At least one NFL player thinks that the bettors that did not get paid on a glitch at FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey should get their money.
NFL player on NJ sports betting
The kicker for the Denver Broncos — who turned his team and Broncos moneyline bettors into winners on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders with his last-minute kick — weighed in on the story that has gone somewhat viral in the sports betting world.
On Sunday, multiple bettors at FanDuel wagered on the Broncos near the end of the game while they were trailing by two points driving with the ball. Some wagers were placed at 750 to 1 odds — what has been declared a glitch by FanDuel. Long story short, placekicker Brandon McManus hit a game-winning kick, seemingly making those tickets winners.
More on the controversy here.
The most well-publicized case was of a man who wagered $110 and a ticket that would have paid more than $80,000. FanDuel has said it is paying out bets placed at the time at true odds, which is a small fraction of that amount.
On Thursday, FanDuel reversed course and will, in fact, pay out the $82,000 football bet. Per an Associated Press story, several other gamblers who also made similar bets will be paid in full.
Anyway, with that backstory, here is McManus on Twitter:
It’s not often that a current player in any major league weighs in on betting on the games. But we’re in a brand new world for gambling, as NJ sports betting is now legal (as well as in four other states).
McManus played his college football at Temple University in Pennsylvania, another state that will soon have legal sports betting. He has been a member of the Broncos since 2014 and played on the Denver team that won Super Bowl 50.
The NFL and betting
The NFL has been mostly hands-off when it comes to sports wagering, and suffice it to say, it’s probably not terribly excited that one of its players is raising a voice on the outcome of a wager of any type. After all, it was one of the litigants in the US Supreme Court case that was meant to stop New Jersey from offering legal sports wagering.
The league is calling for federal regulation of sports gambling, and indeed a Congressional hearing is scheduled for next week.
The NFL Players Association has also weighed in on sports betting, with this statement after the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban outside of Nevada:
“Given the pending Supreme Court decision regarding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), representatives of the MLBPA, NBPA, NFLPA and NHLPA have been working together on the legal, commercial, practical, and human consequences of allowing sports betting to become mainstream. The time has come to address not just who profits from sports gambling, but also the costs.
“Our unions have been discussing the potential impact of legalized gambling on players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility on our businesses. Betting on sports may become widely legal, but we cannot allow those who have lobbied the hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our businesses. The athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.”
What’s to be done about FanDuel Sportsbook bets?
There’s been plenty of debate about what should happen in the case of the glitchy bets.
In Europe, it’s widely accepted that these types of bets are not paid out as obvious errors. In Nevada, tickets are often paid as written, and any dispute of more than $500 generally is handled by regulators.
While the NJ Department of Gaming Enforcement has said it is investigating the matter, it’s not clear if paying the bets as they were booked is even on the table. More likely, the DGE will be looking at the process that led to the erroneous bet slips being handed out.