AAF will encourage fans to gamble while they watch

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As the NFL begins to accept the changing landscape of legal sports gambling, an upstart league is fully embracing betting on its games.

The Alliance of American Football has taken on MGM as an official gambling partner and will create an app that allows in-game betting.

That means if you’re watching an AAF game, you can bet with the app not just on whether a team will win or lose, but also on whether the next drive will score a touchdown. Or about who the next player to score will be, or even possibly make a bet after one play about the outcome of the next play.

What’s great for us is the access, provided that it’s single entity, all the teams and venues are all aligned and there isn’t any union issues,” Scott Butera, MGM’s president of interactive gaming, told ESPN.

Butera’s reference to “union issues” is interesting: The AAF will not have a players’ union, which in the NFL or other major sports leagues might object to player data being sliced and diced for gambling purposes, at least if the players weren’t getting a cut of the action. The AAF will have players wearing trackers that makes data about things like how fast they’re running available to gamblers, something players’ unions also could oppose.

The AAF indicated that players might get paid more if gamblers are betting ore money on their plays: If you’re the running back that the most gamblers wager on to score a touchdown, you could profit off that. It’s safe to say the NFL is a long, long way from accepting anything like that.

Betting through the MGM app would currently only be legal in Nevada and New Jersey. It is unclear whether any other states will make such betting legal by the time the AAF season begins in February.

38 responses to “AAF will encourage fans to gamble while they watch

  1. Nice! Yeah, let’s not legalize a freakin’ plant with medicinal purposes, but let’s allow people to gamble their freaking lives away. But hey, it’s football season, so go broke and gamble ;o)

  2. “The AAF indicated that players might get paid more if gamblers are betting ore money on their plays: If you’re the running back that the most gamblers wager on to score a touchdown, you could profit off that. It’s safe to say the NFL is a long, long way from accepting anything like that.”
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    Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. A newborn, tiny league with minimal internal oversight and a low pay scale is actually going to ENCOURAGE players to be directly involved with wagers and bettors? What if somebody offers a payoff to a hot running back not to score a TD versus the league’s worst run defense?

  3. I need to be convinced that this AAF league that is being concocted haphazardly in a ridiculously short amount of time isn’t being run with NFL interests in mind.

    It conveniently was announced after Vince McMahon announced the XFL return in 2 years.
    It conveniently was going to then begin nearly a full year before the XFL.

    Either the league is a deliberate attempt to water down the “competition” that the XFL would have created, it’s a BETA league for the NFL to test out some junk like this gambling app, or both.

  4. It won’t be head injuries or anthem protests that are the demise of pro football. It will be gambling. Players will be paid off (possibly also refs), games will be thrown, & trust will be lost.

  5. Betting on football is stupid. It just takes one turnover or one bad call and what you thought was a solid bet goes up in smoke. It’s fun as a novelty but nothing else.

  6. I’m not sure I even follow the business model that would allow this to work. MGM is going to be giving the league a cut of what comes in through this app. But there’s nothing keeping other places from offering the exact same wagers and if I’m a bettor I’ll go with whoever has the lowest fees to me and that almost certainly will be somebody who isn’t having to cut the league in on the action.

  7. OMG the judgment on this site. People have been gambling on sports for ages. And it hasn’t affected the sports. Any sport. If someone wants to bet – or smoke pot – let them. Doesn’t affect your life one iota. But somehow you have to be involved in someone else’s decisions. Arrogant at best, prideful and vain and ignorant at the worst. Who seriously GAS?

  8. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    September 10, 2018 at 10:25 am
    Nice! Yeah, let’s not legalize a freakin’ plant with medicinal purposes, but let’s allow people to gamble their freaking lives away. But hey, it’s football season, so go broke and gamble ;o)

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    More states allow marijuana right now than they do football wagering. The NFL says they don’t agree with either. So I’m not sure what your point is….?

  9. When I read things like this. I’m starting to get the feeling that football is already dead and just hasn’t realized it yet.

    That is, dead in every way that matters beyond filthy lucre. If it’s not going to be about anything more than that, most people don’t have any reason to care any more.

    Greed is permeating every aspect of the game to such a degree that it’s getting very hard to ignore it and enjoy it at all.

  10. Get a load of the comments. So much worry over the ruined lives of people gambling away their safety net. These people worry themselves sick over legal gambling while at the same time supporting legislation that is being passed to block access to insurance provided contraception and to make other family planning measures illegal. Outlawing gambling isn’t going to make a great parent out of someone who has no business and/or no interest in being a parent. People who aren’t interested in becoming parents should get all the assistance it takes for them to achieve that goal. Let’s get our priorities straight, please.

  11. frodoftw7 says:
    September 10, 2018 at 10:54 am
    Betting on football is stupid. It just takes one turnover or one bad call and what you thought was a solid bet goes up in smoke. It’s fun as a novelty but nothing else.
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    On the flip side, that same turnover or bad call changes what you thought was a sure loss into a leisurely stroll to the ticket counter to cash your winning ticket.

  12. TruFBFan says:
    September 10, 2018 at 11:35 am
    OMG the judgment on this site. People have been gambling on sports for ages. And it hasn’t affected the sports. Any sport. If someone wants to bet – or smoke pot – let them. Doesn’t affect your life one iota. But somehow you have to be involved in someone else’s decisions. Arrogant at best, prideful and vain and ignorant at the worst. Who seriously GAS?

