Michigan sports fans were rocked in 2018 when the state not only failed to land an MLS expansion team but also failed to approve a new law that would have legalized MLS betting statewide. Luckily, the Wolverine State will get a chance at a redo in 2019.
Detroit has long attempted to land an MLS expansion team but lost out once again last year when the league granted its newest expansion team to Austin, Texas. Detroit is trying to land the league’s 28th expansion team once again this year.
Along with Detroit’s efforts, Michigan state lawmakers are planning to once again pass a law legalizing online sports betting after a surprise veto derailed their efforts last year. The state Senate voted 33-5 and the state House voted 71-35 to approve a bill that would have allowed the state’s existing casinos to launch online sportsbooks after the Supreme Court paved the way by lifting a decades-long ban on all sports betting outside of Nevada. Outgoing Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bill in a surprise move as one of his final acts in office but has since been replaced by new Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who lawmakers are optimistic will sign off on the bill.
Once the widely-supported bill is approved, any adult over 21 that is located inside the state would be able to get their MLS betting fix right from the comfort of their own home on any computer or mobile device. If you are eager to get a head start, here is a quick primer on MLS odds.
How Do MLS Odds Work?
MLS betting differs slightly from other sports, where much of the action is placed on the point spread, or a varying margin of victory that the favorite team must win by in order to “cover” or win the bet. Since soccer has much lower scoring, sometimes no scoring at all, most MLS bets are placed on the moneyline.
The moneyline is the ratio of your initial bet to the possible payout. In each game, the favorite is marked with a minus sign and the underdog is marked with a plus sign. So if Columbus is a -230 favorite, you would have to wager $230 to win $100. But if Minnesota is a +180 underdog, your $100 bet would win you $180 if they win the upset.
You can also bet on the total or “over/under,” which allows you to wager on whether the final combined goal total will be higher or lower than the projected goal total set by each sportsbook.
Many online sportsbooks will also allow you to place futures bets, which are season-long wagers that can pay off in a big way. Futures bets allow you to bet on many different outcomes, like which player will lead the league in goals or which team will allow the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference.