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NFL Drug Testing May Affect Odds

NFL drug testing is being praised as an important step in player health and rooting out cheaters but it may have a spinoff impact in an unlikely area - sports betting.

While the NFL testing program will take samples on game days this season, presumably test results won't be returned before game time, making a player ineligible that day. But what if the league commences morning testing and can flag players before night games?

What if a player figures he might get caught and declares himself inactive at the last minute due to some other injury or cause?

"How would you like to have your $100 bet down on your favorite team and then see 10 minutes before game time that five players are suddenly inactive?" hypothecized Jack Randall.

It could create more late betting on games as fans wait until the last minute to see who is not playing.

"Regardless of the impact on betting, it's a solid and important step forward for the game obviously," added Randall.

The league announced the testing last week as part of the new CBA and online sportsbook Bovada quickly posted NFL drug testing odds to add more banter on the topic.

It made the 'Yes a player will be caught during the 2011 season' the favorite choice at -200. That means a $20 wager would return a $10 profit if the testing catches a cheat.

The 'no' side is a +150 underdog, meaning $10 risked returns a $15 profit if the season produces zero positive tests for performance enhancing drugs. The program is not designed to check for marijuana and other recreational drugs.

More NFL drug testing odds, as provideed today by Bovada:

Will an NFL Player test positive for HGH during the 2011 NFL Season (Including Playoffs)    
Yes                  -200
No                    +150

What will be the position of the first player to test positive for HGH during the 2011 NFL Season (Including Playoffs)   
Offense             -110
Defense            -130

What will be the position of the first player to test positive for HGH during the 2011 NFL Season (Including Playoffs)   
Defensive Line               5/2
Offensive Line                3/1
Wide Receiver/Tight End 4/1
Linebacker                    4/1
Safety/DB                     4/1
Running Back                5/1
Quarterback                  7/1
Kicker/Punter                10/1