Owners hear presentation on gambling

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Because they’re terrified of its possibilities, the NFL and owners are always hesitant to make public any mention of gambling.

But they also realize there’s potentially money to be made there.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, owners were given a presentation yesterday of the findings of a “previously secret study on gambling and the patterns of behavior associated with it.”

Such reports are secret largely because the mere mention of the word makes commissioner Roger Goodell either clam up or spasmodically say the phrase “integrity of the game.”

But owners heard an update on the technology available so owners were up to speed when it is legalized.

Albert Breer of SI.com added that representatives of the Buccaneers and Rams spoke to the group, since sports gambling is common in the English soccer league where their also own teams (Manchester United and Arsenal). He also spoke to Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, who said gambling could be a factor in helping the league grow into places like China.

It’s a touchy subject because the league fears the possibility of abuse, from the producers as well as the consumers of football. But the league has never been one to ignore a potentially significant revenue stream, which is why meetings such as the one yesterday are interesting for their inevitability.

15 responses to “Owners hear presentation on gambling

  1. I don’t understand the reluctance. It’s happening anyway, why not legalize it, tax it, and make it safer for the customer? Sports gambling has been a success for a long time in Europe

  2. Office paper parlies have been a staple of football for a long, long time. Every town, every city has its bookies who will take bets. Why not make it official so I can go to a place like OTB and bet legally.

  3. If Goodell were legitimatly concerned about the integrity of the game, he would have seized control and disbanded the Patriots. You can NOT speak of integrity AND the Patriots, in the same sentence.

  4. Be careful what you wish for. Before/During/After all sports shown on TV, the adverts are almost all for Gambling companies, with D list celebrities endorsing the ‘fun lifestyle’ it brings.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional bet but it’s gone wayyyyy too far over here.

  5. The NFL making money directly from gambling would be a conflict of interest.

    The NFL making money indirectly from gambling is a time-honored tradition.

  6. Every state already has legal gambling be it scratch offs, lottery tickets, casinos, daily fantasy, horse tracks etc. The fact that sports gambling isn’t legal is extremely hypocritical to say the least. Every pick up a newspaper and turn to the back of a sports page? It always has all the “lines” for the day. Why? Gambling is illegal ! Yeah right. Embrace it and tax it. Time to enter the 21st century.

  7. My fear is that once it becomes legal it will attract even more betters. I have enough friends who have credit card debt and student loan debt that gamble money. Technically its illegal but once it becomes legal and they can drunkenly walk up to a bar and place even more bets, yeah that’s my fear.

    I know most of the comments above me have been pro-gambling and I get it from an American standpoint of freedom to choose. Yeah I know my friends are already making the choice illegally to gamble money they shouldn’t. But my fear is that it’ll get worse once it becomes legal.

  8. if you can buy even one ref, you can control the outcome of a game
    how is the NFL going to control this possibility
    there is enough suspicion out there already about a couple of these guys

  9. Massive revenue from TV deals will go away soon as people cut cable and the networks can’t afford to renew at billion dollar price points. If the NFL wants the salary cap to keep going up, gotta find the cash from somewhere.

  10. Iknowitall says:
    March 28, 2018 at 6:06 am

    If Goodell were legitimatly concerned about the integrity of the game, he would have seized control and disbanded the Patriots. You can NOT speak of integrity AND the Patriots, in the same sentence.
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    Get real. If the NFL cared about the integrity of the game, Goodell would have been fired years ago.

  11. Refs need to be full-time employees who will have calls scrutinized each week and can have calls over-turned by the Head Office watching the game — both done to prevent them and games being influenced by gambling syndicates as has happened with soccer.

  12. exinsidetrader says:
    March 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Refs need to be full-time employees who will have calls scrutinized each week and can have calls over-turned by the Head Office watching the game — both done to prevent them and games being influenced by gambling syndicates as has happened with soccer.
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    Who is watching the watchers at the Ministry of NFL Officiating?

    Do you actually believe having some unknown person deep in the bowels of 345 Park Place making arbitrary decisions about the officiating of football games offers any protection from games being influenced? It makes it more likely to me.

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