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NFL Votes To Allow Lottery Sponsorships

On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained that there is a significant difference between true lotteries and sports wagering.
That theory is soon to be put to the test in the court of public opinion.
Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the league’s owners voted Tuesday to allow teams to align with state lotteries, which will result in team logos appearing on lottery tickets.
In our view, it’s a tricky proposition for the league.  Though we agree that a fundamental difference exists between scratch-and-lose tickets and betting on the outcome of games, we think that a bunch of people might regard the league’s position as a tad hypocritical.
In the minds of many, gambling is gambling, regarding of whether it involves rubbing the edge of a coin over that metallic paint stuff or taking the Steelers and giving the points.
So look for the NFL to take some heat on this one, even as its teams tap into a new recession-proof revenue stream.

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  1. Vito says: May 20, 2009 11:00 AM

    They should definitely keep getting involved in state government affairs and sue them for allowing gambling though.

  2. TealDeal says: May 20, 2009 11:09 AM

    What are they going to do with the logos anyway? I guess TICKET will mean a seat now?

  3. bizurk says: May 20, 2009 11:15 AM

    think of the potential for statistical education…. the lottery: roughly akin to hoping your 10 year old’s team could complete an 80 yard bomb against the ’85 Bears defense….. but, you never know until you play!

  4. gameday says: May 20, 2009 11:19 AM

    Not just a “tad” hypocritical, It is BLATANTLY hypocritical for the league to ok aligning with state lotteries but fight against a state wanting to allow sports wagering.
    All about the G R E E D!
    If the NFL gets a slice, then its ok?
    Gambling is gambling, I know people addicted to sports wagering, casino gambling, and scratch off tickets.
    whats the difference between losing hundreds on an NFL game, or losing hundreds over the course of a week on scratch off tickets?

  5. DBFLASteelerfan says: May 20, 2009 11:37 AM

    Perhaps greedy NFL owners can build their own stadiums now with their piece of lottery action rather than making taxpayers help them pay for it.
    It’s bad enough that we have to watch the countless erectile dysfunction commercials while trying to watch a game with your family. Now it’s going to be daddy what’s a 4 hour erection and can I go spend my allowance on NFL lottery tickets?
    DISGUSTING!

  6. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 20, 2009 11:42 AM

    NFL Votes To Allow Lottery Sponsorships
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 20, 2009, 10:57 a.m. EDT
    On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained that there is a significant difference between true lotteries and sports wagering.
    That theory is soon to be put to the test in the court of public opinion.
    Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the league’s owners voted Tuesday to allow teams to align with state lotteries, which will result in team logos appearing on lottery tickets.
    In our view, it’s a tricky proposition for the league. Though we agree that a fundamental difference exists between scratch-and-lose tickets and betting on the outcome of games, we think that a bunch of people might regard the league’s position as a tad hypocritical.
    In the minds of many, gambling is gambling, regarding of whether it involves rubbing the edge of a coin over that metallic paint stuff or taking the Steelers and giving the points.
    So look for the NFL to take some heat on this one, even as its teams tap into a new recession-proof revenue stream.
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    4 Responses to “NFL Votes To Allow Lottery Sponsorships”
    Vito says:
    May 20th, 2009 at 11:00 am
    They should definitely keep getting involved in state government affairs and sue them for allowing gambling though.
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    TealDeal says:
    May 20th, 2009 at 11:09 am
    What are they going to do with the logos anyway? I guess TICKET will mean a seat now?
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    bizurk says:
    May 20th, 2009 at 11:15 am
    think of the potential for statistical education…. the lottery: roughly akin to hoping your 10 year old’s team could complete an 80 yard bomb against the ‘85 Bears defense….. but, you never know until you play!
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    gameday says:
    May 20th, 2009 at 11:19 am
    Not just a “tad” hypocritical, It is BLATANTLY hypocritical for the league to ok aligning with state lotteries but fight against a state wanting to allow sports wagering.
    All about the G R E E D!
    If the NFL gets a slice, then its ok?
    Gambling is gambling, I know people addicted to sports wagering, casino gambling, and scratch off tickets.
    whats the difference between losing hundreds on an NFL game, or losing hundreds over the course of a week on scratch off tickets?
    ____________
    Well the difference is obviously that having NFL logos on scratch tickets doesn’t have any chance of influencing a game. Someone putting a couple mil down on a game might also have some extra cash to spread around to have a guy throw the game. Calls the legitimacy of the game into question.
    I understand that sports betting is legal now in some places and takes place practically everywhere, so spreading it shouldn’t have any effect. If someone wants to bet on sports (legally), they can just go to vegas and if they want to influence the game by bribing a guy (a la the Steelers/refs in both their recent superbowls), they can go ahead and do that. The NFL’s issue with it is that they want to contain it to reduce the public perception that it could influence things.

  7. monger says: May 20, 2009 11:46 AM

    The difference is that state run lotteries are nothing more than a voluntary tax on people who are bad at math, but sports gambling is for any idiot who thinks he knows more than the big gambling houses.
    If you want to talk about NFL hypocrisy regarding gambling, refresh my memory on why the NFL is so concerned about the accuracy and completeness of teams’ injury reports.

  8. Alabama leprechaun says: May 20, 2009 11:53 AM

    @ EverybodyGotAIDS
    You win the longest post game.
    You are also 100% right.

  9. Tdogg says: May 20, 2009 12:10 PM

    Sounds like a Church protesting local casino development as the Devil’s work….but don’t forget to come out to Bingo on Saturday….

  10. tinshaker says: May 20, 2009 12:15 PM

    They should allow you to take the over/under on those scratch offs!

  11. bayeres says: May 20, 2009 12:19 PM

    In NY we have two scratch off games featuring the Yankees and Mets. Same basic idea as every other scratch off (match your “lucky” number and win) but i’m sure they’ll have a special prize associated with the team.

  12. psubeerman says: May 20, 2009 12:34 PM

    Doesn’t the NFL make enough money? Why put your logo on a lottery ticket when you know it’ll cause some kinda of negative press? Is it really necessary? It sounds greedy and stupid to me.

  13. Alabama leprechaun says: May 20, 2009 12:47 PM

    “In NY we have two scratch off games featuring the Yankees”
    I can see the Yankee scratch ticket.
    Win the first three…….then lose 4 in a row.
    (2004 ALCS joke for those who don’t know.)

  14. emorockstar says: May 20, 2009 1:46 PM

    virtually a non-story.
    anyone upset with the scratch-offs should first ask why state government-funded organizations are helped by “gambling”.

  15. Old School says: May 20, 2009 5:52 PM

    Roger has taken the NFL to where the football part is incidental to raking in the dough from every source and in any way imaginable.

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