Roger Goodell: Vegas or not, we won’t compromise gambling policies

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The NFL has a longstanding and fierce opposition to gambling, which is why many people doubted a team would ever play in Las Vegas. Now it appears that the Raiders will move to Las Vegas, but Commissioner Roger Goodell insists that the league’s stance on gambling hasn’t changed.

Asked by Colin Cowherd if the NFL is softening its opposition to gambling, as the NBA has under Commissioner Adam Silver, Goodell indicated that playing in America’s gambling capital doesn’t signal a shift for the NFL.

“We’ve seen the changes in the culture around the country in gambling,” Goodell said. “We’re obviously very sensitive to that, but we’re also going to evaluate the Raiders case on the relocation application in what’s in the overall best interests of the league. But one thing we can’t ever do is compromise on the game. That’s one of the things we’ll do is to make sure the policies we’ve created, if we did in any way approve the Raiders, I don’t see us compromising on any of the policies.”

In other words, the league is considering a move to Las Vegas because the taxpayers there are willing to devote hundreds of millions of dollars to a stadium, and the taxpayers in Oakland aren’t. As far as the NFL is concerned, that’s a separate issue from gambling.

72 responses to “Roger Goodell: Vegas or not, we won’t compromise gambling policies

  1. The NFL has been playing games in a city with legalized gambling since 2007. The only restrictions they put on the gambling there was to close the betting kiosks inside Wembley Stadium. It shouldn’t be any different in Las Vegas.

  2. Roger paused for a moment…..as the NFL sent out its daily injury report to keep gamblers in the know. And then two calls for the Commissioner…Draft Kings on line 1, Ted Wells on line 2.

  3. Is he really this obtuse? Does he not understand the NFL already sanctions gambling? Yes, it does – it’s called “sign up now at nfl.com to create your fantasy football league.” In case anyone isn’t aware, fantasy sports is gambling.

  4. Las Vegas will be a litmus test for Goodell’s power and the Rooneys’ support. Remember that the NFL forced the restructuring of the Steeler ownership because family members owned parts of race tracks in 2008. The remaining Steeler owners likely lost substantial amounts of money to remain in the NFL owners’ club. The NFL also promotes “fantasy football” gambling so the statement by Goodell is silly and appears to be Goodell’s way of trying to derail the Mark Davis from moving the Raiders to LV. Goodell needs to go but until he offends the majority of owners we’ll all be subject to his dictatorial whims.

  5. Other than this corrupt vile little man constantly “compromises the game” with his lies and double standards he might have something there.

  6. You left off the thought bubble of, “….until we figure out we can make a ton of money off of it.”

  7. No ties to gambling, well except the injury report “for Vegas” and the owners share of fantasy football.
    But that’s all, right Rodger?

  8. Vegas or not, we won’t compromise gambling policies
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    Except for draft kings and fan duel. Which is gambling by any definition of the word gamble that you chose to use.

    Do as I say, not as I do.

    America 2017.

  9. “That’s one of the things we’ll do is to make sure the policies we’ve created, if we did in any way approve the Raiders, I don’t see us compromising on any of the policies.”

    He went on to say “The current over under on approval is 25.5 votes.”

  10. And will allow felons to stay on our payrolls and business partners to promote gambling. No compromise there.

  11. Goodbye to Sheldon and goodbye to stadium deal. With $31B in the bank, Sheldon owns Vegas. What happens in Vegas is because he lets it happen. Viva los Mexico Raiders!

  12. 6 states are trying to legalize it and the USSC is considering hearing a Constitutional challenge to PASPA. Oh and the President owns a casino.

    Good luck with your “policy” Commissioner.

  13. Are you serious? Yeah, Rog…thanks for clarifying…we all thought that the injury report is so the teams can let their opponent know their weaknesses, because that’s the ideal strategy in competitive sports. His statement is further proof of the ignorance of the NFL head office…they think people actually believe this, “The NFL has a longstanding and fierce opposition to gambling.” FD and DK, anyone…

  14. Cowherd asked Roger why he didn’t go to NE for the AFCCG. He said he went their 2 years ago.

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    He cannot even keep his lies straight.

