Football season is over. Go ahead, you can cry, it’s okay. But before we move on to pitchers and catchers and the falling action of the NHL and NBA seasons, I want to address something that really irked me during the Super Bowl. Among the seemingly endless amount of prop bets placed by Ronnie V. (@AyePaisano) and myself, Entry Revel had a pretty solid night. However, one bet didn’t come through and still has me scratching my head.
How did nobody illegally enter the field during the game??
The “yes” pick on someone illegally entering the field during the Super Bowl was +1500. For those who don’t know what that means, it’s just a fancy way of saying 15/1. So, if you bet $10, you win $150 should the bet come through. If someone at the game was aware of these odds, this seems to me like a no brainer. Go to the game, bet enough that you can make bail and keep a little profit, rush the field, go to jail, bail yourself out and reap the rewards of having the biggest balls ever.
In the midst of my drunken disbelief Sunday night, I realized I’m talking an unreasonably big game. I would never do something like this without absolute guarantees that the plan would actually work. We can toss hypothetical numbers around about how much it would take for you to rush the field, but let’s rational about this.
How much money would it actually take for you to rush the field during the Super Bowl?
Now, from my understanding, which could generously be described as “loose,” entering a sports field during a game is generally tried as a misdemeanor trespassing charge. As is important in real estate, the location of the event matters as well. The game took place in Houston, TX, so let’s use Texan law for this case study.
The state of Texas has three different penalties for criminal trespassing, depending on the severity of the crime. Assuming you wouldn’t be entering the field with intent to harm anyone or cause damage to the field, entering the Super Bowl would be considered a Class C Trespassing charge. In Texas, the penalty for a Class C (as we call it in the biz) is, “only punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.” Uhh, are you kidding? That’s an easy yes. In that scenario, you only need to bet $33.34 to post your bail, and you’d still have a dime left over!
On the other hand…
We’re all adults here, so there are other factors that we have to consider. By entering the field, you most certainly will be arrested. No matter how cool you think your boss is, you’ll probably be fired for that. If you’re reading this site, odds are you’re a recent college grad working an entry level job. The latest report/first report I looked at indicated that the average salary for recent college grads is around $45,000.
In order to rush the field, I would want at least a year’s salary to hold me over until I find a new job. I would already have the coolest interview story ever, but a year’s salary seems fair. In addition to the price of the misdemeanor fine, it would take a $3,033.33 bet to make $45,500. Therefore, $45,500 is officially my price.
To be honest, the penalties were not nearly as hard as I thought they would be. Granted, you may find yourself in front of a judge that deems it necessary to set a precedent with punitive charges in order to prevent this from happening again in the future, but that’s a variable I simply won’t account for. So, if you find yourself at the Super Bowl next year, remember this blog and do yourself and your fellow readers a favor. Rush that field and make us all rich. Please.