When they robbed the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the replacement referees didn’t just hurt one of the league’s more beloved franchises and a perennial Super Bowl contender, they also hosed the many, many people who had action on the game.
According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, anywhere from $150 to $250 million worldwide shifted when the Seattle Seahawks earned a 14-12 victory that should have been 12-7 loss. Seeing as the line going in was 3.5 and anywhere from 70 to 80 percent of the bets placed were put on the Packers (via The Big Lead), you can just imagine the reaction in various sportsbooks when gamblers saw that ridiculous touchdown ruling.
Actually, you don’t have to imagine it – here is what it sounded like:
Danny Sheridan, the guy who sets USA Today’s lines, told Rovell that he believed $1 billion in total cash changed hands last night. However, seeing as he’s the only one presenting a figure that high – take his assessment with a grain of salt.