Will Belichick be suspended for SBXIX?
FOXBORO, MA (The Spread) - Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are both denying that they had anything to do with the deflated balls that were used in the AFC title game but will they escape punishment?
On Thursday Belichick said he had "no explanation" for why 11 out of 12 balls that the Patriots used in the first half of the AFC Championship Game last Sunday were inflated with two pounds less of pressure than required by the league.
"In my entire coaching career, never talked to any player or staff member about football air pressure," Belichick said while repeatedly saying he had no knowledge of the situation.
Later that afternoon, Brady also denied any wrongdoing while saying he's disappointed the ball-deflation allegations have taken away from next Sunday's Super Bowl matchup with the Seahawks.
But will the league buy any of it? The odds are currently in the Patriots' favor, or at least in Belichick's favor.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the odds that Belichick will be suspended for the Super Bowl in wake of "Deflategate" are +750 on the money line and -1500 that he won't be suspended for XLIX. The odds that he'll be suspended at least one game (the Super Bowl or otherwise) are +150 while the odds he won't face any suspension are -200.
There have been no odds released for whether Brady faces suspension but we wouldn't be surprised to see prop bets released for that scenario. The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites over the Seahawks for Super Bowl XLIX.