With the NFL season coming to an end after the Super Bowl, sports fans around the world will be trying to find something to fill the void until next year.
Super Bowl LI will be played in Houston, Texas on February 5 at the NRG Stadium. It will be the third time the city will host the biggest NFL game of the year, after previously hosting it in 1974 and 2004. So before the Super Bowl comes to an end, go check out the odds for the game here. Generally, after the Super Bowl, fans usually gravitate towards the NBA, but when the NBA season is over, there isn't much to keep sports fans interested.
Last year, the Olympics helped provide entertainment for a lot of fans, and filled the empty sports void. In 2014, the World Cup helped to do the same thing. Since this is an off year for both events, it means sports fans will have to look elsewhere for their entertainment.
For those that aren't big NBA fans or aren't interested in the first half of the MLB season, there are a few sports options available to them..
Shortly after the Super Bowl, the Alpine World Ski Championships, which is held every two years, will commence in St. Moritz, Switzerland from February 6 to 19. If you are a big skiing fan, this is an event you don't want to miss.
The biggest names in alpine skiing will compete in the combined slalom, the downhill slalom, and the super-G. Immediately after the championships, the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will begin in Lahti, Finland from February 22 to March 5. Since the event will take place during the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence, fans should expect a bigger spectacle than usual.
In May, the Kentucky Derby will be held once again in Churchill Downs, with the best horses from around the world competing in the most prestigious racing event of the year.
In August, the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup will take place in Ireland, and fans can watch England try to defend its championship from the 9th to the 27th.
Sailing fans have a lot to look forward to this year with the 35th Americas Cup taking place in the Bahamas. The event is scheduled for June 17 to 27, and Oracle Team USA will be looking to defend its crown against a field of challengers from France, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan, and Britain.
Tennis fans will be eager to watch the French Open and Wimbledon. The French Open takes place in Paris from May 22 to June 11. Wimbledon takes place in London from July 3 to July 16, with Serena Williams continuing her quest for the most grand slam victories for a female tennis player.
In addition to hosting Wimbledon, London will also host the World Para Athletics Championships from July 14 to 23, and the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships, which will take place from August 4 to 13.
With so many options to choose from, sports fans from all over the world should be able to find something to keep them entertained before the start of the next NFL season.