March Madness, the iconic NCAA college basketball tournament, captures the attention of North Carolina sports fans and bettors every spring. But this year, with legal North Carolina sports betting potentially going live just in time for March Madness tip-off, the state’s passion for college athletics could translate into major profits for leading North Carolina betting apps and sportsbooks like BetMGM North Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper wants to launch mobile sports wagering across North Carolina in time for the NCAA Selection Sunday on March 17, letting bettors participate in March Madness betting for the first time. State gaming regulators have yet to set an official start date or approve sports betting licenses, though key meetings are scheduled this month that could accelerate the process.

Whenever North Carolina sports betting gets underway, eager fans will likely flock to top North Carolina betting apps for enticing new user North Carolina sportsbook promos and competitive odds on March Madness and other college contests. After all, North Carolina boasts several top-ranked Division 1 basketball and baseball teams that consistently vie for national titles.

This spring, for example, the UNC Tar Heels are ranked 3rd nationally in the AP Top 25 poll for men’s basketball, while archrivals Duke sit at 12th. So when these storied programs clash on February 3 and March 9, expect intense betting action if North Carolina sports betting is live by then.

But basketball isn’t the only college sport commanding attention. North Carolina also dominates college baseball, with five schools slotted in the D1 Baseball preseason Top 25 poll. The top team, Wake Forest, even holds down the #1 ranking ahead of the February 16 season opener.

With multiple North Carolina schools in the mix as potential title contenders this spring in both basketball and baseball, local fans will have many emotionally-charged opportunities to test out the new North Carolina betting apps as soon as they launch.

And whether joining March Madness office pools or placing more serious wagers through the upcoming North Carolina sportsbooks, North Carolina bettors can utilize the latest promo code and bonus offers to get the most betting value.

For example, leading sportsbook operator BetMGM recently secured market access in North Carolina as part of its national expansion push. When the BetMGM North Carolina sports betting app goes live later this year, customers can apply the BetMGM North Carolina bonus code for special introductory promotions like no-risk bets and deposit matches.

Between the imminent debut of legal North Carolina sports betting and the loaded slate of local college action ahead, spring 2023 is shaping up as a historic convergence of sports betting and school spirit for North Carolina sports fans. The only missing piece is the official launch date for mobile wagering, which regulators are expected to announce very soon.

✅ Fact Checked on February 2, 2024 by Ken Weaver