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USFL opener set for April 16, with sportsbooks, set to offer odds on relaunch


The United States Football League relaunch is coming up very fast, with the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions set to kick off the league on April 16.

On March 1, DraftKings announced that it will be posting the lines for all USFL games in 2022, with many sportsbooks set to follow in the coming weeks. With a huge site like DK in, and Fox/NBC backing the league, there should be many announcements in March about wagering on the new league.

After such a successful National Football League betting campaign all around the country, most sportsbooks will look to continue that momentum into the new USFL, especially if Major League Baseball starts late.

Check back here to see the updated lines for the USFL opener.

Where can I watch the USFL?

  • NBC and Fox have multi-year rights deals with the USFL.
  • NBC Sports and Fox Sports will both air 22 games in 2022.
  • FOX will air 14 games, with nine more on NBC.
  • USA Network will air nine games, Fox Sports 1 will air eight, and four will be on the Peacock streaming site.

What teams will be playing in the new USFL?

There will be eight teams in the 2022 comeback season, but remember, all the games will be in Birmingham, Alabama. All eight will be teams from the first USFL, which has helped build the excitement around its return. 

  • Birmingham Stallions
  • Houston Gamblers 
  • Michigan Panthers (1983 USFL champions)
  • New Jersey Generals 
  • New Orleans Breakers
  • Philadelphia Stars (1984 and 1985, as Baltimore, USFL champions
  • Pittsburgh Maulers 
  • Tampa Bay Bandits 

The draft for the USFL has been held, and the futures odds on the relaunched league can be found below.

USFL Teams & Betting Odds 2022

TeamOdds to win USFL Championship
Michigan Panthers+325
Tampa Bay Bandits+450
Philadelphia Stars+500
New Jersey Generals+550
Birmingham Stallions+600
Houston Gamblers+600
Pittsburgh Maulers+600
New Orleans Breakers+650

Right now, DraftKings is the only site to announce that they will have betting lines for the USFL, but that is expected to change very quickly. Here is a quote from DraftKings in this story:

“We will be offering lines for when the USFL season begins in April. However, we still do not have confirmation of when and in which states these lines will be up. We are also still working on getting confirmation of which props will be offered,” said a DraftKings Sportsbook representative.