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    Betting hasn’t affected the sports? Seriously??? Either you’re totally ignorant of history or willfully overlooking it. Pete Rose, Jake LaMotta, Tim Donaghy, the 1951 college basketball scandal, Don Gallinger & Billy Taylor, the Chicago Black Sox. Horse-racing, which of course has sport-sanctioned betting, has had so many gambling scandals it’s almost impossible to track them all. The hard truth is money influences sports and can interfere with good sportsmanship. Players get paid to play well, but if they have another income source on the side, it can create a conflict of interest. All of sudden, winning might not be the most important thing. And gamblers/bettors are almost always the instigators in these scandals.

    There’s also the problem of gambling addiction. You might not care about it, but those of us who have kids very much do. As a parent, I am very much “involved in someone else’s decisions”, as you put it.

  13. Peter Holmes says:
    September 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    TruFBFan says:
    September 10, 2018 at 11:35 am
    OMG the judgment on this site. People have been gambling on sports for ages. And it hasn’t affected the sports. Any sport. If someone wants to bet – or smoke pot – let them. Doesn’t affect your life one iota. But somehow you have to be involved in someone else’s decisions. Arrogant at best, prideful and vain and ignorant at the worst. Who seriously GAS?

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    Betting hasn’t affected the sports? Seriously??? Either you’re totally ignorant of history or willfully overlooking it. Pete Rose, Jake LaMotta, Tim Donaghy, the 1951 college basketball scandal, Don Gallinger & Billy Taylor, the Chicago Black Sox. Horse-racing, which of course has sport-sanctioned betting, has had so many gambling scandals it’s almost impossible to track them all. The hard truth is money influences sports and can interfere with good sportsmanship. Players get paid to play well, but if they have another income source on the side, it can create a conflict of interest. All of sudden, winning might not be the most important thing. And gamblers/bettors are almost always the instigators in these scandals.

    There’s also the problem of gambling addiction. You might not care about it, but those of us who have kids very much do. As a parent, I am very much “involved in someone else’s decisions”, as you put it.
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    Bringing the conversation back to earth, poor officiating and cheating by the Patriots interfere with the fair outcome of games by several magnitudes more than the handful of gambling scandals you mention. Also, I’m sorry to hear your kids have a gambling problem. That sucks.

  14. Reason for Union Issues comment:

    “What’s great for us is the access, provided that it’s single entity, all the teams and venues are all aligned and there isn’t any union issues,” Scott Butera, MGM’s president of interactive gaming, told ESPN.

    Scott Butera WAS the commissioner of the AFL (Arena Football League) until earlier this year – the AFL almost collapsed and lost 2 franchises over CBA negotiations with a Mr Soto that only at the last minute were resolved. Butera was basically out by then and Ted Leonis (of Washington Caps/Wizards) has his own guy in as AFL commissioner now.

    Butera is making it clear to the AFL and XFL what is required for a smaller or upstart leagues to have in order to garner MGM betting interest – IMO

  15. “People have been gambling on sports for ages. And it hasn’t affected the sports. Any sport.”

    This is just too dumb a statement for me to comment on. People are busting out laughing over this one.

  16. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    September 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Bringing the conversation back to earth, poor officiating and cheating by the Patriots interfere with the fair outcome of games by several magnitudes more than the handful of gambling scandals you mention. Also, I’m sorry to hear your kids have a gambling problem. That sucks.

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    Thanks for your concern but my kids don’t have a gambling problem LOL. It’s just one of a million parental worries that I have.

    Yes poor officiating and Pats cheating are problems, but why add sports betting to the mix? It’ll do nothing but complicate the integrity of fair play and open the door to more scandals.

    Also there are many more scandals I didn’t mention…I only gave a few easy, obvious examples.

  17. chinahand11 says:
    September 10, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    “People have been gambling on sports for ages. And it hasn’t affected the sports. Any sport.”

    This is just too dumb a statement for me to comment on. People are busting out laughing over this one.
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    You must be referring to Bingo! Yes, it is the one sport that has been greatly affected by gambling.

  18. “If someone wants to bet – or smoke pot – let them. Doesn’t affect your life one iota.”

    I forgot about this one. Recreational toking, okay. Medicinal MJ, we need it. On the other hand ….

    “Hi, TruFBfan. I’ll be your doctor today and I just got blasted on some Humdinger OG out in the parking lot with my surgical team! That’s why everyone is laughing. Ready for your testicular torsion repair? Oh, how about I throw in a colonoscopy for half off? Hmm? God I’m high but this stuff won’t affect me one iota. Hoo wee!”

  19. At least the AAF is honest about gambling unlike the NFL. It’s what rules the NFL. Replay, injury reports, etc.

  20. chinahand11 says:
    September 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm
    “If someone wants to bet – or smoke pot – let them. Doesn’t affect your life one iota.”

    I forgot about this one. Recreational toking, okay. Medicinal MJ, we need it. On the other hand ….

    “Hi, TruFBfan. I’ll be your doctor today and I just got blasted on some Humdinger OG out in the parking lot with my surgical team! That’s why everyone is laughing. Ready for your testicular torsion repair? Oh, how about I throw in a colonoscopy for half off? Hmm? God I’m high but this stuff won’t affect me one iota. Hoo wee!”
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    Also, smoking a bong while commenting is never a good plan. I won’t mention anyone’s name.

  21. “bannedfromchoirpractice says: September 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm”

    chinahand11 says:
    September 10, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    “People have been gambling on sports for ages. And it hasn’t affected the sports. Any sport.”

    This is just too dumb a statement for me to comment on. People are busting out laughing over this one.
    ————————

    You must be referring to Bingo! Yes, it is the one sport that has been greatly affected by gambling.
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    Do people bet on sports Bingo? Wow. I had no idea. I want some of that action, me and TruFBfan.

  22. “Also, smoking a bong while commenting is never a good plan. I won’t mention anyone’s name.”

    You mean – dare I mention him – TruFBfan? It wouldn’t be me. Or are you hinting about yourself?

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