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    One call = $150-$250 Million USD

    Lot of angst on the NFL replacement ref officiating. Many bad calls. BTW, I watched the Seahawk vs. Packer game twice. Go hawks!

    Here is what one call cost:

    $150M-$250M in MNF bets shifted
    Updated: September 25, 2012
    By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

    Monday night's controversial touchdown call that gave the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers had an immediate impact for gamblers.

    If the Hail Mary pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would have been ruled an interception by Packers safety M.D. Jennings, Green Bay -- 3 point favorites -- would have won by five, covering the spread.

    Instead, the replacement officials' call that Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate had possession shifted all those who bet on the Packers to those who took the underdog Seahawks.

    "Most of the customers in the sportsbook were not happy with the final call," said John Avello, director of the race and sportsbook at the Wynn in Las Vegas. "The shift was 100 percent. After the (Seahawks) score, all bets were reversed."

    Avello's best guess as to how much money was shifted worldwide on the call? $150 million in total bets worldwide.

    Jeff Sherman, assistant director of the race and sportsbook at the Las Vegas Hotel, says he estimates that the game shifted $15 million in Nevada alone and also concurs with Avello that the worldwide number, including offshore sportsbooks and in Europe, is worth about 10 times more.

    Those who take bets online estimated the shift in money was even greater.

    Mike Perry, spokesman for betting site Sportsbook.ag, told ESPN.com his estimate in the money swing on the call at the end of the game is closer to between $200 million and $250 million.

    Perry said that 70 to 80 percent of the money on his site was put on the Packers, which is in line with the percentage bet in Vegas. At Mandalay Bay, the sportsbook took in about $500,000 in total bets, with about 85 percent of the money on the Packers.
    Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers -- Disputed MNF call shifted $150-$250M in bets - ESPN

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    Much the same as living in Thailand, if you can't afford to lose then don't gamble

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick View Post
    Much the same as living in Thailand, if you can't afford to lose then don't gamble
    The people (that I've known in general) that gamble on sports have the money to lose.

    I do not gamble much at all. Very rarely.

    As for the replacement refs, there were many atrocious calls all over the league.

    Real bad.

    Awful calling.

    The replacement refs are out of their league (no pun).
    ............

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    I can have some sympathy for the players, staff and supporters because of an error of judgement by the official(s) but not for bookies and their punters.

    Honest citizens of nations around the world are now suffering from cutbacks in their incomes because of crazy gambling in the 'investment world'. One doesn't have to be that smart to realise that gambling encourages low morals.

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    ^ Oh, dear......

    *Jesus, what you say?*

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    I think this article was very informative and also shows the details of these NFL referees.

    Breaking Down the NFL's Referee Lockout

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    A bad call! No sympathy for the gamblers. Refs often influence calls no matter who they are. Just part of the game.

    Gamblers lose money but the owners don't give a damn. They are raking in big profits. As long as they are, the replacement refs will stay.

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    ^ Agree, Norton.

    The NFL is bringing in $1 billion+ annually and profits are way up.

    The referees are only part-time but have to spend 20-25 hour per week reviewing films, studying up on the rules and emphasis and keeping in shape.

    They have to make a critical decision immediately.

    During the off-season many are regular employees.

    The want the pension increases and more of a raise than they got in 2006.

    I do not know the details, but these locked out refs may have garnered some backing not only by the fans but by the players and coaches because of the ineptitude displayed by the replacements.

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