Roger Goodell still doesn’t like gambling, but can live with Las Vegas

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Roger Goodell still doesn’t like gambling. And don’t even get him started on brothels.

But neither of those things kept him from jumping in the sack with Las Vegas this week, as the NFL casually voted to put the Raiders in Sin City.

The commissioner said Tuesday night as he wrapped up the NFL owners meeting that he’s still very concerned about the issue of gambling, but that enough other things changed that kept Las Vegas from being the boogeyman it once was.

“I would probably tell you that I think society has probably had a little bit of a change with respect to gambling in general,” Goodell said. “I think we still strongly oppose it in that room, and otherwise, legalized sports gambling. The integrity of our game is No. 1. We will not compromise on that.

“But I also believe that Las Vegas is not the same city it was 10 years ago or 20 years ago. It’s a much more diverse city. It has become an entertainment mecca. It’s the fastest-growing city in the country. So I think when you look at it today versus what it was a decade or two ago, I think it’s a much different city. And they made a very compelling proposal, which the owners obviously approved overwhelmingly.”

That change in attitudes, and $750 million in public money (plus add-ons) made a difference, apparently.

Goodell has previously called gambling his top concern when it came to the integrity of the game. And while a question about the Raiders-themed brothel got a laugh out of him, the specter of gambling still looms large over the move. He made his serious face and talked about the importance of maintaining the “integrity of the game,” while at the same time suggesting the danger of putting 21-year-olds in Vegas on a full-time basis was no more dangerous than anywhere else (and to be fair, Odell Beckham and his boat trip in South Beach underscored some of that for him).

“My experience is that 21-year-olds can find trouble in a lot of different places, so that’s one of the reasons why we focus so much on our personal conduct policies,” he said. “It’s educating players and helping them make better judgments, giving them better information so they avoid problems. . . .

“We’re going to have to obviously keep a focus on that, no matter where our franchises are.”

But this one, obviously, he’ll need to keep both eyes on, even if that means lifting the eye patch.

52 responses to “Roger Goodell still doesn’t like gambling, but can live with Las Vegas

  1. Whatever. Just a bunch of liar$ making themselves richer. For many years, the NFL struggled to explain why the injury reports needed to come out on Thursday (hint: that’s when Vegas sets the line), so they just stopped talking about it and now we have Thursday night games. End of discussion.

    Roger the Liar King needs to stop all the BS talk about the integrity of the game (barf) as long as we are still playing without goal line and end zone cameras.

  2. Do you think he commissioner bought Mr Ross’s excuse for voting against the move or does the league know he has Adelson connections?

  3. obviously he does not like gambling, that is why he has been systematically screwing the Patriots for several years….the only way he can think of to achieve “parity in the league”
    FIRE GOODELL!! and stay out of New England jack a$$

  4. But I’m not sure Vegas can live with Roger and his total lack of integrity over knowingly faked Injury Reports.

  5. A business model aimed solely at making money with no sense of family or community, entirely populated by moaners dressed in black and fueled by drugs, all for losers who have trouble scoring – aren’t all brothels Raiders-themed?

  6. With some of the ridiculous calls that are made or not made on a yearly basis, he’s worried about the integrity of the game.

    How about that time he suspended Brady for what pretty much added up to nothing? He’s such a clown.

  7. Vegas. Refs that have to call the league office to be told how to rule. At this point I suppose we should be grateful for the transparency regarding where this is obviously headed.

  8. Roger doesn’t like gambling because the NFL can\t figure out a way to make money on it. Other than their “fantasy” sites. Why else is there an injury report?

  9. Goodell will straight up lie to his maker on judgement day and not think twice about it. And yet he somehow expects 21 year olds to make the right choices.

  10. I don’t like gambling or prostitution much, either. But I am not allowing a team to go to Vegas. Either stick with your guns or move on. Don’t play both sides, Godawful.

  11. If gambling isn’t important to the NFL, why do teams have to provide an injury report before each game? So people can plan their Sundays if their favorite player is on the injury list?

  12. Once the NHL came in, there really was no good argument for the NFL to stay out of Las Vegas. Visiting teams will not be staying at hotels on the strip and Raiders players won’t be living on the strip either. The reason for the 31-1 and even the one objection had nothing to do with Las Vegas. That was Stephen Ross believing Oakland deserved more of a chance to help out with a new stadium.

  13. Please….. Spare me you uncomfortableness concerning Gambling. Some of your owners have interests in Fantasy League betting (Gambling). You are such a phony.

  14. “I would probably tell you that I think society has probably had a little bit of a change with respect to gambling in general,” Goodell said.

    Roger, nothing has changed. It was and still is a multi billion dollar industry you hypocrite.

  15. Two things I really can’t come to grips with and understand.

    1.Why are some Oakland residents so sad that the Raiders are leaving.