    Goodell sent his henchman involved in the sting, Troy Vincent, to the Famregate game, so Goodell just lied again. He was 100% absolutely NOT at the Framegate game vs INdy. He was in Seattle.

    He was ONLY at the Johnnie Whinebaugh game, the divisional round game, the week prior, when Whinebaugh’s dumb defense didn’t know what an ineligible receiver meant. Whinebaugh whined, Brady told him to check the rulebook, and Framegate was born, with Goodell’s authority and Vincent in tow the very next week to execute the framejob.

    See, when you lie that much, you forget what you said originally.

    Goodell, caught stone cold again.

  15. Good luck with your “policy” Commissioner.
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    In your fan boy mind, Goodell owns the NFL and is the singular control of everything, yes? Tags and Rozelle loved the idea of tying the NFL and gambling but Godell changed all that, yes?

  16. The league has shadow ownership of both daily fantasy gambling sites. They sanction that gambling because it makes the owners additional billions.

    Vegas gambling? The casinos and books would laugh hysterically at the NFL if they said they wanted a piece of the action. No money therefore no sanctioned gambling in Vegas.

  17. Players are going to need to be careful who they “knowingly associate[s] with”. Given the penalty for undescribed infractions to the integrity of the game, one can only imagine the penalty for infractions specifically sited in the CBA.

    15. INTEGRITY OF GAME. Player recognizes the detriment to the League and professional football that would result from impairment of public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of NFL games or the integrity and good character of NFL players. Player therefore acknowledges his awareness that if he accepts a bribe or agrees to throw or fix an NFL game; fails to promptly report a bribe offer or an attempt to throw or fix an NFL game; bets on an NFL game; knowingly associates with gamblers or gambling activity; uses or provides other players with stimulants or other drugs for the purpose of attempting to enhance on-field performance; or is guilty of any other form of conduct reasonably judged by the League Commissioner to be detrimental to the League or professional football, the Commissioner will have the right, but only after giving Player the opportunity for a hearing at which he may be represented by counsel of his choice, to fine Player in a reasonable amount; to suspend Player for a period certain or indefinitely; and/or to terminate this contract.

  18. Goodell is a lying 2-faced hypocrite!

    He won’t “compromise” gambling policies, yet the NFL sponsors Fantasy Football
    The NFL has games in London where you can gamble AT and AROUND Wembley Stadium!
    The NFL has had games in Canada right next to a casino!

    Grow up, Roger!
    Get off your high horse you sanctimonious S.O.B.!

  19. Using part-time officials and not having game changing penalties subject to review exposes Roger as a liar.

    If gambling syndicates wanted to influence games, using referees would be how it is done.

  20. Goodell is a lying 2-faced hypocrite!

    He won’t “compromise” gambling policies, yet the NFL sponsors Fantasy Football
    The NFL has games in London where you can gamble AT and AROUND Wembley Stadium!
    The NFL has had games in Canada right next to a casino!

    Grow up, Roger!
    Get off your high horse you sanctimonious S.O.B.!
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    In your fan boy mind, Goodell owns the NFL and is the singular control of everything, yes? Tags and Rozelle loved the idea of tying the NFL and gambling but Godell changed all that and the anti-gambling policy is strictly his, yes? LOL!!

  21. mmack66 says:
    Jan 26, 2017 8:37 AM
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    You pulled a Belichick. Make sure you post that on InstaFace.

  22. “We can never compromise the game”….Serial liar Goodell kept the best player out 4 games, stole a 1st and 4th round pick and in essence attempted to fix the entire season over a sham inside job. The liar should be investigated by the SEC. Wynn, MGM, Las Vegas Sands are legitimately run public companies and any futures bets were severely compromised by the corrupt NFL.

  23. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Jan 26, 2017 10:22 AM

    How much do you want to bet that Pats fans make this about their team even though it has nothing to do with them?
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    Nothing, but I would bet a million dollars that some random bozo would make it about the Patriots.

    I win.

