As of Monday July 25, 2011, the NFL players and owners had reached a tentative agreement on ending the lockout. Sports betting fans were relieved to hear that, but Tuesday morning, both sides made it official. Now that the online casino games sites know that the players are back to work, the only question remaining is what kind of free agency schedule will be implemented. The NFL has been releasing tentative schedules for weeks now, but the actual schedule that is being followed works at a much faster pace than anticipated.
On Tuesday July 26, teams can begin negotiating with their own free agents and free agents from other teams. The teams can also sign their own draft picks and undrafted free agents, but no other free agent signings are allowed to take place. Tuesday is also the day that trades are allowed to start. There were some minor trades early in the day, but the big action is expected to be during free agency signing.
From Tuesday to Thursday, teams need to be at 90 players for the opening of their training camps. But, at this point, no team is allowed to sign any free agent just yet. Waivers opens on Thursday which means that teams can start cutting players.
At 6pm EST on Friday July 29, the free agency signing period begins. Teams can sign their own free agents and free agents from other teams. It will be a chaotic week in the NFL, and it will be unlike anything the league has ever seen.
Sports betting experts love to debate the fate of top teams in each sport. The Green Bay Packers were the 2010 NFC Champions and went on to win Super Bowl XLV. The online casino games players are wondering who will take the NFC crown this year. Let’s take a look at the top contenders.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers made the playoffs last year despite key injuries on offense and defense for much of the season. The Packers start this season healthy, and if they can stay healthy then there is no reason to think that they cannot make it back to the NFC Championship game and win it.
The Falcons drafted wide receiver Julio Jones in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, and instantly made itself a contender for the NFC crown this year. Giving quarterback Matt Ryan a deep threat receiver to go along with Roddy White almost seems unfair. When you put running back Michael Turner in the mix, you have a team that all other NFC teams should fear.
Michael Vick was still a sort of novelty last season. He did maintain his place in the pocket more often than he has in the past, but his decision-making in the playoffs is one of the things that cost the Eagles a win in the wild card round. Vick has done nothing but improve since he returned to the NFL, and there is no reason to think that he will stop improving. With that Eagles defense and the offensive weapons around Michael Vick, the Eagles look to be a contender in 2011.
Pick: Green Bay Packers
The Packers were a better team than people gave them credit for in 2010. Green Bay should have no problem dominating its way to another NFC title in 2011.
NFL betting enthusiasts hoping that the 2011 – 12 seasons are played come September, have received great news, as the owners and players unions appear to be ready to sign a new collective bargaining agreement deal. With roughly three months left for sports betting enthusiasts to make their futures wagers, here is our prediction for which team will win the AFC Championship.
The AFC features two of the toughest divisions in all of sports, the AFC East and the AFC North. Over the last four years, the AFC Champion has come from one of those divisions three times, as the New England Patriots represented the AFC in 2008, and Pittsburgh Steelers were the AFC Champion in 2009 and 2011. For all intents and purposes, heading into the 2011 – 12 seasons, the AFC Champion will once again come from that division.
Heading into September, the New York Jets of the AFC East enter the campaign with a ton to prove. The Jets shocked the NFL during the 2009 – 10 seasons as they went from a team on a rebuild, to within a win of going to the Super Bowl. Then last season, the Jets once again came within a win of the Super Bowl as they lost to eventual runner up the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This offseason, the Jets need to resign the majority of their offense, as Brad Smith, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are all free agents. If all goes according to plan, the Jets should be able to resign at least two of the three aforementioned players. While Smith is a phenomenal kickoff return man, let’s hope the Jets sign both Edwards and Holmes.
The other big need for the Jets is a backup quarterback, who can step in if Mark Sanchez gets injured. New York is a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl in nearly 40 years; however this year appears to be the year they do so.
Today is officially the 91st day of the NFL lockout, in which the most popular league in sports betting history is preventing its players union from working. While the lockout has officially been on for three months time, most betting online handicappers will tell you that the lockout began unofficially almost 12 months ago, on August 29th, when talks between the NFL and PA began to disintegrate. For sports fan not following the NFL, here is a quick overview of the lockout.
In February 2010, the Players Union proposed to the NFL that the salary cap be extended for one more year, even though the CBA from 2006 stated that the salary cap be abolished after the 2011 season. As a result the NFL franchise owners rejected the NFLPA’s offer and during Super Bowl weekend, DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFLPA told media outlets that the lockout would probably happen before the 2011 season. However, both sides were able to avoid the lockout until after the 2011 season.
Fast forward to March of 2011, US District Judge David Doty rules that $4 Billion of the $9 Billion the 32 franchises receive in NFL TV sharing revenue will be cut off in the event of a lockout. Literally two weeks after the ruling, the NFLPA decertifies in an attempt to get the owners to succumb to their proposal. Instead, the owner’s and NFL administration lockout the players and three months later here we are still entrenched in a lockout with two lawsuits.
The main issues being contested between the NFL and NFLPA are threefold. Firstly, the NFLPA wants a big percentage of the revenue that the NFL makes. As it stands, the NFLPA makes $140 million a year which is roughly 60 percent of what the NFL makes. Conversely, the NFL makes $9billion annually, and feels that the NFLPA is making enough money as is.
Secondly, the owners want to get rid of the rookie wage scale, after several draft busts put teams in financial trouble. For instance, in 2007 when the Oakland Raiders drafted JaMarcus Russell they gave him $60 million in guaranteed salary thanks to the rookie wage scale. In order to avoid the stupidity of the owners, they feel a rookie wage scale should be nullified.
Thirdly, the NFL wants to create an 18 game schedule in order to make more money for themselves without sharing with the NFLPA. However, as the theme of this whole lockout suggests, the players aren’t willing to budge unless they receive a bigger cut of the pie. The 18 game schedules is one staple of a reduced salary cap proposal. In essence, the reduction of the salary cap means the players make less for playing more games.
In only a few short days Super Bowl betting enthusiasts from across the globe will be taking in the 2010-11 edition of the NFL's Championship game. This year's Super Bowl 45 betting matchup featuring the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, marks the first ever matchup between the two clubs in playoff action. Furthermore, this will be the first Super Bowl to be held in Arlington, Texas at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The stadium itself is expected to bring in the biggest crowd in NFL history, at 105,000 people. Here is a preview of the game.
Donald Driver and Greg Jennings meet Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. Historically, two ground and pound defensive oriented teams, the 2010-11 editions of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, are now known for an emphasis on the aerial offense with little regard if any for the run. Now that isn't to say, that the run isn't still a crucial part of either teams offense, as throughout this year's playoffs, football handicapping fans have seen the emergence of Rashard Mendenhall in Pittsburgh and James Starks in Green Bay.
However, as we saw with the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are clearly a pass oriented offense as the young pivot passed for nearly 4,000 yards during the regular season. Meanwhile, for Rodgers counterpart Ben Roethlisberger, passing the ball to Hines Ward since 2005 and Mike Wallace the last three years, has been as common as handing the ball off to Mendenhall.
On paper, all signs point to a Pittsburgh victory as the Steelers have big game experience on their side, along with one of the best defensive lines in the history of the NFL. For the Green Bay Packers, despite being inexperienced in big games, and not having won a Super Bowl title in 16 years, the Packers, appear to finally be hitting their stride and gelling as a unit. Prediction Green Bay 30 Pittsburgh 24