The vast majority of NFL players have no bearing on how odds and point spreads are set.
Tom Brady is not one of those players.
Multiple Nevada sports books pulled the Steelers-Patriots Week One line off the board after Brady was cast in an somewhat unfavorable light in Wednesday’s Wells Report, thus generating speculation the Patriots’ star quarterback could face NFL discipline, including a possible suspension.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which listed New England as a 6.5-point favorite, is among the books to take the Pittsburgh-New England line off the board. Line-monitoring websites Pregame.com and VegasInsider.com both show multiple books having removed the game from betting.
If Brady is unavailable for Week One, the point spread would move to pick ’em, Jay Kornegay, the vice president of race and sports book operations at the SuperBook, told PFT in an email Wednesday.
However, all other Patriots odds remain open for wagering, Kornegay said.
“We’ll monitor and go from there,” he said.
Oddsmaker William Hill U.S. also pulled Steelers-Patriots off the board, and it also took down the AFC East odds. It has left up the AFC and Super Bowl odds for the time being, but those would change if Brady misses any time, William Hill U.S. director of marketing Michael Grodsky said.
The MGM Resorts International sports books reduced the prices on the Patriots’ AFC East competitors in divisional-odds betting but left them on the board, said Jay Rood, the company’s vice president of race and sports. MGM also lowered the odds on the Colts and Ravens, Rood said, in the event of any “suspension(s),” as he wrote in an email to PFT.