Ronnie Lott has concerns about NFL having team in Vegas

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Before the Raiders decided to move to Las Vegas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones downplayed gambling concerns saying, “the entertainment aspect outweighs gambling concerns.” But some, including former Raider Ronnie Lott, do continue to worry about having sports books only a few miles away.

What I’m nervous about is I just don’t want our game to get tarnished,” Lott told Zig Fracassi and Adam Caplan on SiriusXM’s NFL Rewind. “And what I mean by that is that there are characteristics that allowed all of us to want to play this game at the highest level. And I remember, when I first came in the league, there were certain things that you could not do, and that was you could not have any gaming activities.

“Being so close to it, knowing that there are professionals that are in that community, it’s going to be very challenging. People say, ‘Ah, Ronnie, that’s all [places].’ But this isn’t Vegas. They gamble all over the world, that’s right, but there’s professional people that do this for a living every day.”

Lott, a Hall of Famer who played for the Raiders for two seasons, otherwise calls the team’s move to Las Vegas “a great opportunity.”

9 responses to “Ronnie Lott has concerns about NFL having team in Vegas

  1. Times change. When Lott was in the league, you could not place a bet from your phone and some low end players needed an offseason job to maintain a lifestyle of choice.

    You don’t need a bookie or underworld figures to place a bet on a football game. Recruiting a gambling addict from the ranks of NFL players is the exception.

    I would worry more about officials being corrupted by gambling interests; as we have all seen,that part of the game is far more questionable and has too much influence on the outcome.

    Vegas has nothing to do with it.

  2. Recall that Lott was the face of a development scheme at the Oakland Coliseum property to gain access to the Raiders ownership. Forget about him. All talk, no show.
    Viva Las Vegas (or San Diego, or stay in Oakland and let Raiders control the facility).

  3. C’mon Ronnie — When did ever see an NFL player get in trouble? You worry too much.

  4. Times change. When Lott was in the league, you could not place a bet from your phone and some low end players needed an offseason job to maintain a lifestyle of choice.
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    Do you think Lott is stuck in 1990? Do you think he owns a smartphone and is well aware of the technology that is available?

    That’s not what he said at all. He said that there are “professionals” in the gambling world that could potentially pay off players and refs becuase many of the “professionals” live in Vegas and the Raiders have decided to bring the game closer to those “professionals”. Keep in mind, a kicker doesn’t make 6 million a year and could easily affect the score of a game.

    This is not a good move for Oakland with respect to developing 21 or 22-year-olds and having them surrounded by so much temptation.

  5. Ronnie Lott is a salty man. Still sour over not getting a stadium built in Oakland and a piece of the team at a discount. Ever listen to his interviews? Guy is slow, one too many hard hits. Why does the Bay Area need two teams, really why does any city need two teams? Chargers go back to SD. Jets stay in NJ, Giants go back to NYC.

  6. Many Raiders players, and perhaps even the team owner, may lose millions or perhaps even the ownership of the team, in the casinos between games.

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