NFL allows players to engage in certain types of gambling

The NFL’s gambling policy has received extensive attention in recent days, thanks to the fantasy football convention organized by Tony Romo and canceled because it was scheduled to occur on the property of a Las Vegas casino. Since then, other events have been affected by league rules that prohibit player participation in events held at casinos.

It’s created the impression that players are prohibited from entering casinos under any circumstances. That’s not the case; the league’s gambling policy allows players and all other NFL personnel to attend “legally-operated casinos and horse or dog racing tracks” for the purposes of wagering on casino games or races on their own personal time.

The problem arises when players are involved in activities that “can be perceived as constituting affiliation with or endorsement of gambling or gambling-related activities,” and the involvement of players in events held on casino property fall squarely within the prohibition.

It’s a bright-line rule that appears in the policy manual every player receives in the preseason. Even if they never read it (and how many employees actually read their policy manuals?), it shouldn’t be a surprise to Romo or anyone else to find out that casino property is off limits for any and all events or conferences or conventions or any other activities.

12 responses to “NFL allows players to engage in certain types of gambling

  1. …..and the NFL was not going to receive a kickback. That’s the most important line.

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  2. I get it. Like if a club wanted to enter a deal where casino goers get special seats.

    Sometimes it feels like the NFL is trying to set records for hypocrisy.

  3. Ok their hypocrisy makes even less sense now. They can gamble in casinos but they cant make an appearance on a casino property for a Fantasy Football Convention

    That makes sense to no one with a brain.

    I have zero problem with players gambling in a casino on casino games.

    So now basically the NFL is basically saying Fantasy Football is betting on games, which i totally disagree with, if you are not allowing them to make appearances which has nothing to do with betting on football.

    NFL is just pissed they didnt think of the idea 1st. What a joke they and their stupid policies are.

  4. That’s really a nonsense distinction, because just attending “’legally-operated casinos and horse or dog racing tracks’ for the purposes of wagering on casino games or races on their own personal time” can “be perceived as constituting affiliation with or endorsement of gambling or gambling-related activities”.
    Its the same thing.

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