Prepare, sports bettors, to hear some statements you've never heard before.
"I'll take the Commanders and the points."
"Give me the Over on the Iron-Fleet matchup."
"The money line on the Apollos is a lock!"
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The Alliance of American Football stages its coming-out party on the second weekend of February with a four-pack of games. Let's line up the teams alphabetically and introduce them: Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, San Diego Fleet.
Your favorite sportsbooks likely will be open for business as they hope to piggyback on whatever momentum from the NFL season remains.
We talked to three current or former members of the industry on topics that might interest gamblers intrigued by the newborn league.
With so little data and information to rely on, how will early lines be set?
Oddsmakers are poring over rosters and assigning grades to players. For now, that's about all they can do.
At MGM Resorts, which has a sponsorship deal with the league, staffers are teaming up with two non-MGM personnel to reach a consensus.
"It's a big mystery now," acknowledged Jay Rood, MGM's Vice President, race and sports. "I don't think any of us are going to be super-confident with lines in Week One."
At offshore sportsbook BetDSI, a few in-house oddsmakers have been analyzing the squads.
"However, with a new league like this, we'll certainly have a close eye on the rest of the U.S.-facing shops," its odds consultant, Jacob Crossman, said.
"Lines will certainly be softer early in the season when there is no real data or past history. We are expecting the odds to be very similar to what we generally see in the NFL preseason for at least the first couple weeks, as no one wants to take the chance of making a team a big favorite when there are so many unknowns."
Micah Roberts, the SportsLine expert and longtime former sportsbook director, echoed them, saying, "It's going to be a learning session."
Will limits be imposed on wagers, at least in the opening weeks?
MGM likely will start with a $3,000 maximum on point spreads and $500 on totals and money lines, Rood projected.
Limits could be adjusted specifically for individual bettors, he added.
At BetDSI, look for modest $100 limits early in the week that rise to $500 on game days, according to Crossman.
"Until we get a handle on the league and teams, we won't want to expose ourselves to lofty limits that sharps might be able to take advantage of," he explained.
In general, expect limits that are a fraction of the standard for the NFL, observed Roberts.
For example, if NFL bets top out at $20,000 for the regular season at a sportsbook, "it wouldn't allow more than $2,000 to $5,000 (on AAF) because this is such new territory."
Will prop bets be offered?
Yes, but not everywhere yet. MGM, for one, is holding off.
BetDSI will offer them out of the gate but with a low limit of $100.
Roberts endorses immediately providing props, even though he acknowledged they are driven somewhat by coaching philosophies, which are unknown at this point.
The league would welcome props. In an interview, CEO Charlie Ebersol confirmed that players can collect extra pay based on bets plunked down on their props.
What about in-game wagering?
MGM probably will wait to launch it during the playoffs, Rood noted.
BetDSI remains on the fence, according to Crossman, with no determination yet, though he considers the option promising.
As for sportsbooks not rushing it, "I can understand that," Roberts said.
Crossman did pledge to include second-half wagering right off the bat at the offshore site.
AAF title odds
Odds have been posted on which team will hoist the trophy at the inaugural title game on April 27 in Las Vegas. The early favorite: The Arizona Hotshots at 5/2.