Some Bettors Get Relief on Game Decided by Botched Call
The site, Sportsbook.com, sent e-mails to bettors who had put money on Green Bay, alerting them to the unusual decision that their bets would be refunded in the form of a free play on the site. At least one bettor, writing on a Twitter account said to be that of the Canadian journalist Glen McGregor, posted a picture of his computer screen showing the message and quoted the Web site’s head oddsmaker, Russ Candler, as saying, “I can’t stand winning unfairly.”
Darren Rovell hears the blown call may have resulted in a swing of as much as $250M, as bets favoring Green Bay apparently comprised around 70-85% of the action in Vegas and online.
Now that the scabs are affecting the gambling world, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this thing really might get resolved--and soon. Despite the fact that the NFL wants you to think they are as pure as Tim Tebow, the truth is much more sinister (see: Mara, Tim and Rooney, Art).
Don't mess with the bookies or you get the
horns concrete boots, Roger.
Edit: Turns out Sportsbook.com is only offering refunds to gamblers outside the U.S.