This year looks like being another action-packed sporting summer, and for those of us that don’t want to miss a moment, some pretty tight scheduling is going to be required. While the casual sports fan might be happy to wait for the NFL season to kick off in September, the true enthusiast knows there’s gold to be found while the sun is high in the sky, and the only difficulty is keeping up with every game.
The Cricket World Cup
First of all let’s look at Merry England, which is hosting the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Cricket might be seen the world over as the quintessential English game, but in fact this is the first time the World Cup has been hosted by England since 1999, making it a priority occasion for the fans there. The ten-team tournament kicks off at the Oval with scheduled matches running at grounds around the country until 6th July. The semi-finals take place from the ninth to the eleventh, and then the final is at Lords on 14th July. In the US, the tournament will be broadcast by Willow TV.
The US Open
The major golfing championship takes place at Pebble Beach on June 13th-16th, and PA Sports Betting Online is busy taking wagers on who the winner is going to be. Defending champion Brooks Koepka remains the favorite at 6-1, followed by Dustin Johnson (7-1) and three times winner Tiger Woods, given odds of 14-1 even though it’s 11 years since his last open victory. Other contenders include Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose (both 16-1), and Jordan Spieth (18-1).
Golfing fans will also be looking out for the KPMG Women’s PGA championship (20th-23rd June) and the US Senior Open (27th-30th June).
The FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place in France from June 7th to July 7th, and the US are defending champions. They’re placed in Group F, alongside Thailand, Chile and Sweden, and play their first match on June 11th against Thailand. Once the 24 qualifying teams have played in their groups, the Round of 16 takes place from the 22nd to the 25th of June, followed by the quarter-finals (27th-29th June), the semi-finals (2nd-3rd July) and the final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon on July 7th.
CONCACAF Gold Cup
The scheduling is a definite bone of contention among US soccer fans, as the finals clash annoyingly with the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which the US are also defending their championship title. Their first match is on June 18th against Guyana, and the quarter-finals take place on the 29th and 30th of June. The semis (2nd-3rdJuly) and the final (July 7th at Soldier Field, Chicago) are exact clashes with the FIFA finals, and will be broadcast on Fox Sports in the US.
With the NBA draft on June 20th, the NHL entry draft on June 21st-22nd and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 9th, not to mention the Little League World Series (August 16th-25th), we’d say that’s more than enough to keep you busy. So cancel that vacation and stay tuned to your favorite sports channel instead!
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