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XLVII: Big Bets, Fewer Viewers

Gamblers placed $98.9 million in bets on Super Bowl XLVII – breaking the record of $94.5 million (set seven years ago when Pittsburgh defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL). Casinos retained $7.3 million of that total – a slightly below average take. What cost bookmakers? The penultimate play of the…

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Gamblers placed $98.9 million in bets on Super Bowl XLVII – breaking the record of $94.5 million (set seven years ago when Pittsburgh defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL). Casinos retained $7.3 million of that total – a slightly below average take.

What cost bookmakers? The penultimate play of the game, in which Baltimore Ravens’ punter Sam Koch took a safety. This two-point score for the San Francisco didn’t impact the point spread (the 49ers entered the game as five-point favorites) but it did force casinos to pay out 9-to-1 to any gambler who bet on the Super Bowl including a safety.

“The House” has only lost on the Super Bowl twice in the last two decades – most recently in 2008, when the New York Giants’ upset of the New England Patriots cost casinos $2.6 million.

While betting on the big game was up, viewership was down for the first time in seven years. A total of 108.4 million Americans tuned in to the most-watched television event of the year – down from 111.3 million a year ago and 111 million in 2011.

Baltimore defeated San Francisco 34-31 to capture the franchise’s second Super Bowl. The Ravens enjoyed a commanding 28-6 lead early in the third quarter but surrendered 17 unanswered points to the 49ers following a 34-minute delay caused by a power outage in the New Orleans Superdome.

In fact San Francisco had a chance to take its first lead of the game with less than two minutes remaining but referees failed to call a defensive holding penalty against Ravens’ cornerback Jimmy Smith – who clearly grabbed 49ers’ wide receiver Michael Crabtree on a pivotal fourth-and-goal play with 1:46 remaining in the game.

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2 comments

Supper Bowl February 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Yawn……………………….

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BigT February 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

2 teams EVERYBODY hated…so why watch…

Not to mention, Christian Bigotry has all but banned Tebow…and Culliver had his freedom of thought, speech and expression Ripped from him by the Gay Gestapo and its NFL enablers…

Liberals F&^* up EVERYTHING they touch..and their hate and bitterness is Damaging the NFL…and the Stupid F*#ks who pay the bils are sittin’ there like idiots, noddin’ and smilin’ while the Ignorant (like Obama) kills the Golden Goose they cooked…

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