One of the most famous Super Bowl prop bets is the length of the national anthem and for the second time—it has ended in controversy.
The first time was when Christina Aguilera forgot a verse of the anthem prior to Super Bowl 45 leading the anthem to go under.
And last night, it was Gladys Knight doing the opposite—saying the final word “brave” a second time—to make it go over.
If you count Knight's anthem after the first brave, the record would show she finished at 1:49, according to Bovada and OddsShark . Most prop bets had the length at 1:50, so the second brave would have sent it way over. While most books drew the line at the under, BetOnline.AG is paying out both the over and under.
"Most sports books are choosing to pay under bettors, while some are sticking with their initial ruling on the over. But BetOnline.ag is going another route, and they're currently the only sports book paying out both sides of the bet due to the controversial ending," the company said a statement.
BetOnline.ag is predicting a six-figure loss because of the decision.
Some books are grading the national anthem as an UNDER, ruling that the song ended before Gladys Knight said "brave" for a second time.
As we mentioned earlier, this prop bet is among the favorites, so there are millions of dollars at stake with this otherwise seemingly silly decision on two braves.
And to think people were worried about kneeling during the anthem.
Turns out the controversy came not from being unpatriotic—but from being too patriotic.
Source: Sporting News
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