    2. Why is Las Vegas so happy to get the Raiders? Well I guess we can’t call 20 fans celebrating at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign a city celebration.

    Look, the Raiders are a garbage franchise. Outside of their first stint in Oakland that team has done nothing but bring embarrassment to Los Angeles(gang fights in the parking lot) and Oakland(Great purveyors of losing football). They’re not back either. Derek Carr covers up a lot of weakness and deficiencies on that squad. Raiders are historically garbage. You all are going crazy for a silver and black jersey with a pirate on it that’s living off the 60’s 70’s and early 80’s Oakland mystique. That mystique is not unique to the Raiders. Look at the Athletics of that 70’s era. Same renegades. It’s a Oakland thing. Not a a Raider thing. Raiders suck, they’re straight garbage.

    OAKLAND Raider fans…like the great Mike Singletary said. Take that 1995-2016 Raiders era….chew it up, and then spit that wack losing football out. Then come to Levy’s and bring that passion and energy and help will the 49ers back to greatness.Tell Mark Davis to get out now, you don’t need him to bring a championship here. Y’all are rocking with the best now – the 49ers , and when we get #6 we’re gonna get it for the whole Bay Area.

    49ers 2017
    5 Lombardis
    Sole Owners of the 6th largest TV Market
    Home of the Greatest QB of All Time
    Home of the Greatest WR of All Time
    Home of The Greatest Free Safety of All Time
    Home of the Greatest NT(Michael Carter) of All Time.
    Home of the Greatest Head Coach of All Time
    Home of the Greatest Owner of All Time
    Home of the First 1000 Yard Rusher/1000 receiver
    First franchise to win 5 Lombardis

    49ers – The Greatest Franchise of All Time San Francisco-San Jose-OAKLAND’s team.

  16. So, Commissioner Goodell can’t stomach legal brothels in Nevada, yet he prostitutes himself out to the influential owners of the league for > $30 million a year.

    Since he claims to dislike gambling, someone should ask him: What is the point of the teams being required to provide injured player lists?

    Integrity? Right…

  17. Look, the fact that gambling is legalized in Nevada hits you right in the face as soon as you walk up the jet way at McCarran International. The fact that the city is loaded with casinos and slots should not be an issue to the league. Many states, including Maryland where I live, have several casinos. Heck, a fan (or a player for that matter) can walk from M&T Bank Stadium to the Horseshoe Casino in 5 minutes. A player can blow a ton of money gambling just as easily in Baltimore as he can in Las Vegas. But that’s not the problem.

    What IS the problem is that Las Vegas has something no other municipality can offer – sports books. It’s one thing for a 21 year old player (or older) to walk into a casino and empty his wallet into a slot or on a craps table. It’s quite another for that player to walk into a sports book in Vegas and lay several thousands of dollars betting on or against his team – or his opponent’s team. That can put the integrity of the game squarely on the line and make Deflategate look like a 5 yd illegal procedure penalty.

    That’s where the league should be very worried, and justifiably so.

  18. Love the Cheater fans trying to tell a lie loud enough and long enough so it becomes fact.

    Here are the facts: Belicheat 0 games for years of cheating. Payton 16 games for something he had nothing to do with.

    Every other year Cheaters get a neutral game where they lose a true road game

    Yeah, the Commish and the League really have it in for you

  19. The way Goodell feels about gambling is how most NFL fans feel about Goodell; don’t really like him but willing to put with him because he’s a part of the NFL.

  20. This isn’t about honor, integrity, morals, or what’s right for the league. This is about 1,000,000,000 dollars in free public tax dollars that the NFL could not turn down.

    Look, Las Vegas can not sustain an NFL franchise, it’s a little lame city in the middle of the desert filled with tourists and transient residents who are fans of other teams.

    Birmingham Alabama is literally a bigger Market than Las Vegas.

    This was nothing more than a cash grab. Plain and Simple. 1 billion dollars made The NFL turn a blind eye to the perils and shortcomings of Vegas. When it’s time to pay the Devil his dues, let’s see what the narrative of the NFL will be.

    49ers 2017
    5 Lombardis
    Sole Owners of the 6th largest TV Market
    Home of the Greatest QB of All Time
    Home of the Greatest WR of All Time
    Home of The Greatest Free Safety of All Time
    Home of the Greatest NT(Michael Carter) of All Time.
    Home of the Greatest Head Coach of All Time
    Home of the Greatest Owner of All Time

    49ers – The Greatest Franchise of All Time San Francisco-San Jose-OAKLAND’s team.

  21. ravensrooster94 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 9:53 AM
    Look, the fact that gambling is legalized in Nevada hits you right in the face as soon as you walk up the jet way at McCarran International. The fact that the city is loaded with casinos and slots should not be an issue to the league. Many states, including Maryland where I live, have several casinos. Heck, a fan (or a player for that matter) can walk from M&T Bank Stadium to the Horseshoe Casino in 5 minutes. A player can blow a ton of money gambling just as easily in Baltimore as he can in Las Vegas. But that’s not the problem.

