Nevada, NFL may be at odds over mobile betting at Raiders games

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It won’t be easy for the NFL to keep gambling at arm’s length when the Raiders are playing in Las Vegas.

The latest example of that comes from the Nevada Gaming Commission, which plans to allow fans to place bets inside the Raiders’ new stadium, using mobile apps that are legal within Nevada state lines.

The NFL, of course, isn’t keen on that, and the Raiders’ lease in the stadium specifically prohibits “any Gaming or Gambling, the maintaining or operating of a Gaming Establishment and/or sports wagering or any wagering on racing or other non-sports events.” But Nevada Gaming Commission chairman Tony Alamo told ESPN that his commission, not the league’s lease with the stadium authority, would make the rules about where mobile betting is allowed.

“The NFL has not approached me for any policy decisions,” Alamo said. “The Nevada Gaming Commission is the policy maker for the state of Nevada and gaming, and they have not approached us in any shape, way or form.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN in the Raiders “are required to abide by League rules on the matter.” But do the Raiders have the authority to prevent people from betting on mobile apps if the Gaming Commission allows it? That’s one of many questions that is sure to come up as the anti-gambling NFL navigates the uncharted territory of playing in America’s gambling capital.

47 responses to “Nevada, NFL may be at odds over mobile betting at Raiders games

  1. How are they going to block it? They don’t want to block cell phone data service and if they tried to block legit sites based on your location, there are ways around that. Stupid!!! Let the gambling happen out in the open as then we can then see if some point shaving or other stuff might be going on based on betting. Just don’t explicitly endorse it.

  2. It’s an absurdist disagreement. The NFL can’t possibly prevent someone from using a mobile app inside the stadium. Their only concern should be with players and team personnel over whom they do have authority.

  3. Here is a league that refused Bob Kraft a casino on his property but okays a stadium and franchise in the middle of Vegas? What’s that about?

  4. “But do the Raiders have the authority to prevent people from betting on mobile apps if the Gaming Commission allows it? ”

    No they don’t, especially after taking 3/4 of a billion dollars of public money there.

    Now watch the NFL act all surprised that the Raiders have landed on a slippery slope in getting that public money. The Gaming Commission has every intention of recovering it directly from NFL fans betting at Raiders games, make no mistake about that.

    And guess what Roger, the Nevada Gaming Commission is one group that won’t give a damn what the NFL wants. You took the money, now you have to eat what they’re serving.

  5. The NFL doesn’t like anything their greedy little paws aren’t getting a cut on.

    It’s always all about the money with the NFL.

  6. Block the cell phones and other electronic toys.

    If Navada hassles, pull the plug on this questionable move and pack the bags for San Antonio, San Diego, St Louis, or Toronto!

  7. This is common in the UK where betting booths are all over the INSIDE of stadiums.

    Time to grow up America. Open, public betting helps to identify game-fixing by officials. Is that what the NFL is really worried about?

  8. what happens when the next joe horn pulls a cell phone out of the goal post and places a bet on the pat? the league has to cease all the fans phones when they enter the stadium. its the only way 2 prevent this kinda debauchery.

  9. Technically the Stadium Authority owns the land and the stadium after the Raiders gift it to them per SB1 . <– state law allocating funding. There may very well be slot machines and black jack in the parking lot. This is gonna be epic.

  10. Go on and fight it out. I hope it gets messy.
    Screw Vegas.
    Oakland Raiders.
    Period

  11. The Raiders can block any gambling sites accessed over the in-stadium Wifi just like a library or a hospital blocks certain sites.

    What difference does it make when a sports book opens up across the street from the stadium?

  12. what could possibly be wrong with players placing bets on their cell phones from the sidelines? At least they are not doing it in the huddle…or ?

  13. well people here we go….and this is just the beginning but you cant say we didnt tell you so…just ask Mark Cuban

  14. WHATEVVVVVER! This was the whole point in the first place! NFL wants that money.

    The NFL wants this like Warren Sapp wants another McRib sandwhich!

  15. Hmmm…so you’re saying that the league is putting a team in Vegas and that the mean state of Nevada is going to force them to allow gambling? Meaning the other 31 owners will grab that lucrative piece of revenue in their respective markets where they can? Why it seems almost, planned on some level…

  16. Tell me that I can’t have my phone or limit what I can do with my phone on their wifi…ha ha ha. If the NFL says this, then I say I won’t buy a ticket, “bleep” you, and just watch the game at home. Or you could just hit the WiFi button, place your bets, and then just turn your WiFi back on…*facepalm*…gotta love the money hungry NFL.

  17. Bet the NFL softens it’s stance on gambling if it figures out how it can get a piece of the revenue pie from it.

  18. Why would I waste four or five hours of my time in Las Vegas at a place where mobile sports betting is blocked? Wouldn’t that sort of defeat the purpose of going to Las Vegas? Why don’t they also ban beer while they’re at it, and make you attend church services before the game starts? That would fix everything.

  19. ctchiefsfan says:
    May 22, 2017 9:09 PM

    The camel’s nose is creeping under the edge of the tent. In 20 years organized crime will control the NFL.
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    If you think the NFL is going to let some two-bit gangsters muscle in on their action, you are wrong.

  20. pensfan1 says:
    May 23, 2017 7:54 AM

    Bet the NFL softens it’s stance on gambling if it figures out how it can get a piece of the revenue pie from it.
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  21. There are casinos in NJ and there are 2 NFL teams there, Jets and Giants and there are casinos in MA, home of the Patriots. Casinos in New Orleans, home of the Saints too.

    Crickets……

  22. The greedy Raiders and even greedier NFL did this to themselves by allowing teams to bail on taxpayers and communities all in search of the extra dollar and shiny new toys. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Screw the Raiders and the Davis family.

  23. If/When it comes down to the NFL vs. the NGC, it’s game over.

    Legal gaming in Nevada will devour the NFL; it’ll dissolve like a red, white, and blue M&M!

  24. News Flash: Mobile gambling takes place in every stadium already, nothing new here. Who doesn’t place bets on their phone already?

  25. granadafan says:
    May 23, 2017 11:26 AM

    The greedy Raiders and even greedier NFL did this to themselves by allowing teams to bail on taxpayers and communities all in search of the extra dollar and shiny new toys. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Screw the Raiders and the Davis family.
    —————————-

    Last I read was that Raider fans were everywhere on the planet, so it shouldn’t matter where they play.

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