AAF Week 1 Line Report
It should come as no surprise that the Vegas and Offshore Sports Books have been hesitant to issue pointspreads and totals for the first round of games in the newly formed Alliance of American Football, or AAF, which kicks off this weekend. The AAF’s inaugural week begins Saturday with two games followed by a pair Sunday afternoon.
It would irresponsible of me to specifically attempt to outline an oddsmakers methods of calculating their idea of the pointspread and the formula that book directors use to formulate an opening line. There is a large variety of different approaches that linemakers take to establish such.
The first outlay of handicaps in the sports betting realm has been attributed to Charles K. McNeil who was a math teacher from Connecticut. Following his tenure in the public service arena he later became a bookmaker in Chicago in the 1940s.
With only a past performance track record of the current AAF player personnel in combination with the coaching styles and history to reference for the Week 1 slate of games the local Vegas sports book directors and Offshore outfits have been hesitant to step out and post a handicap for this weekend’s games.
But with the league set to kick off Saturday the one sure bet for the Saturday and Sunday slate of events was that Vegas wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity to expand their late winter and upcoming spring offerings allowing them to increase their handle via the new American Football league contests.
The World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, Westgate of Las Vegas, have released opening numbers for the AAF Week 1 affairs
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