NFL’s betting partners surely would like to have a Deshaun Watson decision, too

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Beyond the Browns, their opponents, and their fans, there’s another key constituency that would like to know whether quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss any, some, or all of the games to be played in 2022.

The NFL’s seven sports betting partners.

They want to take bets. They want to make money from taking bets. With Watson’s status unknown, key Browns bets aren’t on the board. For example, PointsBet still doesn’t offer an over/under win total for Cleveland, or a bet on whether the Browns make the playoffs, or fail to do so.

For some reason, however, bets can be placed on the Browns to win the AFC North, where they are co-favorites with the Ravens at +200.

Whether it’s PointsBet or FanDuel or DraftKings or any of the other four NFL sports betting partners, the sooner Watson’s status is know, the sooner these various sports books can start making money from bets placed for, or against, the Browns.

30 responses to “NFL’s betting partners surely would like to have a Deshaun Watson decision, too

  1. Gamblers can fend for themselves. Nobody is losing any sleep for their feelings. Its a cutthroat game they choose to play.

  2. Let’s see. In the grand scheme of things we have:

    1) the rights of the possible victims
    2) the rights of the accused

    147) the interests of the employers of the accused

    1516) the curiosity of the press

    986,024) the financial opportunities of gamblers, gambling houses, and the sponsors who feed off of gambling interests.

  3. Who cares? Gambling is risky business. I’m curious as to how much the NFL takes in with their gambling “partnerships”. You better believe the NFL will decline to punish Watson if the they stand to lose money on the matter.

  4. The irony of sports betting partners unwilling to gamble on Watson’s status!

  5. umm…
    Browns are co-favorite with the Ravens?
    Hello umm..

  6. It’s gambling. They’re gamblers,right?
    If everything was a sure bet, it wouldn’t be gambling then, would it?

  7. Wait, co-favorites? A career .500 QB without Hopkins is a favorite to win a division that they haven’t won or even conclude to winning for 30 years??? Ok

  8. Is there even one person with sympathy for the league’s gambling partners?…No, I didn’t think so.

  9. I know Mike Florio and Peter King have said the schedule makers have not led any bread crumbs that tell how long Watson will be suspended for, but I disagree. If you look at the Browns schedule they have all division rivals playing the Browns in the first 8 games and then all division rivals playing 3 of the last 5 games of the season. Last year they had the Bengals playing Browns twice in the first 7 games and the rest scattered. The way it looks this year is they’re thinking if it’s an 8 game suspension all rivals will play Cleveland in the 2nd half of the season. Full season suspension it won’t matter and either way if it happens at all in 2022 with Watson only getting one million paid to him that first year on a record breaking guaranteed deal, well quite frankly that is a legitimate show of financial favoritism. Many past players that were suspended in the past have a right to ask why they weren’t allowed to rework a deal that minimizes their suspension money being taken. NFL either needs to wait on the suspension and drag it out (much like they did with deflate gate) or suspend him a minimum of 1 or 2 games for each case settled.

  10. If Watson will not settle these cases, the trials will not take place until 2023. The commissioner is unlikely to suspend Watson until he can be certain that no more damaging or embarrassing information will be made public. That means either reversing course on putting Watson on the exempt list, or allowing Watson to play in 2022 and then suspending him in 2023.

    Watson seems to be hoping for some type of vindication by winning a trial. That’s just plain delusional. Even if he wins some of the cases, the publicity will still be damaging for him, the Browns, and the league. His least bad option is to settle, cut checks ASAP, and accept whatever disciplinary action the commissioner dishes out.

  11. Still no respect for the bengals. Guess we’ll just have to wait and watch them destroy the division again. The Browns even if Watson isn’t suspended they’re not winning the division

  12. harryglyphics says:
    May 17, 2022 at 9:03 pm
    Browns are co-favorite with the Ravens?
    Hello umm..

    No, it is correct.

  13. harryglyphics says:
    May 17, 2022 at 9:03 pm
    Browns are co-favorite with the Ravens?
    Hello umm..
    Bengals fans are so touchy. Betters picked this, not any one person. So get over it.

  14. The only thing preventing the sportsbooks for putting odds out there are the sportsbooks themselves. They can accept bets on all of the above, but they aren’t willing to accept the risk that comes with it.

  15. Last time a QB from an AFCN team was credibly accused of sexual assault was 2006, and the Steelers ended up 8-8. That’s the BENchmark for this situation.

  16. I am not sure how the odds makers are placing the Browns as co-favorites to win the AFC North with DW installed as the QB with a doubtful short term future with the league. The Browns are complete nincompoops that can’t get the simplest things right. No way they are winning the division! With or with out DW.

  17. Betting partners play with house money, and NFL remains the (big) house, regardless of who works the field. This is getting serious.

  18. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    May 17, 2022 at 8:29 pm
    Who cares? Gambling is risky business.

    The subject is how the the sports gaming industry is effected by no decision regarding Watson. Individual bettors and the risks they undertake are irrelevant to the conversation.

  19. The league literally revolves around gambling. I mean, I knew most of you lived under a rock, but I didn’t think it was THAT many. Why do you think they release injury reports?

  20. I LOVE how all pro sports has just turned into a life support system for gambling.

  21. So no one in the betting industry really cares that people’s lives and careers are are stake here; they just want to make money. Am I reading that right?

  22. Wolfgang says:
    May 18, 2022 at 10:43 am
    I LOVE how all pro sports has just turned into a life support system for gambling.

    11Rate This

    Bravo…Yet they pretend to be so righteous about other issues…

  23. Bengals caught the perfect storm to win the division, and get to the super bowl. Won’t happen again this year…book it. Oh, Las Vegas already did…

  24. His suspension announcement will come at the same time they’ve always come – around August when training camps start up. Just because he’s in the news now doesn’t mean the NFL will all of a sudden change how they do things.

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