Blockbuster 2020 Sporting Events Beyond the Tokyo Summer Olympics



We’re about three-quarters of the way through the calendar year 2019, so it’s time to have some 2020 vision. Looking ahead at the 2020 sporting calendar, obviously the biggest blockbuster is the next summer olympiad, this time in Tokyo, Japan.

And we’ll cover the summer games in a bit, but before July 24, 2020 (the day the olympics begin, ending on August 9) arrives, we have quite a few brand name, big events to discuss, so let’s dive right in.

2020 London Marathon

Since 1981, the London Marathon has been run every spring and the next race will take place on April 26. The course, which traditionally includes London Bridge, will about 36,000 competitors from all over the world and various levels of skill and experience. That’s a factor you need to consider when doing 2020 London Marathon betting. In order to bet on the race, you must have an account with a UK bookmaker. Bettors aren’t the only people winning money that day.

For the masters division (runners 40 and older), the first place man and woman each get $10,000. Each category receives $5,000 for second place, $2,500 for third, $1,500 for fourth, and $1,000 for fifth. Elite race men’s winners, the fastest of the overall entire field, typically clock in at a few minutes above two hours.


Super Bowl LIV

The 54th Super Bowl will decide the National Football Football league champion for the league’s 2019 and 100th season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

It’s on Groundhog Day, and the theme of that movie, constant repetition, certainly applies here. Fatigue for the New England Patriots is higher than ever, and they don’t show any signs of going away any time soon. They have long been considered the NFL’s primary villains by most, but now, in signing malcontent Antonio Brown, they have gone full on Imperial DeathStar black hat wearers.

That’s great for ratings though, as many will turn in to see who could possibly stop them from the NFC, should they reach the NFL title game yet AGAIN!

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2020 European Championships

So many ways to go in terms of picking a winner in the Euros. Last summer, at the 2018 World Cup, we had an all European final four. France beat Croatia in the final while Belgium beat England in the third place game. There is no reason to believe we’ll see any kind of major drop-off from any of those sides next summer.

England is on the rise with a young talented core while Belgium is still in the midst of their golden generation. Luka Modric (Croatia) will be looking to get that silverware he was denied in the title game last summer while Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba (France) are seeking additions to their trophy cases.

Don’t forget the last three World Cup winners entering 2018, as all of them (Italy 2006, Spain 2010, Germany 2014) are European. All three nations will enter this tournament with something to prove.

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2020 Summer Olympics

All kinds of storylines to watch in Tokyo next summer. Will disgraced swimmer Ryan Lochte make a comeback at age 35? Is men’s basketball actually going to be competitive now that Team USA has shown some vulnerabilities? How about women’s beach volleyball- can the A-team of April Ross and Alex Klinneman keep their juggernaut going? 

Between now and next summer, we’ll have plenty of time to cover all these topics and more.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

You can follow Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago on Twitter here and his cat on Instagram at this link.

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