Ruins near Tulum, Mexico. (credit: Shane Lambert)
The Long Count Calendar typically associated with the Mayans ends in 2012 and many, including some popular sportsbooks, think it marks the end of the world.
Those looking to bet the 2012 Australian Open, the 2012 Super Bowl, and the 2012 NCAA football BCS bowl games may soon bump into a barrier.
The Mayan Calendar ends in the year 2012 and many people think that the end of the calendar is ominous, marking the end of civilization as we know it and even the end of the human species.
Scientists and intellectuals do not endorse that position as Susan Milbrath, "a Maya archaeoastronomer and a curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History", has stated: "it would be impossible the Maya themselves would have known that." She continued: "we have no record or knowledge that they would think the world would come to an end at that point" (Mibrath is quoted by USA Today
However a sportsbook headed by self-professed pseudoscientist Zladimirov R. Standingtall thinks that his sportsbook and others should be suspending futures markets betting for 2012: "It's just not right to take bets in," Standingtall told CrunchSports, "when we can't be sure that the events will actually take place."
Standingtall is recommending that all sports betting for the year 2012 be eliminated as a pre-caution and when asked what should happen to placed bets in the event of a catastrophe or cataclysm Standingtall recommended "pushing" the bets as his firm does when a tennis player fails to complete a match.
Before getting into sports betting Standingtall sold Y2K insurance and he is one of the few proponents of phrenology remaining in the world. Those looking for "Mayan Calendar Insurance" on their bets can use the following promo code: April Fool's.