West Virginia’s Link To The NFL Is Leaving For Greener Pastures

Posted on June 27, 2019

Nothing benefits sports betting in West Virginia more than rooting for a home team. And while West Virginia doesn’t have an NFL team, the state had a rooting interest in one team – at least for the summer.

That’s about to change.

For the first time in three years, the Houston Texans will be leaving the state of West Virginia to return back home for their 2019 training camp.

The team spent its last two summers preparing for the start of the NFL season at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

Instead of practicing in the Mountain State, the Texans will report to the Houston Methodist Training Center when camp begins in late July.

While this might be exciting news for Houston natives, football fans in WV will be disappointed. With no NFL team in the state, fans would flock to The Greenbrier Resort to get a glimpse of some of the best professional football players in the world.

Now that the Texans are out, WV residents will have to travel a little farther outside the state border to get their NFL fix. Otherwise, there’s always popular college football programs at WVU and Marshall.

Will WV be back online before football season?

Both the NFL and college football seasons are right around the corner.

The hope is that at least one WV online sportsbook will be available again in WV by this time.

After months of being without a mobile option, three online sportsbooks are nearing launch within the state. They include:

Of course, for now, all there is hope and that is not sitting too well with bettors.

Whether or not these online betting apps release in time for football, bettors can always visit one of the three land-based casinos with active WV sportsbooks in the area:

Texans out of WV

After training in WV in 2017 and 2018, Texans coach Bill O’Brien and the rest of the team will be staying a lot closer to their home facility this summer. The coach is entering his sixth season with Houston.

The Texans won 11 games a year ago en route to an AFC South division title.

O’Brien stated several reasons as to why the Texans wouldn’t be returning to WV. He noted the improvements made to both the weight room and field turf at the training facility in Houston. O’Brien also discussed the benefit of being closer to home.

He said:

“We’ve got our fans. That’s probably number one. That’s a great thing for our players. We’re happy to be back home for training camp.”

Despite leaving the Mountain State, the coach had only good things to say about his experiences in WV. He added:

“The Greenbrier was great. We loved the Greenbrier and the people in West Virginia. Our stay there was awesome.”

Training camps near WV

Although the Texans have left town, there are plenty of other training camps in the WV region. Here are some other teams and sites NFL fans can check out this summer:

  • Baltimore Ravens – Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Cincinnati Bengals – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland Browns – Berea, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – Latrobe, Pennsylvania
  • Washington Redskins – Richmond, Virginia

WV football

Both the WV Mountaineers and Marshall Thundering Herd football programs head into 2019 with a lot of optimism.

The Mountaineers went 8-4 last season and finished third in the Big 12 Conference. The team ended the year ranked in the top 25 in both the AP and Coaches Poll.

Marshall was just as impressive. The Herd completed the season at 9-4, which was good enough for second place in the Conference USA East Division.

Both teams begin the new season at home on Aug. 31. The Mountaineers take on James Madison in Morgantown, while Marshall will battle the VMI Keydets in Huntington.

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