NEW ORLEANS, LA (The Spread) – Despite commissioner Roger Goodell coming down hard on the New Orleans Saints for their “bounty program,” the team’s 2013 Super Bowl odds didn’t change much.
At the start of the day on Wednesday the Saints were 8/1 to win the 2013 Super Bowl. Following the announcement that head coach Sean Payton would be suspended for one full year, New Orleans’ odds shifted only slightly, climbing to 10/1 at some sports books.
Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 NFL season, which goes into effect on April 1. The team was also fined $500,00 and in addition, because the violation involved a competitive rule, the Saints will forfeit their sections in the second round of the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts.
Saints’ general manager Mickey Loomis was also suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games of the 2012 season, although his punishment doesn’t take effect until after April’s NFL draft. But that was about the only good news the Saints received from the league on Thursday.
Assistant head coach Joe Vitt was also suspended without pay for the first six regular-season games of the 2012 season and former defensive coordinator and current St. Louis Rams coach Gregg Williams is also suspended indefinitely from the NFL. Goodell will review Williams’ status at the conclusion of the 2012 season and consider whether to reinstate him, and, if so, on what terms that will be.