  24. gudy2shoes says:
    Jan 26, 2017 10:10 AM
    Yet they publish the point spread every week. The whole point of the injury report, is giving gamblers information.
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    The point of the injury report is to eliminate the value of inside injury information, hence the need for it to be accurate and complete.

  25. A bunch of guys in their 20’s with millions of dollars in a city of gambling, hookers and drugs. What could possibly go wrong?

  26. Funny how the NFL acts like Vegas is the only city in the world where gambling takes place. Whether they have a team based there or not doesn’t matter. Don’t need a game to be played there in order to bet on it.

    I don’t even get why it’s such a big deal in the “Land of the Free”. Up here in Canada, i can go to almost any gas station or grocery store, bet $100 on any games i want, then go cash my ticket the next morning. I can’t wrap my head around how that’s supposed to be such a bad thing. It’s better than those shady offshore online betting sites or underground bookies

  27. bobthis says:
    Jan 26, 2017 11:26 AM

    A bunch of guys in their 20’s with millions of dollars in a city of gambling, hookers and drugs. What could possibly go wrong?
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    That stuff exists in virtually every NFL city already. Why should Vegas be held to a different standard?

  28. So really what he just said was “We are going to allow the Raiders to move to Vegas but we will definitely sue the state of NJ again if they again try to legalize sports gambling.”
    As if we all didn’t already know the hypocrisy.

  29. So will officials be allowed to visit Vegas to officiate the games? Or will the NFL be finding Amish referees?

    The NFL is an absolute joke with their years of allowing not even an innocent mention of “Las Vegas” during a broadcast. But throw enough money to move a team there and it’s all fine.

  30. Goodell throws a hissy fit when teams are lax with their injury reports because OF GAMBLING. His level of denial is astonishing.
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    Goodell rents space in your head, yes?

  31. Grade A Hypocrite, although a super rich Grade A Hypocrite.
    This message sponsored by Morajetta Casino, a proud sponsor of the NFL.

  32. WASHINGTON — Bill Belichick has been illegally taping opponents’ defensive signals since he became the New England Patriots’ coach in 2000, according to Sen. Arlen Specter, who said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told him that during a meeting Wednesday.

    “There was confirmation that there has been taping since 2000, when Coach Belichick took over,” Specter said.

    Specter said Goodell gave him that information during the 1-hour, 40-minute meeting, which was requested by Specter so the commissioner could explain his reasons for destroying the Spygate tapes and notes.

  33. What the hell difference does a team’s location have on gambling? I can gamble on any team I want from my house in Florida sitting on my couch in my underpants. I’ve never understood the argument that a team based in Vegas is affected by gambling one way or another.

  34. But placing bets at Wembley is totally okay with the league.

    You see Rogers name and you already know you are going to be disgusted with whatever he has to say.

  35. They just want thier preferred forms of gambling. Want to make sports gambling legal in Delaware? Get ready for a huge legal battle. Want to smear the eagles logo all over a scratch off ticket? Its just a fun hobby that benefits older pennsylvanias, while making a far larger portion of Pennsylvanias poorer when they play a rigged game endorsed by a cute talking geoundhog….I wish he wouldnt talk, ever. No one would miss him.

  36. guitarmaninks says:
    Jan 26, 2017 2:32 PM

    So Fan Duel and Draft Kings are safe along with teams that have gambling in their state or like Arrowhead there is a casino within walking distance.
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    There’s no casino within walking distance of Arrowhead, unless you want to walk for a couple of hours or more.

  37. With today’s technology, every city is a gambling mecca. I live hundreds of miles from Vegas, but guys I work with are betting on NFL games every week.

  38. mmack66 says:
    Jan 26, 2017 5:03 PM
    guitarmaninks says:
    Jan 26, 2017 2:32 PM

    So Fan Duel and Draft Kings are safe along with teams that have gambling in their state or like Arrowhead there is a casino within walking distance.
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    There’s no casino within walking distance of Arrowhead, unless you want to walk for a couple of hours or more.
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    But they do play games in London where you can place a bet right there at the game or anywhere you want.

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