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Why the sports betting world can survive without college football this fall – VSiN

As a doomsday scenario for the college football season begins to develop, there is widespread fear and panic. If there are no Nick Saban sightings this fall, it might seem like the end of the world in Alabama.

In a race against the clock, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is helping to unify players from Power 5 conferences in an attempt to rescue the 2020 season from the ruins of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a two-minute drill of sorts, and Lawrence is an underdog.
What was feared all summer is becoming reality — college football Saturdays could be a lost cause.
But with a long list of major sporting events already eliminated or postponed, bookmakers from Nevada to New Jersey are past the shockwave phase of what has happened and well into the planning phase of what the sportsbook business could look like in a different world. The absence of college football would be painful but far from financially crippling.
“We are going to take a hit if college football is not played this fall, but it’s probably not as big as some people believe,” Westgate SuperBook vice president Jay Kornegay said. “We expect a lot of the college money to flow over to the pro side.”
With sportsbooks facing a potential revenue problem, a major increase in NFL wagering is the most likely solution.
Consensus opinion is the books can survive without college football. The question no one wants to face is this: What if there’s no NFL season?
“I think there is a possibility