What happened? Why some sports were pulled from betting in Illinois Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · July 31, 2020 at 1:44 pm For those of you still trying to figure out why you couldn’t bet on motor sports, the PGA, Korean Baseball and lower-level soccer in Illinois last week, here’s the lowdown. NASCAR and other motor sports are back on the board, but everything else will have to wait until late August. It all boils down to a miscommunication. Or failure to properly interpret rules. Or a misunderstanding. After a series of posts on Twitter that accused the Illinois Gaming Board of “forcing” BetRivers, the only active online/mobile sports betting platform in Illinois at the time, to pull the bets, the IGB released a statement earlier this week: “The IGB did not instruct its sports wagering licensees to remove those leagues from their wagering options.