When NFL football players spend their early moments before the game concentrating on social justice and protesting instead of the game, it can only end in catastrophe.
The players have taken their eye off the ball, pun intended, and the results have been clear.
Stadiums are half full, advertisers and fans are unhappy, and NFL football is just not as exciting this year, but college football is!
Joe Drape explains at the NYT, that a result is that with ‘bettors ‘ College Football Is Shoving the NFL. Aside.
Jimmy Vaccaro has spent four decades as a bookmaker. And when Vaccaro says he is becoming bearish on the betting health of professional football, people listen. Last month, for three consecutive weeks, for the first time that he can remember, betting on college football at South Point surpassed betting on the N.F.L., by as much as $400,000.
Vaccaro is not the only one.
“Their product isn’t very good these days,” said Nick Bogdanovich, chief oddsmaker for William Hill, which operates 107 sports books in Nevada.
John Avello, a bookmaker at the Wynn Las Vegas, is also saying that gamblers see better opportunity for more lucrative payouts in college football.
According to state figures, Basketball now accounts for more than 31 percent of sports wagering in Nevada. Baseball 23 percent. Soccer, too, is on the upswing as more games are being televised and streamed. Like college sports bettors, those betting on soccer are tribal in their devotion to their teams.
“It’s the recreational guys that are driving the growth,” Vaccaro said. “They want to put a few bucks on their team, watch and have a good time.”
The NFL is no longer the only game in town. There are other reason besides the national anthem protests, but the protests are definitely exasperating the situation.
Keep in mind. There is a reason the game is played in front of roaring fans with cheerleaders stirring up excitement. It effects, for the positive, those playing on the field.
Roger Goodell better get on it. Betting is just another sign of the severe decline of the NFL.