MNF debacle had 300M impact on gamblers

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MNF debacle had 300M impact on gamblers

From Comcast SportsNetLAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas oddsmakers say 300 million or more changed hands worldwide on a controversial referee call that decided the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.Sports book chief Jay Kornegay said Tuesday that bettors at The LVH casino registered shock, some celebration, then anger when the outcome swung the game in favor of Seahawks bettors."We've seen regular refs blow calls. That's always been part of the sport," Kornegay said. "But this one was just a blatant bad call at the end of the game that decided the outcome of the game."The Seahawks won 14-12 after referees ruled that Seattle receiver Golden Tate came down with the ball in a pile of bodies in the end zone after a Hail Mary pass on the play's last game.The Glantz-Culver line for the game opened favoring the Packers by 4. Had the final play been ruled an interception -- as many players, analysts and fans believed was the right call -- Green Bay would have won by 5 points.The officials ruled on the field that Tate had simultaneous possession with Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, which counts as a reception. The NFL upheld the call on Tuesday."I'm not complaining, but it did feel a little dirty," said Wesley Wong, 25, of Toronto, who said he had a combined 1,000 on the game on wagers on Seattle and a low scoring total.Gambling expert RJ Bell of Las Vegas-based Pregame.com said an estimated two-thirds of bets worldwide were on the Packers, with about 150 million more bet on Green Bay than Seattle."Due to one call by the replacement refs, the bettors lost 150 million, and the bookie won 150 million for a total swing of 300 million on one debatably bad call," Bell said.Mike Colbert, head oddsmaker for Cantor Gaming, which runs seven sports books in Las Vegas and provides betting lines to 90 percent of Nevada's casinos, said Cantor's books took in about 20 percent more money in bets than usual for a Monday night game after a wild weekend.Wong said he made a last-minute parlay bet on Seattle and the under to try to make up for losses on Sunday.Colbert said that as an NFL fan, he felt for bettors who lost because of the play even though his sports books won money."When everything went down, I gotta tell you, I was absolutely sick to my stomach," Colbert said.Casinos had already begun to react to replacement officials before Week 3 began, predicting the most scoring ever across the league.Now, adjustments for replacement referees that were only talked about previously are being factored into betting lines, Colbert said."We've seen it now," Colbert said. "If we do see trends and we see bets, we'll move more aggressively than we did in the past."Teams normally get a 3-point edge factored into the line when they play at home. That home edge could be worth a half-point more with games refereed by replacement officials, depending on the game, Colbert said. Colbert said he believed the Monday night referees got caught up in the excitement of Seattle's home crowd."I'd be willing to make a big bet that if that game is in Green Bay, that play is overturned and they win it," he said.Bettors are also reacting. Wong said he's wagering 20 percent less on NFL games than usual because of the unpredictability of the referees and other factors. He said his friends are cutting their bets in half or talking about avoiding NFL wagers for a few weeks if the replacement officials stay in."I'm willing to put less at risk at this point," Wong said. "I'm not motivated to put that much on the table."Johnny Avello, race and sports director at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino, said plays -- and mistakes -- happen each week throughout the year that decide the outcomes of bets. But this moment was magnified, he said, because it happened at the end of the game and the call single-handedly decided the outcome."If you're a bettor, it's going to be hard to get over," he said. "Some may back off, and that's yet to be seen."

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Prior to the 2015-16 season, the Warriors hired Steve Nash as a consultant.

He isn't in Oakland very often, and he doesn't catch every second of every game, but the two-time MVP provides value to the organization.

"I watch the Warriors because I'm involved with them and I love their team," Nash explained to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report. "But the reality is I don't really watch full games, I just kind of follow and watch bits and pieces. So it's probably bad for me to admit this, but I don't watch a ton other than the Warriors.

"And even with them, I don't watch all their games, though I do as much as I can. I think I have a pretty good feel for them, though. I also think it's important for me in my role to be the person who has an outside view of the Warriors and not be in the forest with the same unlimited amount of data and intimacy that they all have.

"I can come in from 30,000 feet, provide that view -- like, 'Don't forget a fundamental thing here that you created, Steve Kerr.'"

[RELATED: How Steve 'Yoda' Nash helped Kevin 'Unicorn' Durant]

Nash played an instrumental role in helping Durant rehab from the knee injury he sustained on Feb. 28.

While the Warriors were busy trying to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Nash was in the practice facility with the eventual Finals MVP.

