Rovell: National Anthem Prop Coming Off the Board at Legal Books After Video Reveals Time
Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Recording Academy. Pictured: Jazzmine Sullivan
One of the most popular prop bet seems unlikely to be available on Super Bowl Sunday.
After Florida reporter Zach Maskavich recorded the national anthem rehearsal from outside Raymond James Stadium, legal sportsbooks were forced to adjust.
While betting the length of the anthem is not legal in U.S. sportsbooks, PointsBet in Australia was offering the bet. However, it was pulled off the board with the intention of putting a new number up. But ultimately PointsBet decided not to.
PointsBet in the United States, which was going to offer an in-game prop compared to the anthem length, also has shelved that idea.
Illegal sportsbooks always take action on the novelty prop but have also started taking the option off the board. Leaks are not uncommon for these types of bets, which is one reason they are not offered in legal markets as a straight-up option. To be legal in the United States and approved by gaming commissions, it must be offered against another prop.
The prop had been listed anywhere between 1:57 and 1:59 for length of time. When the recording of the rehearsal inside the stadium revealed a time of 2:16, it threw everything off and made the listed line moot.
In years past the line has changed based on rumors, but the actual recording is more than just hearsay.
The anthem will be performed by Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church.