October is one of our favorite months of the year. It’s a confluence of events that make this month both, the busiest of the second half and the most entertaining. Between MLB Playoffs, the early season NCAA and NFL Football and the NHL Hockey booting off, there is something for everyone. This particular October also includes some solid MMA content and the end of an interesting PGA season.
The NFL is a cornerstone of any sports themed operators business and October delivers some great national matchups to supplement the regular season. On consecutive Sunday nights, you have New England facing Denver (10/15) and the following week facing their Super Bowl foes, Atlanta (10/22). There are plenty of other terrific prime time contests like KC/Oakland (10/19) on Thursday Night Football and Miami Baltimore (10/26).
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The MLB Playoffs boot off on the 3rd of October with a potential play-in game followed by the Wildcard games on the 4th (American Lg) and 5th (National Lg). The beauty of the MLB Playoffs is there are no days off. You will have a playoff game on every night in October until the travel day during the World Series on the 26th. Speaking of which, the World Series begins on Tuesday, October 26th and doesn’t compete with football except for the 29th, when Pittsburgh visits Denver on October 29th.
NHL Hockey returns in early October with the first games on Wednesday the 4th. It promises to be a fun season and fills in the gaps in the football schedule. Also, don’t forget that October is a great month for NCAA Football. The highlight is the Georgia/Florida game on the 28th. The world’s largest outdoor cocktail party is sure to drive some traffic on a late Saturday afternoon.
There you have it. As always, October has the promise of football supplemented with the fun of the MLB Playoffs and the return of NHL Hockey. Remember with NCAA Football times are subject to change and networks will not be assigned until the week before the games in many cases. Have a great month and enjoy the return to volume.