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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
BBAO: At least $150 million in bets shifted

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Good morning, everyone. And really, it is a good one. The NFL has been exposed for the fraud it tried to pull over its players, coaches, executives, fans, advertisers and partners. The tipping point has arrived, I have to think.

Now, in the aftermath of the Green Bay Packers losing Monday night's game in Seattle on a botched call by replacement officials on the final play, we wait. We wait for an NFL response, presumably via statement later Tuesday. I don't think commissioner Roger Goodell will overturn the outcome, as we discussed earlier Tuesday morning, but you have to think we're on the way toward officiating order being restored.

Otherwise, we're headed toward scary territory. As ESPN.com's Darren Rovell noted, between $150 million and $250 million in bets changed hands as a result of that final play. Those are some pretty big numbers and should rightfully draw scrutiny from those concerned about the integrity of the game.

While we have a second, let's catch up on local coverage in the NFC North. I'll warn you in advance this will be a Packers-heavy day.