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Is The NFL Betting They Can Just Do It Without Kaepernick?

The 99th season of the National Football League gets underway this weekend with the defending champions the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons but with controversy still swirling around the sport and perceived political interference from the very highest levels of government is the NFL betting on a quiet run to the Super Bowl as daft as betting on the Buffalo Bills to win it at Bovada (one of the best online betting sites in the United States right now)? We take a look.

NFL Betting without Kaepernick
  • Will anyone protest during the Anthem this season?
  • Have Nike added fuel to the fire with their advert?
  • Are the NFL betting odds fair on the Buffalo Bills?
  • Which team will win the Super Bowl this season?

Colin Kaepernick won’t be playing in the NFL this season. None of the teams in the league signed the quarterback who so significantly decided to protest against the ongoing US police slaughter of African Americans by kneeling during the national anthem drawing the ire of those on the political right all the way up to the President himself, Donald Trump, and if the NFL betting the controversy would die out with the absence of Kaepernick sounds ostrich-like, this week’s announcement by Nike confirmed it.

“Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything.” Reads the strap-line over Kaepernick’s face in the latest Nike advertising campaign that, as ever, is marked with their “Just Do It” slogan, the major manufacturer of sporting goods seemingly endorsing his protest. This instantly prompted some to burn their Nike footwear (possibly because they’d run out of books) in disgust because now in the US gambling laws of common sense will beat raw emotion is mad, and the NFL betting differently is nuts.

Will There Be More Controversy Before Kick Off?

Super Bowl Odds

  • Houston Texans – 25/1
  • Los Angeles Chargers – 22/1
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – 20/1
  • Atlanta Falcons – 20/1
  • New Orleans Saints – 16/1
  • Los Angeles Rams – 11/1
  • Minnesota Vikings – 11/1
  • Green Bay Packers – 10/1
  • Philadelphia Eagles – 10/1
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – 9/1
  • New England Patriots – 6/1

Will the protests continue this season and how will the owners respond if they do? Accused of disrespecting the flag, the military and the nation those participating in the original protests have filed a collusion grievance against the owners of the NFL betting they can prove it in court, something arbitration has agreed could go ahead, which could embolden others to follow their lead. After all the owners are held to the whims of commercial reality as much as Nike are, and inclusion seems to pay.

There may be no such thing as bad publicity but that doesn’t mean you want to garner it at every opportunity and the NFL betting it can change the narrative might be thought a little like clutching at straws when the two sides of the argument gain the social media traction of people like Serena Williams and Mike Huckabee. This is not the look of a fading controversy but of a bubbling cauldron and if you’re in the US gambling news outlets aren’t enjoying the discomfort of others, think again.

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Kaepernick's Instagram post
(source: NJ.com)

There is a gleeful haughty offence taken by some, a more understanding liberal view from others, but with the sports pages of the press full of Kaepernick’s Nike deal just days before the season start the NFL betting they’ll see an end to this when the football gets underway is probably stretching the bounds of credibility to about the same degree as advocating betting on the Buffalo Bills, who get odds of 300/1, to win the Super Bowl. It’s just not going to happen however much you might wish it might.

Perhaps ironically, given the nature of the protest and those who’ve railed against it, the New England Patriots remain the favorites to lift the trophy getting just 6/1 at sites like Bovada, well ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers at 9/1, the Philly Eagles and Green Bay Packers who each get 10/1 just in front of the Rams and Vikings who both get 11/1, and if you like to bet on sports in the US any of these will be a great piece of NFL betting, just don’t bet on US sports to cease being controversial any time soon.

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