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MLB Lockout Set to Delay Start of the Season: This Is How You Cope

If you are a keen baseball fan, then you might know all about the union dispute between the players and the MLB league that has led to a lockdown that has brought major league baseball to a halt.
The implications for the season remain unclear, but many fear delays to the spring training. This is how you cope as a baseball fan.

Based on the latest news from the negotiations, the players and the union are still far apart concerning key issues. That means that the lockout is extended, and the spring training is delayed. For baseball fans, this could mean delays to the entire season. So, what do you do while you wait?

There are more options than you think, especially if you are not scared of trying something new. Not only can you watch many great MLB teams in Florida, but you can also get stuck into sports betting and spend the time researching strategies.

Get an MLB taster at Florida's Grapefruit League

Even though the MLB season doesn’t officially start until sometime in the spring, there are still MLB teams playing in states all over the country. One of them is Florida, home to as many as 15 MLB teams who will play in the Grapefruit League from 26 February until late March. If you live near Florida, you can therefore see some awesome baseball while you wait for the MLB season to kick off. And if you are considering betting on the big MLB games, then you might be able to use the Grapefruit League as your training ground. You can learn about the rules regarding betting on baseball in Florida here.

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Practice your sports betting skills from the comfort of your home

Until the spring heat arrives, staying at home doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, does it? Thanks to sports betting and streaming services it has never been easier to find sports entertainment. Although some states still ban online betting, there are many places where you can wager on sports matches from apps on your phone, tablet, or laptop – and most of them even offer free bets and tips to get you started. So, the potential delay to the MLB season is not such a bad thing after all. It gives you time to practice your betting skills by wagering on smaller games before Major League Baseball gets started. Read up on the latest news about the MLB here.

Explore if there is any college baseball in your local area

Another way to pass the time is by watching College sports. This still has a huge audience in the US – and with good reason. The level is high, and many college stars go on to play in the MLB league later in their lives. So, if you want to see some good ball, then it’s worth finding out if there are any upcoming baseball matches at the colleges near you. Not only are these games cheaper than MLB, but they are also likely to be a shorter drive away – a win-win. Some betting sites even allow you to place bets on your favorite college teams, which is another great way to prepare yourself for the MLB season.

Ben is a sports writer based in Miami with a passion for analytics.