    What IS the problem is that Las Vegas has something no other municipality can offer – sports books. It’s one thing for a 21 year old player (or older) to walk into a casino and empty his wallet into a slot or on a craps table. It’s quite another for that player to walk into a sports book in Vegas and lay several thousands of dollars betting on or against his team – or his opponent’s team. That can put the integrity of the game squarely on the line and make Deflategate look like a 5 yd illegal procedure penalty.

    That’s where the league should be very worried, and justifiably so.

    —————————-

    It’s a non issue. multiple reasons why.

    Starters in the NFL make way too much money. For them to throw a game they, or someone else paying them, would have to pay them so much cash to make that happen that they would have to put a HUGE bet down. Vegas keeps track of the action on games. Pretty sure a Raiders player, or someone else throwing 100k down on the opposing team in a random regular season game is going to attract attention. It’s exactly how the maryland guys got nailed for shaving points years ago.

    So your only real chance would be to get a fringe guy- the issue is they only would be in the game due to injury or be a rookie. I personally find it hard to believe that a rookie is going to throw his first shot, or a backup throw his only shot for some quick cash especially when playing well can lead to a big contract.

    Plus if someone plays bad in the NFL, they are gonna get benched pretty quick.

    Outside of maybe a QB, or maybe an OL player, it’s tough for one player to really have a huge impact on the game. Plus if a LT wiffes on 5 blocks and is giving up sacks left and right, or a QB intentionally , they are getting yanked.

    Plus, anyone that is shady enough to throw games, or pay to influence a player to throw one is doing it right now, a team being there won’t change that.

    And, the Nevada Gaming Comission could just simply ban betting on Raiders game and EVERYTHING is moot.

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  23. Goodell: “I still don’t like gambling.” This Raiders move is another massive screw-up by the league. HOT CLUBS and BLACK JACK will be in the face of Raider players ALL THE TIME. They WILL give in to the temptations. They will be distracted. They will be arrested. They will be suspended. Carr is terrific, but he’s not a moral policeman and is in- capable of keeping these guys, in a candy store, in check! Wake-up! These NFL approved relocations will create major problems, long term for the NFL. To give up on decades of fan loyalty…and spending goes against every so-called tennents of the NFL. All kinds of criminal behavior is being done by NFL players as we speak. The mighty NFL will surely counsel Raiders and visiting team players and that will surely help. Yeah, right. Rams two re-locations, Chargers re-location, Raiders re-location. Whats next? The Alabama Jets? The San Antonio Bills? Get ready.

  24. Gambling can take many forms such as casinos, the lottery, fantasy sports, sports betting, and so on. But the truth is that any activity based on chance is gambling. Despite the argument that some skill is involved, these activities are largely based on luck. The bottomline is that the nfl wants to make money, and the Nevada offering $750 million saves Mark Davis a lot of money. It also gives the other 31 others a nice payout from the relocation fee. So at the end of the day everyone wins except the fans in the cities of former teams (Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego.)

  25. irchs1963 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 11:42 AM

    Roger Goodell…. Hypocrite !!
    ————————

    I don’t know why they even let that bozo speak to the public anymore, since everyone knows that every word out of his mouth is a lie.

  26. If Goodell doesn’t like gambling, then how does he like refs fixing games each week ?

  27. There is such a misunderstanding as to what Las Vegas is within the NFL it’s ridiculous. Afraid for 21 year olds in Vegas with time and money to blow? Ok, but why aren’t you afraid of 21 year olds in South Beach, Hollywood, NYC?

    Las Vegas isn’t this mythical place where there is unknown trouble lurking on every corner rich NFL players wouldn’t experience in Chicago, or Dallas. You can find it anywhere when you have money.

  28. Educating them on using a “Fall guy” isn’t that right? Former players Chris Carter still running those symposiums for you?

    Complete sham, the whole integrity thing. They have none!

    There’s no personal conduct code for legally gambling in a casino. I would love for players to go put money on teams in the NFL and hear how the NFL would try and spin it.

  29. Goodell and the NFL owners would move a team to North Korea if they can get a free stadium.

    San Antonio is the newest city they use to threaten abandonment if they don’t get taxpayer built facilities. San Diego and Oakland will be referenced for blackmail too.

  30. “It’s quite another for that player to walk into a sports book in Vegas and lay several thousands of dollars betting on or against his team – or his opponent’s team.”
    ——

    Where to even begin here… If impactful players, who are already rather rich, were going to do this – including risk their career and jail time – then they ALREADY would be doing so through back channels. Being in Vegas is moot.

    Indeed, if players are walking personally into sportsbooks, there is literally no easier way to spot it.

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