A recent COVID-19 outbreak has swept the NFL, causing the league to postpone a trio of this weekend’s games. If you had a wager on any of these games before kickoff changed days, now may be a good time to check the COVID NFL sportsbook rules for your app/site. While some operators will honor bets, others will void them due to the length of the postponement.
The league rescheduled the matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders from Saturday, Dec. 18 to Monday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. ET. The NFL also postponed the Washington – Eagles game, as well as the Rams – Seahawks matchup.
New schedule for weekend games
Originally, the NFL did not plan to allow for any postponements this season, saying forfeits would be an option for teams that couldn’t play. That no longer appears to be the case after new agreements with the players’ union.
Raiders at Browns
As of Friday morning, the Browns roster had 24 players on the COVID reserve, including starting QB Baker Mayfield and backup Case Keenum.
The matchup for the Browns vs. Raiders was originally scheduled for Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET. The teams will now play on Monday at 5 p.m. ET before the regularly-scheduled MNF game between the Vikings and the Bears.
Washington Football Team at Eagles
The second game to get postponed out of the trio was the Washington Football Team vs. Eagles. The Washington COVID reserve list has 21 players on it, as of Friday evening. The league has moved this game to Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX.
Seahawks at Rams
The Rams were another team ravaged by the latest COVID-19 outbreak. As of Friday, the team had 25 players ineligible to take the field. This game will also be played on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX. It will also be available on NFL Sunday Ticket.
What happens to your bets after NFL COVID-19 Postponements?
When it comes to how sportsbooks handle postponements, every legal online operator has different rules. Here’s how your bet will stand at the following:
BetMGM Sportsbook told TheLines it will allow customers to decide how to proceed with bets on the postponed games. The operator stated on social media that for users that made the bets before the date changes, bets will stand.
However, customers can cancel these bets upon request.
According to PointsBet‘s house rules, bets on this trio of games would be considered void due to the postponement being longer than 24 hours. Their terms and conditions state:
- Subject to any specific sports rule to the contrary, where an event which is scheduled to be completed within one day is not completed within 24 hours of the day on which it was scheduled to be completed, all bets on that event shall be void.
If you wagered with FanDuel Sportsbook on any of these games, your bets will stand. The sportsbook recently tweeted that all bets are actionable for the postponed games. The house rules state that rescheduled games played within a week of the original date remain active.
If you wagered with Caesars Sportsbook, you are in the same boat as FanDuel customers. The sportsbook’s rules state all games must be held within a week of the regularly-scheduled date to be considered action. Therefore, your bets remain as-is with Caesars’ COVID NFL sportsbook rules.
TheLines also reached out to DraftKings Sportsbook. “Per house rules, bets will stand,” a DK rep said about its COVID NFL sportsbook rules. Any Week 15 NFL bets from the postponed games made at DraftKings should still be in your account.
If you no longer want your bet, but it was placed at a sportsbook that is keeping the wager active, check your bet slip/active bets in your account to see if a cash out option for the full amount of your bet is available. This also may be an option.
When it comes to wagering on sports, especially with different operators, make sure you understand each book’s house rules.
While some may allow for special recourse in certain situations, it is important to know what happens to your bets in situations like these. If you are still unsure, reach out to the sportsbooks’ customer service team for clarity.