On Friday, the Dallas Cowboys’ news of an Ezekiel Elliott suspension led Las Vegas sportsbooks to take down betting odds associated with the team. Elliott had been under a lengthy investigation by the NFL for alleged domestic assault against a former girlfriend in 2016. While it had been previously anticipated that the second year running back would be out for a game or two at most, the league handed down a six-game suspension for multiple assaults against his former girlfriend. That means the Cowboys will be without their star running back for much of the first half of their 2017 NFL schedule.
According to ESPN, that also meant the sportsbooks in Las Vegas had to remove many of the betting odds that were available for the Dallas Cowboys’ upcoming season. ESPN staff writer David Purdue indicated that one of the bets removed from the boards was for the Week 1 game involving the Cowboys playing against the New York Giants. Dallas had been listed as a 4.5-point favorite on the spread, but now that’s being recalculated based on the big news of Elliott’s suspension. Another bet removed was for the team’s season win total. The bet was for an over or under of 9.5 total wins this season.