Favre retirement impacts Green Bay odds in NFL

Mar 5, 2008 7:00 AM

by Mark Mayer | Brett Favre’s retirement from the NFL had an immediate impact on futures odds across the board at Las Vegas sports books.

Wynn Las Vegas wasted little time in adjusting Green Bay’s od ds to win the Super Bowl from 12-1 to 30-1. The odds to win the NFC Central also rose from 5-1 to 12-1.

"Maybe the kid (Aaron) Rodgers will do the job, but Favre played every snap," said John Avello, director of race and sports operations at Wynn. "Right now, the Minnesota Vikings have passed them in the division."

In the spirit of cause and effect, as Green Bay went down, several teams were moved up.

"The odds have to adjust," Avello said. "We made Minnesota and Philadelphia the teams that benefit most. The Eagles have made some nice moves, including the signing of Assante Samuel from New England."

Avello is convinced Favre won’t back off on his decision to leave the Packers, but at least one Sports book is skeptical.

"We’re going to keep Green Bay’s odds as it is for now," said Mike Colbert, head honcho at The Plaza downtown. "I feel that in a couple of months Favre could come back."

If the contrarian view of Favre’s decision doesn’t play out, expect the odds at the Plaza to double. Right now, Green Bay is 10-1 to win the Super Bowl and 6-1 to take the NFC.

"I think the odds will indeed double if Favre stays retired," said Pascal Bartoli, race and sports book supervisor at The Plaza. "It’s definitely going to affect not only the Packers, but the entire NFC. I think the projected win total would go down by at least 2."