Olympics Wagering? You Bet

June 13, 2024 by Staff

One of the more exciting things added to this year's Olympics is the wide-ranging opportunity to wager on the various sports.

Be sure to check out today's 2024 Olympics Futures betting odds on which country will win the most Gold. The USA is currently favored (-550), followed by China (+470) with every other country trailing by a mile. To give you an idea of how far back they are trailing, the UK (+4100) is third and Japan (+5500) is fourth.

Stay up to date with the latest wagering news and options at FanDuel.

How big are this year's Olympics? Big enough to cause the Tour de France to change its route. Because the Summer Games will be taking over Paris starting on July 26, the world's most famous cycling race will relocate its traditional finish from Paris to Nice on July 21. The race begins on June 29. The Olympics begin on July 26.

Athletes from around the globe will be competing in 45 different events that feature such popular team sports as men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's basketball. There are X-Games sports like skateboarding, BMX freestyle and BMX racing. Multiple medals will be handed out in swimming and diving, and other aquatic sports. There's also Volleyball (beach and indoor), boxing, .rowing, sailing, and a whole lot more.

In addition to climbing, skateboarding, and surfing, which had their grand premiere in Tokyo in 2021, Paris 2024 will include breakdance among its additional sports.

Here is the complete list.

  1. 3X3 Basketball
  2. Archery
  3. Artistic Gymnastics
  4. Artistic Swimming
  5. Athletics
  6. Badminton
  7. Basketball
  8. Beach Volleyball
  9. Boxing
  10. Breaking
  11. Canoe Slalom
  12. Canoe Sprint
  13. Cycling BMX Freestyle
  14. Cycling BMX Racing
  15. Cycling Mountain Bike
  16. Cycling Road
  17. Cycling Track
  18. Diving
  19. Equestrian
  20. Fencing
  21. Football (Soccer)
  22. Golf
  23. Handball
  24. Hockey
  25. Judo
  26. Marathon Swimming
  27. Modern Pentathlon
  28. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  29. Rowing
  30. Rugby Sevens
  31. Sailing
  32. Shooting
  33. Skateboarding
  34. Sport Climbing
  35. Surfing
  36. Swimming
  37. Table Tennis
  38. Taekwondo
  39. Tennis
  40. Trampoline
  41. Triathlon
  42. Volleyball
  43. Water Polo
  44. Weightlifting
  45. Wrestling

Women's Basketball

Women's basketball drew unwanted, but not fully unwarranted criticism by omitting Caitlin Clark from the team. The process of determining the makeup of the team is usually a 2 or 3-year project because there are limited opportunities to practice. Clark did NOT protest her omission at all - after all, she is just a rookie and has no international experience. And the pool of players is extremely large for women's basketball as the WNBA is, by contrast to the NBA, a small concentration of over-the-top talent. But all of the hubbub did reportedly lead to her being added as one of the "alternates".

Per USA Basketball, the youngest players on the squad are a pair of 26-year-old guards - Sabrina Ionescu and Jackie Young. Clark is fresh out of college and is just 22 years and 4 months old. Five players are between 30 and 33, and 42-year-old Diana Taurasi will be making her sixth olympic games appearance for Team USA.

Only six of the 12 WNBA teams are represented on the roster. Four of those twelve players are from the two-time defending WNBA Champion Las Vegas Aces -- that's a full 1/3 of the team. Three others are from the Phoenix Mercury, while 2 are with the New York Liberty. One player each is currently active with the Minnesota Lynx, the Seattle Storm or the Connecticut Sun.

Not a single player made the roster from the Indiana Fever, which is Clark's team. Nor did any player make the team from the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Dallas Wings, L.A. Sparks or Washington Mystics.

  1. Sabrina Ionescu, Minnesota Lynx
    Height 6‐1
    Weight 183
    Age 27

  2. Kahleah Copper, Phoenix Mercury
    Height 6‐1
    Weight 155
    Age 29

  3. Chelsea Gray, Las Vegas Aces
    Height 5‐11
    Weight 170
    Age 31

  4. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
    Height 6‐9
    Weight 205
    Age 33

  5. Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty
    Height 5‐11
    Weight 165
    Age 26

  6. Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm
    Height 5‐10
    Weight 150
    Age 30

  7. Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
    Height 5‐8
    Weight 145
    Age 29

  8. Breanna Stewart, New York Liberty
    Height 6‐4
    Weight 170
    Age 29

  9. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
    Height 6‐0
    Weight 163
    Age 42

  10. Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun
    Height 6‐2
    Weight 190
    Age 32

  11. A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
    Height 6‐5
    Weight 197
    Age 27

  12. Jackie Young, Las Vegas Aces
    Height 6-0
    Weight 165
    Age 26

Watch the Olympics

The major events will be shown on NBC and Telemundo between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Olympics coverage will preempt all other shows. Other events will be carried on the USA Network, Golf Channel, CNBC, and E!. For Spanish speakers, check out Telemundo, and Universo.

NBC's streaming service, Peacock, is almost a must with so many events being either featured or supplemented on that outlet for as little as $19.95 for a year. With Peacock, you can stream all 329 medal events live. But you will have to get Peacock Premium + to store anything in the cloud for later playback.

Per zdnet.com, you can watch many sports on NBC and Telemundo for free with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. You can also watch the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, some medal ceremonies, and highlights for free on the NBC Olympics website.

DirecTV Stream includes generous unlimited cloud DVR storage. With it, you can keep as many DVR recordings as you'd like for up to nine months.

Fubo plans come with unlimited cloud DVR space at no extra charge.

Hulu offers enhanced cloud DVR, increasing the available DVR storage from 50 hours to 200 hours. That should prove very handy for the Games.

One of the cheapest services is offered by Sling where the Blue package is just $45 per month to cover the main channels, and Sling's a la carte approach lets you add extra coverage if you want it.

By CNET's count, out of the top 100 live TV networks, YouTube TV offers the most channels, 78, of any streaming service. YouTubeTV's DVR is also outstanding. With it, you can record as many shows as you like

Again, we really suggest you check out zdnet.com for options and links. And keep in mind that all of these services are subject to packing and pricing changes.