Finally, there are some interesting betting lines up on the boards at some of the online sportsbooks covering 2020 Vegas election odds.
For the longest time, with coronavirus and protests and riots burning bright, these bookmakers were all but snuffed out, letting the betting markets stagnate with obvious stuff like odds on Biden vs. Trump at the polls or which female Vice President candidate will get the nod from Uncle Joe. Yawn…
Now, however, BetOnline has finally come out swinging, doing what it normally does best – offering edgy odds on a host of Vegas political props that intersect with entertainment and popular culture. Below are our favorites from the new batch of betting odds.
2020 Political Props
Will the Texas Rangers change their team name?
- No -1600
- Yes +750
There are those arguing that the Texas Rangers – the MLB team named after the actual legal institution called the Texas Rangers (which still exists to this day) – must change their name due to their participation in some nebulous past era of newfound outrage.
The Rangers were racist against Mexicans during the Mexican Revolution. Or something. This one seems like a stretch, and we’re taking the “No.”
Will the Masters change its tournament name?
- No -2500
- Yes +1000
Guffaws and LOLs! No.
The Masters has no connection to slavery, except for its geographic location in Georgia. The term “master” is not derived of racial superiority – it is derived of superiority of craft.
What’s next, the NBA getting rid of the “Most Valuable Player” award? After all, human beings were historically assigned “value” at selling posts during the height of the Western slave trade.
Take the “No” on this one, betting via mobile from your master bedroom or master bath.
Will the Washington Redskins change their team name?
- No -2000
- Yes +700
This is the money bet, right here.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly defended the use of his team’s name (and most Native American tribes are on record for not giving a **** about it one way or the other), but with the NFL’s newfound commitment to Colin Kaepernick and woke politics, there seems to be little way for the team to keep its moniker without it becoming a permanent distraction.
At +700, take the “Yes” all day.
Next up: The Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys killed Indians sometimes, so we’ve been told. That’s problematic.
Will Yale University change its school name?
- No -3300
- Yes +1200
Elihu Yale was either a wealthy trader and abolitionist or a vile racist who traded human beings like cattle. We’re not sure, and neither are historians.
This uncertainty may give the university enough plausible deniability to get out of having to re-brand itself to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, so the “No” seems like a solid gamble here.
Next artist to ask the Trump Administration to cease using their song(s):
- Phil Collins -150
- Bruce Springsteen +100
- The Who +600
- AC/DC +800
How are any of these people still around? Also, maybe don’t give up your publishing rights if you don’t want your publisher leasing those rights to clients you can’t personally pick and choose. Our money’s on Springsteen, but our money’s not anywhere near this prop.
Will Donald Trump not post an original tweet for 168 straight hours?
- No -600
- Yes +350
Seems unlikely, so we’re taking the “No.”
The longest Trump has gone without tweeting at all was 46 hours in 2017, and with a whole PR team running his account these days, it seems unlikely that the POTUS won’t have something original to say for an entire week.
We’re honestly not sure where the speculation for this prop even came from.
Will Donald Trump create a Parler account?
- Yes -300
- No +200
Parler is an alternative to Twitter predicated on free speech instead of heavy-handed censorship.
While Gab has been around for much longer, Parler is getting far more press – and is a far more likely landing sport for DJT – because you can actually download a Parler app for iPhone and Android. Gab has been blacklisted from both of those platforms.
As a result, if Trump wants to leave the bluebird, Parler – with its 1.5 million users – seems like a logical destination.
Parler isn’t a publicly traded company, but if Trump pivots and company stock is available, you can expect a far bigger payout there than you’d be able to get wagering on the above line.
Will the Trump Administration stop advertising with Facebook?
- No -2000
- Yes +700
Not a chance in the world.
The Trump campaign has nothing to lose by publishing with Facebook, even with the latter’s documented leftist bent and active censorship of conservative content.
Why? Because if the ads run, hundreds of millions of people see them. And if they don’t, that becomes a Trump TV and radio commercial about big tech censorship. It’s a win-win.
While we’re still disappointed that BetOnline isn’t offering odds on whether or not the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, DC – which shows a freed slave getting up to stand beside Abraham Lincoln – will be torn down or not.
That ironic desecration is scheduled for tonight at 7:00 PM, and it seems like perfect fodder for a betting line or three.
Also, a Mt. Rushmore prop is pretty obvious right now, so we’re surprised not to see that one looming out across the online gambling landscape.
Still, it’s nice to see something other than Biden and Trump odds on the boards, and state electoral lines have become more than mundane over the last few weeks. Will there be a contested convention? Will Trump get the heave-ho from Twitter? Etc.
Remember, not all Vegas election betting sites offer such odds. In fact, Bovada – the biggest political wagering outlet for American bettors – rarely stirs the pot, and MyBookie seems to be about 50-50.
Of course, that’s just another reason to sign up at several different sites, because shopping lines is the best way for bettors across the political spectrum to get the most for their money.