NFL Betting: Labor negotiations continue

By: David Schwab | Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The ongoing labor dispute in the NFL between the owners and players has dominated the headlines this offseason. Both sides have recently returned to the bargaining table after initial talks broke down in early March.

Citing a lack of significant progress in the first round of meetings, the players decided to decertify their union on March 11. This in turn resulted in the owners deciding to impose a player lockout a few days later.

New England QB Tom Brady, along with some other high-profile players, filed a class-action suit against the NFL to question, in a court of law, the legality of the owners’ decision to lock them out. This all led up to the recent round of forced mediation with Chief Magistrate Arthur Boylan that started Aril 15 and continue.

U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson ordered that both sides return to the negotiating table while she continues to mull over all the facts in the players’ class-action law suit that has become to be known as ‘Brady et al v. National Football League et al’. The initial hearing on that case took place April 6, but the judge declared that it would take a couple of weeks before she would be ready to render her ruling.

Free agency has been put on hold because of the lockout, but the three-day college draft will proceed as scheduled starting with Round 1 on Thursday night, April 28, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rounds 2 and 3 will take place Friday night and the draft will conclude Saturday afternoon with Rounds 4-7.

More and more mock draft boards have the Carolina Panthers selecting former Auburn quarterback and last season’s Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton with the first overall pick in the draft. Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has Newton going to Carolina first followed by Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to Denver with the second pick.

Next would be Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller going to Buffalo third, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green to Cincinnati fourth, and Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert to Arizona with the fifth overall selection.

Todd McShay, another highly respected draft expert actually agrees with Kiper on his first five selections, which is amazing in its own right given how these two love to contradict one another.

There is also a general consensus for the most part among some of the sports books as to which team has the best and worst chance to win next year’s Super Bowl. Bodog has Green Bay and New England as co-favorites at 7/1 to win it all with Carolina having the longest odds at 125/1. gives the slight edge to the Patriots at plus 625, but the Packers are a close second at plus 650. Buffalo brings up the rear at plus 10000. also gives the slight edge to New England at plus 700 with Green Bay the second favorite at plus 800. The Panthers and Bills are tied at plus 10000 with the longest odds to win it all. has the Packers as the odds-on-favorite at 7.45/1 with the Patriots the second-favorite at 8.05/1. The longest odds to win Super Bowl XLVI once again belong to Carolina and Buffalo at 133.7/1.

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