Sadly, the Deflategate saga is far from over. The good news is Super Bowl 50 odds are back on the board, but look a lot different from a couple of months ago.
Earlier this week New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed off the team’s planned appeal of their Deflategate punishment which included a $1 million fine, two lost draft picks and Tom Brady`s four-game suspension.
“I know a lot of Patriot fans are going to be disappointed in that decision, but I hope they trust my judgment and know that I really feel, at this point in time, that taking this off the agenda is the best thing for the New England Patriots, our fans and the NFL,” Kraft said.
Tom Brady to Appeal Suspension
Now, just because the Patriots have pulled back and will accept the league’s decision, that doesn’t mean Brady himself can pursue an appeal through the NFL Players Association and he intends to do just that.
So, long story short, we’re a long way from know if Tom Brady’s suspension will stand, if it’s reduced, or if it’s cut all together. Such is life outside the lines of the NFL.
Super Bowl 50 Odds
At any rate, Super Bowl 50 odds are once again live and the New England Patriots have dropped from +550 in February to +900 now.
The next matter of business is to see whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will recuse himself from Brady`s appeal hearing after a request was sent by the NFLPA.
“Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal,” the union said in a news release. “If the NFL believes the Ted Wells report has credibility because it is independent, then the NFL should embrace our request for an independent review.”