Depending on where you live in the United States, the weather may be starting to heat up, signaling a start to summer sports and events. Though some may argue there’s not a lot going on in terms of sports, there’s more than fans may realize.
Following is a countdown of the top 10 sporting events to look forward to this summer, in order from least to most exciting.
After a long offseason of not watching football, it finally returns in early August. Though the preseason doesn’t bring as much excitement as the real deal as players try to avoid injuries and teams figure out their lineup, the return of the game does offer football fans the chance to draft their fantasy teams while enjoying some meaningless football as well.
Not long after the NBA Finals concludes does the NBA Draft start in June, with hopefuls waiting to hear their names called. Although fans typically know by Draft Day who will be called No. 1, it is still exciting to see how the selections shake out, what suits players show up in, if your favorite college player ends up getting his name called, and whatever else may happen.
Though horse racing may not be the first thing people think of when it comes to sports, the Belmont Stakes in June is said to be the most challenging of the Triple Crown series and also the most unpredictable, making it a good betting race. With the Kentucky Derby kicking off the Triple Crown series and the Preakness Stakes following, both in May, the Belmont Stakes provides an exciting end if a horse has the possibility to win all three legs.
Tour de France
The annual bike race through France commences at the start of July. Taking place over the course of three weeks, the race features 21 stages and four countries. This year, the Tour will include six flat, seven hill and six mountain stages as well two individual time trial stages and will go through Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and France. With last year’s race including an individual interrupting the race with her sign and causing a pileup, who knows what this year will bring.
Golf takes center stage in the summer with the four majors kicking off in April, and the U.S. Open in June is no different, with both professionals and amateurs allowed to qualify. With some considering it the most difficult tournament, a new course plays host to the U.S. Open each year, with The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, getting the nod in 2022. Although both are more of a long shot this year, with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson submitting their entries into the field, the tournament will be intriguing.
The most prestigious Grand Slam tournament returns in late June. With Novak Djokovic able to play despite his COVID-19 vaccination status, he will now have a chance to defend his title. However, as organizers banned Russian and Belarusian players, men’s No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who won the US Open, and women’s No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka, won’t be competing, among others.
MLB All-Star Game
The MLB All-Star Game comes around in July, with Dodger Stadium playing host to this year’s event. Even though some players duck out, many take part. On top of that, viewers can also tune into the Home Run Derby the day before to get a teaser.
Champions League Final
The final on May 28 will bring an end to the Champions League tournament, with Liverpool and Real Madrid facing off. With Liverpool making their way into the Final after a second-half comeback in the semifinal, the Reds reach their third in five years and have a chance to secure the quadruple title. Though soccer tends to be more of a European sport, the Champions League and soccer in general is gaining popularity in the U.S., and this match is one fans won’t want to miss.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs
It seems strange to have ice hockey still going on in the summer, but the NHL reaches its peak in June when the playoffs determine the winner of the coveted Stanley Cup. With so much that can happen in a hockey game, from wild overtime games, crazy goals as well as the occasional fight, it’s no wonder why so many people tune in to watch the playoffs.
One of the most exciting events on this list is the NBA Finals in early June. The Playoffs are already generating buzz with some exciting matchups and storylines, and narrowing it to the final teams will only increase that. Last year’s Bucks-Suns Finals matchup went to six games and ultimately saw Milwaukee get its second title after 50 years.
This is just the Top 10 events taking place in sports this summer, remember NASCAR, motorsports, UFC and boxing are all also on the calendar frequently in the summer months. Not only will all of these events keep sports fans busy over the summer, but the best part is BetUS.com will have all the betting lines for the upcoming events for fans to place their bets.