Critics have called the NFL the ‘No Fun League,’ but the organization’s policy on gambling just isn’t as restrictive to players as people are led to think.
The NFL policy on gambling allows players to gamble in casinos, but to not utilize their names for promotional appearances like this arm wrestling competition at the MGM in Las Vegas.
The assumption is that the competitor can not enjoy a session wagering on craps, blackjack, craps, roulette, video poker and slot devices. For as long as they are on their own time, they can enjoy that activity like any other citizen. They are even allowed to put money straight down on a dog or horse battle. Sports betting, but, remains off limits.
The problem arises when a relationship is had by the professional with those facilities and exploits his celebrity. The argument that it is their own time and they should be allowed to do what they want, but the NFL has made the distinction very clear in several cases and vigorously enforces the regulation from them is.
Promoting Players Prohibited
The league forbids players using their name to publicize any form of association by having a casino. The concern is that it blurs the line between activities betting and soccer.
The current look by more than 30 of these at a ‘Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship’ at the MGM Grand over the weekend was in breach of the NFL’s rules.
The function was co-hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ja Continue reading “NFL Gambling Policy Clear, but Misunderstood by Public”