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The multi-billion dollar industry that is today’s NFL, the sport that takes over America every Sunday, was born in the showroom of Ralph Hay’s Canton, Ohio car dealership. Up until that day, pro football was a wild west of independent teams that drove salaries out of control as they poached players from rivals, causing all to fall into a state of financial disrepair. This couldn’t go on if professional football was to survive, let alone thrive, so Hay got together with the owners of three other Ohio-based pro clubs and drew up a blueprint.

The bluepirnt was similar to what the MLB had going with the American and National Leagues.

On Sept. 17, 1920, the owners of 11 other teams from cities in Illinois, Indiana and New York, joined three Ohio owners – Masillon, Ohio opted out at the last minute – to form the Amercian Professional Football Association.

So crowded was that original meeting in Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership that the owners, including such football legends as Jim Thorpe and George Halas, were left to sit on the running boards of the cars that were on sale.

They grabbed cold beers from a tub in the middle of the showroom and drew up a schedule for that first season. You wouldn’t have recognized many of the team names. Only the Decatur Staleys – today’s Chicago Bears – and the Chicago Cardinals, forerunners to the Arizona Cardinals, have stood the test of time and remained as NFL franchises to this day.

Thorpe, an Olympian and former New York Yankee often billed as the world’s greatest athlete, was chosen as president of the league and as an active player for the Canton Bulldos, was the only playing-president in the history of what would become the NFL.

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So crowded was that original meeting in Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership that the owners, including such football legends as Jim Thorpe and George Halas, were left to sit on the running boards of the cars that were on sale. [+]

They grabbed cold beers from a tub in the middle of the showroom and drew up a schedule for that first season. You wouldn’t have recognized many of the team names. Only the Decatur Staleys – today’s Chicago Bears – and the Chicago Cardinals, forerunners to the Arizona Cardinals, have stood the test of time and remained as NFL franchises to this day.

Thorpe, an Olympian and former New York Yankee often billed as the world’s greatest athlete, was chosen as president of the league and as an active player for the Canton Bulldos, was the only playing-president in the history of what would become the NFL.

 

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NFL Standings Right Now

Have a look below to reference the NFL standings and find the prospective bets that suit you best. Will it be moneyline, over/under, the spread or does a prop bet tickle your fancy? 

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How To Win At NFL Betting

When you talk about betting on NFL games, there are generally three prominent forms of wagers that are most commonly played – the spread, the moneyline and the total.

Point spreads are the main football bet. You might see this listing – New York Jets -6 MIAMI DOLPHINS. What this simply means is that the Jets are predicted to beat the Dolphins by more than six points in their upcoming game.

Miami is capitalized to indicate that the Dolphins are the home team. If you bet the Jets, they must win by at least seven points in order to cash. For Miami to pay off if you were to wager on the Dolphins, they’d need to lose by less than six points or win the game outright.

A moneyline offering a straight bet on the same game would be based on a wager of $100 and would look something like this – New York Jets (-125) at Miami Dolphins (+140). In this scenario, you’d need to wager $125 to win $100 on the Jets but a $100 bet on the Dolphins would return $140. All you’d need to cash would be for the team you bet to win the game.

A total looks like this – New York Jets 50 Miami Dolphins. It merely means that a sportsbook is predicting that the two teams will combine for 50 points in the game. To bet the total, or the over/under as it’s also called, you bet the under if you think the points total for the game will be less than 50 and you bet the over if you believe the teams will combine for more than 50 points.

Another popular football bet is wagering on the futures market. Almost immediately after the conclusion of the Super Bowl, sportsbooks will list the future odds for the next season’s Super Bowl. From that day forward, you can wager on any team that you think will win the next Super Bowl and the earlier you make the wager, the likelihood is that the odds you will get are greater.

For example, on Feb. 5, 2016, one sportsbook listed the New England Patriots as Super Bowl 51 favorites at +700. The longshots on the board were the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +10,000.

In other words a $100 bet on the Patriots to win the Super Bowl would return $700, while the same bet on the Browns, Buccanneers or 49ers would return $10,000. Of course to cash, they have to win the big game.