September start looking unlikely for NFL, 16/1 No Super Bowl!
Bookmakers William Hill believe that the current contract disagreements between players and owners could cause havoc to the start of the NFL season.
The first games in question would be the Thursday night opener at the start of September, followed by the opening Sunday games and Hills are offering 1/2 that any of these games are disrupted.
It is 13/2 that no regular season matches take place between the start of the season and December 2011.
Hills offer 16/1 that no Super Bowl, for which Green Bay and New England are the 7/1 favourites, takes place during the first four months of 2012.
"For the first time in almost 25 years, it is odds on for the NFL season to fail to start on time and it appears that there could be a big NFL sized hole in America's calendar come September," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
William Hill NFL Betting:
Disruption To Be Caused To The Start Of The Season Due To The Proposed Lockout*: 1/2 Yes; 6/4 No
*Must be disruption to the schedule and not disruption to starting rosters
No Regular Season Matches To Take Place Between Sep - Dec 2011: 13/2
No Super Bowl To Take Place In Either Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2012: 16/1
Super Bowl XLVI Outright: 7/1 Green Bay Packers; 7/1 New England Patriots; 10/1 Philadelphia Eagles; 10/1 Pittsburgh Steelers; 12/1 San Diego Chargers; 12/1 Atlanta Falcons; 16/1 Dallas Cowboys; 16/1 New Orleans Saints; 16/1 New York Jets; 16/1 Indianapolis Colts; 16/1 New York Giants; 16/1 Baltimore Ravens; 25/1 Kansas City Chiefs; 25/1 Houston Texans; 33/1 Detroit Lions; 33/1 Minnesota Vikings; 33/1 Chicago Bears; 33/1 San Francisco 49ers; 40/1 BAR (½ odds place 1, 2)