Patriots won't appeal punishment
FOXBORO, MA (The Spread) - Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday that the team will not appeal their $1 million fine and loss draft pick as a result of "Deflategate."
On top of the $1 million fine, the league will also strip the Patriots of their 2016 first-round pick, as well as their 2017 fourth-round selection. Kraft said he was accepting the punishment for the greater good of the league, although some speculate that the Pats are waving the white flag in hopes Tom Brady's four-game suspension will be reduced.
Speaking of Brady, his four-game ban will still be appealed by the NFLPA. Conspiracy theorist have surmised that Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have an arrangement that since the Patriots accepted their punishment that the NFL and NFLPA will go easier on Brady. We'll see.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Patriots are 17/2 to win the 2016 Super Bowl, putting them behind the Seahawks (6/1), Packers (7/1) and Colts (8/1).