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Sean Payton suspension: Saints odds

New Orleans Saints fans have longer Super Bowl odds Wednesday afternoon after the NFL came down hard on coach Sean Payton and his coaching staff in its Saints punishment.

The investigation of bounties to injure opposing players yielded a one-year ban for the Saints head coach, an indefinite suspension for defensive boss Gregg Williams and more penalties.

The Saints will also lose second-round picks in 2012 and 2013, eroding their prospect stream for the next several years.

"The Saints had been 10/1 odds after a strong finish to 2011, but they dropped to 12/1 over at Bovada within minutes of this announcement," said Jack Randall. "I would expect the odds to fall further as the fallout continues."

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis also faces an eight-game suspension and a $500,000 fine.

“We had to momentarily close down our Super Bowl odds once we heard Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season which was quite a shock to me but at least he stole some of the headlines from Tim Tebow for once," said Kevin Bradley of Bovada

"The Saints we have moved from 10-1 to 12-1 and in turn dropped the Panthers slightly from 40-1 to 30-1 and the Falcons from 28-1 to 25-1."

The NFL revealed in early March an investigation which found more than 20 defensive players for the Saints participated in a 'bounty' system from 2009 to '11 which rewarded individuals with cash for harming opposing players.

"We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game," Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday.

"We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities. No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised."

 

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