Experts have actually called the NFL the ‘No Fun League,’ but the organization’s policy on gambling is not as restrictive to players as individuals are led to trust.
The NFL policy on gambling allows players to gamble in casinos, but not to ever use their names for promotional appearances such as this arm wrestling competition at the MGM in Las vegas, nevada.
The assumption is that a competitor can’t enjoy a session wagering on craps, blackjack, craps, roulette, video poker and slot machines. As long they can enjoy that activity like any other citizen as they are on their own time. They are also permitted to put money down on a horse or dog race. Sports betting, but, remains off limits.
The problem arises when the professional has a relationship with those facilities and exploits his celebrity. The argument from them is that it is their very own some time they must be allowed to do whatever they want, but the NFL has made the difference very clear in a number of instances and vigorously enforces the regulation.
Promoting Players Prohibited
The league forbids players using their name to publicize any form of association having a casino. The concern is the fact that it blurs the line between sports betting and football.
The appearance that is recent more than 30 of these at a ‘Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship’ at the MGM Grand over the weekend was in breach of the NFL’s rules.
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