Goodell: Congress should enact uniform gambling standards for states

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Last week’s Supreme Court decision opening the door for states to sanction sports betting has been met with much speculation about how it will impact all sports in the United States.

The NFL’s initial response was to ask Congress for “a core regulatory framework” that would govern legalized betting on sports. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on that in a statement on Monday that asks Congress to act and outlines four areas that the league believes need to be addressed in any legislation.

“As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commissioner of the National Football League than protecting the integrity of our sport.  Our fans, our players and our coaches deserve to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure no improper influences affect how the game is played on the field. This week’s ruling by the Supreme Court has no effect on that unwavering commitment.

We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling and are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners. These efforts include supporting commonsense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games. We are asking Congress to enact uniform standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting that include, at a minimum, four core principles:

  1. There must be substantial consumer protections;
  2. Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it;
  3. Fans will have access to official, reliable league data; and
  4. Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.”

It’s easy to understand why the NFL and other leagues would want to have one framework for gambling rather than as many as 50 different sets of rules in place. It’s also easy to understand why the league wants to find a way to take in money for their “intellectual property” and “reliable league data” in the form of integrity fees or some other avenue.

Whether Congress will act to give them what they want after a court ruling that placed gambling decisions squarely into the hands of states remains to be seen, however.

62 responses to “Goodell: Congress should enact uniform gambling standards for states

  1. Does Goodell ever realize that every time he uses the word “integrity” people either roll their eyes or laugh?

  2. This coming from the guy who cannot even impose uniform disciplinary actions across all teams and players

    It’s almost as if the owners made a bet that even a buffoon could run the NFL and Roger Goodell was their choice of buffoon

  3. Trust the NFL to desire Federal Government control of gambling. Myself, I would trust my local bookie to run the show more than any of our elected representatives. Can anyone give me an example of something our Congress got right in the last fifty years?
    By the time our Senators and Representatives get done with it, we will have an agency of 10,000 people regulating office pools and individual bets and ignoring the professional gambling organizations. The regulations will probably be a 100,000 pages of “legal speak.”

  4. This is exactly what is wrong with the United States government. The tenth amendment to the United States Constitution reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively”.

    So unless gambling is specifically address in the Constitution, which it is not, Congress has no authority to enact uniform gambling standards. However, that never seems to stop anyone who wants the federal government to step in and assert power where they have no authority to do so. It’s no wonder those who have spent their lives in government tend to look at the rest of the nation as their subjects rather than their bosses.

  5. That way he can collect in uniform way & not try to pry $ from 50 + states, make his job easier.

  6. “Reliable league data”??? Not if Bill Belichick has anything to say about it!

  7. This is just a bs way to try to get a cut. Its not even a sure thing that they get anything thats why the courts threw it back to the states to deal with.

  8. “Fans will have access to official, reliable league data”
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    Like all of the PSI data they “gathered” that one season?

  9. The league sounds like it wants to monetize statistics. I wonder if they would be allowed to hold the rights to the stars generated from their games and if so how that would alter us enjoying the games.

  10. The Supreme Court just struck down a federal law prohibiting sports betting to create this situation, based on the principle of states’ rights. What makes any of these leagues think the Supreme Court will allow another federal law to regulate it?

    As for the money, Nevada has not paid any sports league one dime of “commission” for sports betting… does Goodell really think the other 49 states are going to happily hand over such cash? Threatening to move teams won’t work if all 50 states won’t meet his demands.

  11. Maybe a priority should have been making sure your employees were not conducting anti-America protests in front of your customers, on and off American soil.

  12. The States should pay the NFL nothing. Why should they? Nevada never has.
    Leave it up to the States to set their own gaming rules. Watch Jerry Brown give the house away in California paying 15% or so while other states call the league’s demand strong arming and offer them nothing.

  13. Only to the NFL does the word “integrity” mean pay us a big stack of money for no reason while the corruption within our organization goes uncorrected.

  14. We don’t need more federal government oversight for what is constitutionally recognized as a state right. Just get out of it Rodger. The only reason you care is because you aren’t getting money from it and you so desperately want any amount you can get for the “integrity” of the league.

  15. congress needs to be focused on issues that matter, such as healthcare and fixing our ridiculous gun problem. gambling isnt exactly a pressing issue.

