Whether you read basketball news or you follow hockey, chances are you don’t have to worry about players holding out for more money, but in the NFL it has increased in recent years as players are looking to get paid in a violent sport before something happens to end their career. How will these holdouts affect a player’s performance?
For starters, a player that is away from a team during offseason workouts is going to be behind their teammates a little in terms of being in shape, and no matter how much they work out on their own, it isn’t the same as working with your teammates, especially if you’re a rookie. It builds a camaraderie that could come in handy later in the season, and it takes a few games for a player to get into shape. Just ask Tennessee running back Chris Johnson.
It could also hurt a player if there is a new coach or a new system that they have to learn and again, they’ll be behind their teammates, so these players will likely be left on the sidelines and that hurts a team’s sports betting online odds. You want your best players on the field in the biggest situations, and a player who has held out may be avoided until the head coach feels they’re up to speed.
Even though it is a business and players have to do what is right for them, much like teams do what’s best for them, both sides should try to avoid a holdout if possible to keep their sports betting chances afloat.