Charity sues NFL for barring players from event at casino

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As the NFL increasingly signals that it’s willing to move a team to Las Vegas, the gambling capital of America, it continues to attempt to distance itself from gambling in other respects. As a result, one charity is taking the league to court.

The charity Strikes for Kids moved a fundraiser out of a casino last year because that fundraiser included Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and other players, and the NFL said players couldn’t appear at a casino.

Now Strikes for Kids is suing the league, saying the charity incurred extra costs from having to move the event. The charity says the NFL made a $5,000 donation that amounted to “hush money.”

Strikes for Kids says the NFL seems to selectively enforce rules about casinos, and has been inconsistent about when players are allowed to appear at casinos and when they’re not. It seems fair to say the league isn’t always consistent about the way it tries to distance itself from gambling.

13 responses to “Charity sues NFL for barring players from event at casino

  1. Expecting consistency from the way the NFL enforces rules is like expecting an 85-year old to learn how to text. It might be beneficial for everybody involved, but it just ain’t gonna happen.

  2. Yes, the NFL is maddeningly inconsistent with the application of rules, but nobody held a gun to the heads of those who run this charity and forced them to move the event out of the casino. I’d be curious to know if the players were part of Strikes for Kids when this event was scheduled. If they were, those who scheduled it might have anticipated a possible problem then. I’m not so much blaming the organizers as suggesting that they are probably never going to win this lawsuit.

  3. Anyone else thinks the NFL makes it’s decisions with one of those Magic 8 balls you get at Spencers…..except maybe the one they bought is broken?

  4. Almost everyone wants too see the NFL office taken down a few notches. However, the problem here is the damage claim has to be large enough to justify the attorney fees. The complaint seeks “up to” $100,000. The description of the incident indicates a much smaller amount.

  5. How about “Strikes for kids” hold their event in a baseball stadium or a giant bowling alley?
    Seems odd to have this in a venue that is usually not kid friendly.

  6. The charity will just settle the case easily with more hush money that they’ve taken previously. That’s all they’re seeking… and publicity.

  7. It is a rule. And let’s agree it is confusingly enforced.
    But its not an unknown, and certainly should be known by charities and especially the casino.

    No one on those ends thought to say “Hey, let’s call the NFL and see if they will allow players to attend for this event?” It seems like something that should be done very early in the planning stages.

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