The NFL Super Bowl is, without any doubt, one of the biggest and most expected sports tournaments in the world. However, the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has put on hold the current season. This means that the 2021 season is still in danger of being postponed, or, on the worst-case scenario, canceled.
According to bleacherreport.com, the NFL is currently in a position where pushing the Super Bowl LV back to February 7, 2021, might not be a viable option anymore as the COVID-19 pandemic forces delay the current 2020 season. The other option at hand is to move it to February 28 or, as a last resource, cancel the event if the pandemic forces the season to be even more delayed.
However, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission executive director Rob Higgins, declared that they are still looking forward to planning the Super Bowl for its initial date on February 7, 2021. Despite any warnings. Rob Higgins also declared: “Naturally if things were to come up or things were to change along the way, or need to be changed along the way, we would do so. That's what we do as event planners. But right now, the total focus has been on February 7th and we couldn't be more appreciative of the partnership we have with the NFL.”
We are not sure what the future will bring to the NFL Super Bowl 2021, however, What we can say about it, is that it will be better to have a late Super Bowl rather than no Super Bowl at all. Additionally, despite not having a clear future or an estimated date, bookmakers all over the internet continue to provide odds for the future winner of the next edition of the Super Bowl.
One of the most popular places to make bets and find odds is at Bet365, there you will find the latest information about (almost) every sport in the world including their odds and payouts. Right now, you can even see the payouts for the possible winners of the next Super Bowl.
It is interesting to see how recent events related to the American football world made a drastic change in both the odds and the payouts of a single team. If you are not up the date with the latest news, you must know that Tom Brady will no longer be playing as quarterback for the New England Patriots as he decided to play (and lead) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As reported on cbssports.com, Tom Brady, former quarterback of the New England Patriots, will leave the team to captain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are many reasons why Brady is an exceptional addition to the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay. One of the many is that Brady has five times more playoff wins, six times as many Super Bowl wins, and seven times as many 30-touchdown seasons as all the Buccaneers’ quarterbacks together on the franchise history. According to Brady himself, he has “plans” to turn around the team’s history.
Of course, the news of Tom Brady leaving the Patriots led to shock and surprise, especially in the NFL world. According to Leigh Steinberg, on a column posted on touchdownwire.usatoday.com, he claimed that the reason why Brady left the patriots are numerous, but also, historically common.
“In general, quarterbacks look for stability and continuity throughout their careers. Familiarity with a coach, a system, and surrounding players leads to more productivity [...] A dynamic quarterback is rarely available on the open market in this quarterback-centric era”. According to Steinberg, many of the most talented NFL quarterbacks have finished their careers in different settings. One of the main motivations for Brady was to add to his legacy by leading a different team to win the Super Bowl title.
Of course, the NFL world was not the only one shocked by this news, as they also affected the sports betting world as the odds and payouts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl suffered drastic changes in a matter of days.
According to an official report made by foxnews.com on May 12, 2020; after the Super Bowl LIV was hosted, the Buccaneers opened with odds up at +5000 to win the next season, this information was provided when Jameis Winston was their current quarterback, however, since the announcement of Tom Brady being a new addition to the Buccaneers, their winning odds for the Super Bowl LV increased by a lot. Right now, their odds are at +1200, and, of course, their payouts suffered a severe downfall.
For Tampa Bay, a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 13 years, having their odds at +1200 for just one player represents an incredible change. Right now you could even see that the payouts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bet365 sits on a 12/1 or 12.0; of course, if you compare these number with the previous 50/1 that the Tampa Bay had before adding Brady to the team, you will notice how much the payouts had decreased in just a few days. This information is available at Bet365.com and thelines.com
Even if the NFL Super Bowl LV is still far away from us, and its final date it’s up to the current COVID-19 situation, there is still a lot to look forward to the next year’s season. We should expect to see more changes soon from the rest of the teams to create countermeasures against the new and reformed Buccaneers.
Regardless of the changes, we can say that the next Super Bowl will be, without any doubt, a great tournament for both fans and gamblers where everyone will have one question in mind: will Tom Brady lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the victory of the NFL Super Bowl LV?