One of the first things that people can gamble on during a Super Bowl broadcast is the time it takes for the national anthem to be sung. Gladys Knight had the honor this year, and performed a solid rendition ahead of the game.
For bettors, there is some controversy, though.
At the time of the performance, it looked like a pretty solid over.
Most sportsbooks had the over/under mark at 1:49 or 1:50, and Knight sang for about two minutes, give or take a second.
unofficial anthem time: 2:01.
— VSiN (@VSiNLive) February 3, 2019
Apparently, there is some controversy now, about the true time of Gladys Knight’s national anthem.
According to Action Network’s Darren Rovell, one sportsbook has reversed its decision on paying out the over.
He says that on second viewing, it appears that Knight repeated the word “brave” twice at the end, and that the book is only counting the first utterance of “brave.”
JUST IN: There's controversy over the Gladys Knight national anthem.
One sportsbook graded the OVER as a win and then took it back.
Apparently, she might have said "BRAVE" twice.
First brave would have made it the UNDER. End of second brave would have made it the OVER.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 3, 2019
Judge for yourself:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 3, 2019
Knight’s rendition received almost universal praise, but if more sportsbooks start to flip their decisions, there are going to be some angry bettors, whose prop bets days have gotten off to a bad start.
If those same people had the over, they’re definitely not thrilled. The game is scoreless, late in the first quarter.