The NFL’s swing from utter disdain for the American sports betting market was conservative in some ways, but it also spawned a handful of surprises, including just last week.
On Friday, the Indianapolis Colts unveiled a new ticket package that includes $ 100 betting credit for FanDuel’s sports betting offering. It is believed to be the first of its kind for a sports franchise in the United States
The “Colts FanDuel Fan Pass” includes tickets for four regular season games and $ 100 betting credit, which is divided into four $ 25 increments and distributed to sports betting accounts the week before each game.
That’s right, a league that once claimed that betting – legal or illegal – was the # 1 threat to the integrity of the game is now allowing teams to encourage fans to bet on their games. Wild.
For more information on the insane, evolving world of US sports betting, check out this week’s betting reviews.
• The NFL preseason kicks off Thursday with the Hall of Fame game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers start the week as a consensus favorite with 1.5 points. The total is 33.
• On Friday, Caesars Sportsbook reported they placed a $ 45,000 moneyline bet on the men’s US basketball team to beat the Czech Republic at odds of -6,000. The US led by just four players at halftime but pulled away from it in the second half with an easy 119-84 win, rewarding the bettor with a net profit of $ 750.
The US opened on Tuesday as a 12.5-point favorite against Spain for their next game.
• While Simone Biles noticed for her absence, the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center caused the most Olympic excitement in the current competition so far. The Americans Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky made lasting memories and mostly won their medals as favorites, but we saw swimming sayings.
The Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui won the gold medal in the men’s 400 meter freestyle as a 50-1 throw. In a sport full of dull times and minimal nuances, one might wonder how this significant surprise can happen. While he finished eighth at the same event as a 15-year-old at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (12 seconds slower than his winning time this summer), the lack of international competition during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed for thriving competitors like the 18-year-old to hone their craft and sneak into the field.
Other notable surprises were US American Lydia Jacoby (10-1) in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke and Canadian Maggie MacNeil (14-1) in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. China (14: 1) took gold in the 800 meter freestyle relay. The American Robert Finke (6: 1) won the 800 meter freestyle, the Russian Evgeny Rylov (10: 1) won gold over 100 meters back.
• San Jose Sharks’ left winger Evander Kane, a well-known casino player, wrote on Twitter that he would fully cooperate in an NHL investigation into his estranged wife’s allegations of betting on his own games. The couple are in a divorce.
Kane denied the allegations, saying he had never bet on hockey, including Sharks games, and never threw a game.
In 2019, Kane was sued by Las Vegas casino resort The Cosmopolitan after allegedly failing to play for $ 500,000 in gambling tokens given to him in April when the Sharks were against the Sharks for a playoff series Vegas Golden Knights were in town.