Roger Goodell: We’ll be prepared for the Supreme Court overturning gambling law

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The NFL has long opposed an expansion of legal sports gambling. But the Supreme Court may rule that the federal law that limits sports gambling to Nevada is unconstitutional, which could lead to a huge expansion in betting on football. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will be ready for that.

Goodell said this morning on ESPN Radio that the most important priority for the NFL is maintaining the integrity of competition, and that if legal gambling is expanded across America, that will remain the NFL’s priority.

“To me it’s very clear, which is about the integrity of the game. You don’t want to do anything that’s going to impact negatively on the integrity of our game. You want to be certain that there are no outside influences on our game and that fans don’t even have any issues on that. They understand whether there’s a perception or not that there’s no influence on our game. That’s something that we stand firmly behind, the integrity of our game. We see changes going on, obviously. I don’t think 10 years ago people saw an NFL franchise or NHL franchise in Las Vegas. Clearly, there are changes occurring. The Supreme Court is considering changes, potentially, in laws with respect to gambling across our country, and I think we’re going to be prepared as a league to address that no matter how the Supreme Court comes out and how things evolve. We’re going to protect the integrity of the game, I assure you of that,” Goodell said.

But there’s no reason the integrity of the game can’t be protected with people legally gambling on NFL games across America. If anything, making sports gambling legal and regulated might make it easier to ensure no one is illegally influencing the game on the field than the current system, where most money bet on NFL games is bet illegally. Officially, the NFL continues to oppose the expansion of gambling, but as the NBA embraces gambling, it’s beginning to sound like the NFL is sticking a toe in those waters as well.

19 responses to “Roger Goodell: We’ll be prepared for the Supreme Court overturning gambling law

  1. charger383 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    he has his bookies lined up
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    The NFL will undoubtedly have their own sportsbook.

  2. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    Goodell is saying what he thinks he’s supposed to say, but he’s salivating at the billions of extra revenue that will come from legalized sports gambling.

    Still trusting Teddy? Looking to see you in your home stadium in the Super Bowl. Oops…..! Wrong team again.

  3. “You don’t want to do anything that’s going to impact negatively on the integrity of our game.”
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    Countless scandals, investigations bungled, enabling concussion deniers for decades, abandoning longtime home cities… All okay. But legalized gambling hurts the integrity of the sport?

  4. “To me it’s very clear, which is about the integrity of the game. ”

    You lost me at integrity, Roger.

  5. If every time Goodell said the word integrity and it was a lie, his nose would be longer than an NFL field at this point.

  6. ” The Supreme Court is considering changes, potentially, in laws with respect to gambling across our country,…” … News flash…the SCOTUS does not have the ability to “change” anything…Congress has that power…when did we as a nation start blurring the lines between branches of government? Our schools suck in civics and history..but I digress.. They can strike down a law as unconstitutional but that does not mean Congress cannot step in with something different…plus, there are State rights to deal with…and if the NFL is so concerned with the “integrity of the game”?…explain the Patriots

  7. “To me it’s very clear, which is about the integrity of the game. You don’t want to do anything that’s going to impact negatively on the integrity of our game. You want to be certain that there are no outside influences on our game and that fans don’t even have any issues on that. They understand whether there’s a perception or not that there’s no influence on our game. That’s something that we stand firmly behind, the integrity of our game. We see changes going on, obviously. I don’t think 10 years ago people saw an NFL franchise or NHL franchise in Las Vegas. Clearly, there are changes occurring. The Supreme Court is considering changes, potentially, in laws with respect to gambling across our country, and I think we’re going to be prepared as a league to address that no matter how the Supreme Court comes out and how things evolve. We’re going to protect the integrity of the game, I assure you of that,” Goodell said.

    Thanks for sharing that. Im having a tough day and needed the chuckle.

  8. Why is the NFL so against gambling? Why are they pretending that sports bettors aren’t some of their most loyal customers? Especially when they allow FanDuel and DraftKings to be mainstream sponsors, they are just a different form of gambling. Whether you’re taking point spreads, or picking teams on money lines, or building one day fantasy rosters to compete for cash prizes, this is what makes sports interesting and exciting for millions of fans year round.

    The fact that i could gamble on the Pro Bowl is the only reason i’ve cared about it. Won $500 on the AFC this weekend, felt like my personal Super Bowl when the AFC was making that 2nd half comeback. If not for gambling, i wouldn’t have cared. Now apply that to every fan who has a fantasy team. Apply that to every fan who’s team sucks and needs something to keep them interested late in a lost season.

    For sports betting to not even be legal in the USA is a joke. “Land of the free” but you can’t take your own hard earned money and place a wager with it for your own personal interest? In Canada, i can walk to any gas station, 7-11, grocery store etc and place bets on any games i want. NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, over/under, point spread, pro line, props, whatever. It’s all regulated, payouts are guaranteed, you are never floated cash flow to wager money you don’t have, bookies aren’t sending guys out to break knees to collect on debts, it’s safe and easy and fun.

    Catch up, America. And Goodell, drop the “integrity” excuse. Nobody is buying it.

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    harrisonhits2 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    If every time Goodell said the word integrity and it was a lie, his nose would be longer than an NFL field at this point.
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    Best post ever, I have often wondered if Brady’s pants would magically catch fire when he talks about his cell phone or about deflated balls.

  10. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    “So they’ve already figured out how they’ll get their piece of the action?”

    Not quite … They are still working on how they will secure getting the largest piece of the action, if not all of it.

  11. mishutiki says:
    January 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    ” The Supreme Court is considering changes, potentially, in laws with respect to gambling across our country,…” … News flash…the SCOTUS does not have the ability to “change” anything…Congress has that power…when did we as a nation start blurring the lines between branches of government?
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    Well, Goodell is dumb, for one thing. That said, it’s quite possible that he meant to convey that the Supreme Court is looking into the constitutionality of the law that gives Las Vegas exclusive rights to sports gambling. If they deem it unconstitutional, they will strike it down, effectively ending that law.

    That seems like a change to me.

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