NHL betting scandal another cautionary tale for the NFL

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But for the grace of Jimmy the Greek goes the NFL.

The NHL will provide another cautionary tale for the NFL, which has avoided gambling scandals for decades. Via ESPN.com, the NHL will Investigate an allegation made by the wife of Sharks forward Evander Kane that he bet on his team’s games and that he has intentionally tried to lose, in order to win.

The scandal began with social media posts from Anna Kane, who asked: “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.” She also said, “Can someone ask [Commissioner] Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”

“The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously,” the NHL said, via ESPN.com. Added the Sharks, in an email to the Associated Press: “The San Jose Sharks have been in contact today with the National Hockey League about the serious allegations made against Evander Kane. We support a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.'”

Kane has a history of gambling. Per ESPN.com, a Las Vegas casino sued Kane in 2019, alleging he failed to repay a $500,000 gambling debt that he incurred during a playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The ongoing spread of legalized gambling increases the pressure on all sports to ensure that its players don’t rack up big debts and, in turn, strike deals with gamblers that could entail efforts to control the outcome of a game. Although it’s seemingly difficult for one player in a hockey game to make much of a different, the NHL needs to take this very seriously.

And the NFL needs to be paying very close attention, like it did during the Tim Donaghy scandal, which rocked the NBA. The NFL has been lucky to not have its own betting scandal. Unless the NFL remains vigilant and diligent, it’s inevitable.

11 responses to “NHL betting scandal another cautionary tale for the NFL

  1. Yup. Magnets in the balls, goal posts, rims, and gloves. Kawhai Leonard’s shot vs the 76ers. Hopkins catch vs Murray just to name a few.

  2. Valid point on making sure players don’t rack up gambling debts, the bigger issue the NFL has in affecting gambling results is the referees, and the NFL itself in conjunction with Vegas itself, making sure Vegas wins critical bets i.e. The Packers v Seahawks Monday Night game. where a horrible, blatantly horrible call by a replacement refs led to a $540 million swing to Vegas’ favor.

  3. preventing gambling was next to impossible when it was illegal(think Pete Rose), now that it is legal it should be much easier {sarcasm font}. Anything involving billions of dollars is going to be corrupted, plain and simple to pretend otherwise is foolish

  4. Sounds like a bitter women who wants to destroy Kane’s Life. He may be a legal compulsive gambler, let’s wait and see about betting on his own team.

  5. Ya really pissed her off this time,dude. Any bets she called the irs too? How bout the odds on your career being done? Lots of money still to be made out of this.

  6. Bitter scorned woman, yes but this ” Kane has a history of gambling. Per ESPN.com, a Las Vegas casino sued Kane in 2019, alleging he failed to repay a $500,000 gambling debt that he incurred during a playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights.”

  7. Bitter scorned woman? He texted her while on a European vacation – and she was home pregnant with their second child – that the house was about to be foreclosed on and she needed to move out.

    He also had huge casino debts as well. He’s probably not a nice guy, but sounds like she has nothing to lose at this point by making those comments. Doesn’t mean it might not be true….

  8. Kane has had issues for years. So much talent, but so many personal issues. I guess all it takes is for one troubled player or ref to cause a problem. Happened in MLB (Rose), the NBA (the ref) and now the NHL.

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