Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension sent a shockwave through the NFL betting community. Here’s the latest.
The National Football League came down hard on the New England Patriots and their Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady for their role in what’s now commonly known as Deflategate, forcing oddsmakers to adjust.
Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season on Monday after the NFL found he was played a part in intentionally deflating game balls in last year’s AFC championship game. Brady is expected to appeal the decision. Still, Sports Interaction closed its odds for New England’s first game of the season after having the Pats as 6-point favorites at home to Pittsburgh and pulled its AFC Championship and Super Bowl futures odds for the time being.
The Patriots were second only to the Seattle Seahawks on the Super Bowl odds board before Brady’s suspension was announced.
“Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public’s confidence in the game is called into question,” NFL Executive President Troy Vincent wrote in a letter to Brady.
The NFL also fined the Patriots $1 million and stripped the team of its 2016 first-round pick and its fourth-round selection in the 2017 draft.
Adjusted odds will be posted for New England’s Week 1 game as well as the AFC Championship and Super Bowl as soon as possible.