NBA, MLB return puts sports betting apps in scoring position Thomas Varrabi, Fox Business · June 29, 2020 at 6:33 am U.S. sports betting operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel are banking on a much-needed surge in demand next month when top leagues return to play during the coronavirus pandemic. Months of rapid growth and investment in the legal sports betting market came to an abrupt halt in March, when the NBA, MLB and other sports leagues were forced to suspend their seasons due to the risk to public health. With casinos closed nationwide and no games available for wagers, U.S. sportsbooks’ business plunged. While casinos have begun to reopen, the growing number of online sportsbooks and betting apps are poised to benefit from pent-up demand and a consumer base that became more reliant on digital platforms during the pandemic. The expected return of NBA and MLB games in late July provides operators to recoup some of their recent financial losses in a tough market – with DraftKings as an early frontrunner to capitalize.