sports predictions this year.
1. Sports betting will become commonplace at venues:
A large number of U.S. states are trying to legalize sports betting. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in May last year, the legalization of gambling has been a hot topic all over the world. 2019 is likely to see sports betting becoming more common. People are going to be more accepting of the practice, that is for sure. More and more states will try to remove the stigma associated with betting while laws are passed simultaneously to protect athletes and leagues.
There is also a chance that sports betting at venues might become an option if everything goes well. There will be a conflict between gamblers and regulating bodies at some point, but only time will tell who prevails.
2. The Major League Baseball might see a few changes:
If sports betting becomes fully legalized, the MLB will not have to worry about quickening the pace of play anymore. 2019 might see better performances from pitchers like Ken Giles, Nick Pivetta and others.
Their success in 2018 was limited, but it is expected that their talents will match up to their statistics this year. The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to continue the glory of their surprising 2018 season. The stadiums in Tampa Bay and Oakland still need attention, and MLB has to focus on them this year.
3. The NFL and its development:
With a marked increase in the salary cap, the players will be able to establish a more free and fun agency. The Jets are in a position where they will be able to spend the big bucks to get what they want. The Dallas Cowboys might keep their running back Ezekiel Elliott by offering him a significant contract extension.
As far as predictions go, the Chicago Bears are likely to improve their performance while the Cleveland Browns try to make a place for themselves. It is also probable that the Oakland Raiders might face more roster chaos in 2019.
Esports became a thing in 2018, but the trend will definitely go further in 2019. The NFL has not been open to the idea of esports till now, but there is a chance that they might adopt it by the end of this year.
4. The NBA assortment:
There is a lot of hype surrounding the NBA in 2019. There have been a large number of predictions, but nobody knows which ones are ultimately going to come true. It is likely that Kevin Durant will continue his run with the Golden State Warriors. One should also watch out for the fate of LeBron James and the Lakers because they might just have to beat out a few problems. The Chicago Bulls did not have a great 2018, but they are going to get up and get going in 2019 hopefully.
5. Tiger Woods and Serena Williams will make comebacks:
Both of them are spectacular sportspersons. In 2019, Tiger Woods will most likely win another major. After his surgeries, he managed to hold on to his flair last year when he competed. This year, he will go all out and win another championship through his merit. One also cannot discount Serena Williams when it comes to getting on the winning horse again. Her comeback fell short last year, but it is likely that she will make up for it this year.