The consensus was that the biggest impact would be on a team’s home-field advantage, which has historically been worth approximately three points to a line on an NFL game.
The consensus opinion of 10 Las Vegas oddsmakers is that the NBA will be the first major U.S. sports league to play a game, with the consensus over-under date July 1.
For the sheer amount of pain and suffering it caused in Las Vegas, the Knights’ bitter defeat to the Sharks is No. 1 on our list of the top seven betting bad beats of 2019.
If, as expected, a federal ban on sports betting is lifted in the coming months, the NBA wants sports books to pay the league 1 percent of the money wagered on its games as an “integrity fee.”
Norman Freedman is 83 but vividly recalled details of a bad beat he suffered 40 years ago, when Earl “The Pearl” Monroe mysteriously turned his apparent $2,000 win into a $100 loss.
Most avid sports bettors and poker players can write a book on bad beats. It would be a tragicomedy about the most agonizing losses of their gambling lives that double as miracle wins for other bettors.