"Steve was here so I was able to get my rhythm working with him," Durant explained in his documentary Still KD. "He's probably one of the most skilled players ever. All the little one-dribble pull-up stuff, pick-and-roll stuff -- he critiques. He texts me after most games. We talk about stuff I need to work on.

"Just balance. You see why I do a lot of squats and shots -- mainly to get my core right, balance right. He's a guru with that. We call him Yoda. Got my Yoda work in with Steve."

Nash is a future Hall of Famer.

He captured back-to-back MVPs in 2005 and 2006.

He knows what he's talking about and Kerr listens.

"It's just that you're in the eye of the storm when you're a head coach," Nash detailed. "You have the management team, coaching staff, film staff, analytics team, training staff and playing team, and you're trying to manage all that and it's overwhelming. And then you have the media responsibilities.

"I don't know that I help at all, but I would think my value would be to help provide more of a clear-headed view from the outside. It's not like I have huge opinions, but I do have my point of view and perspective, and it's different because I'm not there."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

49ers offense: Top competitions entering training camp

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49ers offense: Top competitions entering training camp

The 49ers open training camp next week in Santa Clara with a number of competitions going on simultaneously on both sides of the ball.

Coach Kyle Shanahan did not hire an offensive coordinator. He will assume the role of running the offense, as he atempts to remake the 49ers' offense to his specifications.

Brian Hoyer is set at quarterback. Joe Staley will line up at left tackle. Kyle Juszcyzk was signed as the highest-priced fullback in the NFL, and the starting wide receivers figure to be Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin.

After that, things are a lot less certain.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ top four training camp battles on offense...

INTERIOR O-LINE
The tackle positions appear straight-forward with Staley and Trent Brown – though Brown will have to hold off Garry Gilliam to retain his starting job.

But there are a lot of options for the 49ers at the three interior positions. Zane Beadles started all 16 games last season at three different positions. He enters camp as the front-runner to start at left guard.

Jeremy Zuttah, who was added to the Pro Bowl roster at center last season, came to the 49ers in an offseason trade with the Baltimore Ravens. Zuttah and Daniel Kilgore will compete for the starting job. Tim Barnes, who started 32 games the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, is in the mix, too.

If Zuttah is not the starting center, he can transition to either guard position to compete with Beadles on the left side or, more likely, the right side.

Joshua Garnett, whom former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke traded up to select in the first round of the 2016 draft, will have to show dramatic improvement over his rookie season to return as the starter at right guard.

Brandon Fusco, who spent his first six NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, started 16 games at left guard in 2015 and 14 games last season at right guard.

TIGHT END
It is within the realm of possibility the 49ers could have a complete overhaul at tight end, as none of the five players who finished the season with the team is a lock to win a roster spot.

The 49ers selected George Kittle in the fifth round. He showed a lot of promise with the best showing of any tight end during the team’s offseason program. The 49ers this offseason also added blocking tight end Logan Paulsen, who has experience in Kyle Shanahan’s scheme, and undrafted rookie pass-catcher Cole Hikutini.

Vance McDonald was the subject of trade talks during the draft – just months after signing a contract extension with $9.1 million in guaranteed money. Garrett Celek and Blake Bell also face stiff competition in order to be back on the 53-man roster.

RUNNING BACK
Carlos Hyde is entering the final year of his original four-year contract, and he has competition for the first time since Frank Gore’s exit cleared the way for him to be the featured back.

Shanahan and running backs coach Bobby Turner handpicked former Utah running back Joe Williams for their scheme. Williams got off to a slow start after joining the offseason program, but he eventually put himself into a position to compete for a significant role in training camp.

Veteran additions Tim Hightower and Kapri Bibbs will be competing for roles in the backfield, as well. Undrafted rookie Matt Breida had an impressive offseason during the non-padded practices.

SLOT RECEIVER
Jeremy Kerley was one of the few free agents from last year’s team that the 49ers had any interest in re-signing. Kerley was the best receiver on the team a year ago -- and it wasn’t even close. He caught 64 passes for 667 yards for the league's least-productive passing game.

The 49ers selected Trent Taylor in the fifth round, and he made an immediate impact during the offseason program after catching 136 passes for 1,803 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Louisiana Tech.

A year ago, Bruce Ellington was the 49ers’ best receiver during training camp before his season came to an abrupt end with a torn hamstring in an exhibition game. The onus is on Ellington to remain healthy and prove himself to the new coaching staff.