Vegas sportsbooks take down betting odds after deflategate report
After Wednesday's report by Ted Wells, revealed it was "more probable than not" that the Patriots manipulated footballs during the AFC Championship against the Colts, Las Vegas odds-makers responded by temporarily taking down betting odds for New England's games this season.
According to NJ.com, Vegas sports book Bovada had the Patriots at 15/2 odds to win Super Bowl 50 before the report was released. Bloomberg reports that New England was a 6.5 point favorite in their opening game against the Steelers.
Sportsbook.ag announced on Wednesday that they were going to take down the odds for the Patriots' game against Pittsburgh.
Bovada released a statement to NJ.com explaining why they were taking down all the odds relating to the Patriots.
"Pending the potential ramifications of the investigation of Deflategate, all the odds for the Super Bowl, the AFC Conference, and the AFC East are down. Considering they were the third highest favorite to win the Super Bowl, the co-favorite for the AFC Conference, and an overwhelming favorite to win the AFC East, we are taking them down until we hear the official word on if Tom Brady gets suspended. If Brady does get suspended, it will have a huge impact on all of these odds."
It was first reported by Adam Schefter that the NFL was mulling possible discipline for quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots beat the Colts in the AFC Championship in the game in which the balls were deflated and went on to defeat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
- Erick Fernandez