  16. Yeah, get the government involved we know how that works, more taxes for us.
    Lets have the Congress abolish the NFL’s anti trust law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. This is all about money. The IRS and gov’t are going to love it. Hit any parlay or any big payday over $1,500 and Uncle Sam will have his hand out waiting for his cut. What did Uncle Sam put on the line? Absolutely nothing…they did zero and expect their cut. However, lose $1,500 worth of bets…try writing that off at tax time. Unless you have a great tax person, have all your ducks in a row, or have positioned yourself just right…you won’t be writing anything off. Integrity of the game…it will be the same as it was. Gamblers know what they are getting into. Gamblers know all too well the risks they are taking, and are more than willing to risk their money for the chance to turn it into more. And it make the game a bit more interesting to watch as well.

  18. “As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commissioner of the National Football League than (making money).” Fixed it for you.

  19. I kinda wish congress would pass a law cutting down how many commercials per hour you can have on cable tv.

    How does that sound Roger?

  20. Ok Roger, if we really want to have Congress rule the states then how about we also have Congress not allow states to fund more than 10% of an NFL stadium ?

    Everything Roger has to say makes me want to puke, and maybe its about time we stopped blaming the mouthpiece and started blaming these selfish owners.

  21. The control freak is losing control and he doesn’t like it.

    The last thing this country or this league needs is more overregulation.

  22. Goodell’s daddy was a big senator… That’s why he’s where he’s at now!

    P.S. Watch the 1990/91 Giants vs Bills Super Bowl. You can see Goodell and Tagliabue walking around the field before the game.

  23. Have about we try this Roger. Congress stay out of it and work on things more important. But of course those elected blood-suckers want they’re cut so they can waste even more tax-payer money they will rake in….

  24. So… Congress needs to get involved so that the NFL can throw money at politicians so that the NFL can control how gambling is monitored by the states…

  25. This is watching the losing team trying to dictate how the post-game show will go.

  26. The NFL just want one government body they can bribe for a piece of the gambling pie instead of the 50 they may have to worry about bribing.

  27. Here’s what funny from a 67yr old guy who remembers the local soda fountain store sold little cards for a few cents or dollars & I would try to guess the winners – lol. Never won as I was no good at predictions, but I loved them. Fast Forward to today & we have gambling in Colorado & online and now soon coming to your state. I would love to be able to walk into a C store or whatever & place a small bet. Make it just like lottery and boom done. I remember a few yrs ago when the SB odds came out wanting to place a bet on the Bronco’s & I would have won a bunch of money. But it was too complicated to get to Vegas. And I am sure the league has enough resources where it will be kept as clean as it can. Hello Pete Rose. And even him, I don’t think he ever threw a game as a player or mgr.

  28. The Supreme Court just held that gambling is a state issue. Only a moron (Goodell) would ask the federal government to now regulate it.

  29. Do we really need Congress to get involved in our sacred pointy ball game, Roger?

  30. Ya and who gave him the right to decide what the states should do. He has no authority and no right to try and control gambling. I’m sure the NFL would love to be the gambling gods. Not gonna happen

  31. nova7t2 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    This is all about money. The IRS and gov’t are going to love it. Hit any parlay or any big payday over $1,500 and Uncle Sam will have his hand out waiting for his cut. What did Uncle Sam put on the line? Absolutely nothing…they did zero and expect their cut.

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    The same could be said from the $100k+ they take from my income each and every year….

  32. This Pompous Moron Commish wants Congress to Babysit the game….He has never had Ethics.

  33. So with integrity fees are the sports leagues willing to open their books to the public to ensure the people are getting what they’re supposedly paying for?

  34. Firstly, dont be surprised to see California, Illinois, NY and NJ come out with some type of scheme to get a portion of those new “revenue” streams. With unfunded pensions and poverty along with crumbling infrastructure, those States are needing all the help they can get. Honestly I should have put Colorado in the bunch. As their homeless problem in Denver metro is exploding.

  35. aarons444 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    The Patriots already ruined the integrity of the game.
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    How so?

  36. As a conservative it pains me to say this but for a group that desires limited federal government, when it comes to getting richer, the party members have no issues with federal meddling.

  37. Not BuyingIt | May 21, 2018, 2:15 PM PDT
    Firstly, dont be surprised to see California, Illinois, NY and NJ come out with some type of scheme to get a portion of those new “revenue” streams. With unfunded pensions and poverty along with crumbling infrastructure, those States are needing all the help they can get. Honestly I should have put Colorado in the bunch. As their homeless problem in Denver metro is exploding

    Every state gets a piece of every new revenue stream, be it through business or income tax. But of course the license to own and operate s sports book will probably be outrageously expensive and limited, with current casinos and friends of the administration on the inside track to get the available licenses.

  38. “Integrity fee” makes me laugh every time I see it. Nevada doesn’t pay the league’s anything, and neither should anyone else. It would be a “convenience fee”-level of robbery the sports/concert ticket outlets levy.

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