NFL Commissioner Focused On Integrity

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018 -
NFL Commissioner Focused On Integrity

The approach of the fifty second Super Bowl American football match has brought attention once again on the continued debate over legal betting on sports in the USA. The USA is in the process of a possible expansion of its national sports betting laws with the State of New Jersey leading the cause. The Garden State is calling for nationwide regulation of sports betting by overturning the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

The law effectively bans sports betting throughout the United States with the exception of four states, three of which have sports lotteries, including Delaware, Montana and Oregon, with the fourth exemption being the state licensed sports books operating in Nevada.

The major professional sports leagues in the country were against this expansion but a number have recently stated that they could support the change, if it were of benefit to the respective competitions.

Recently the NBA basketball league revealed its idea of the possible changes if the Supreme Court opts to introduce wider regulations.

The National Football League’s Roger Goodell is currently the Commissioner and has now made his opinion known reporting that he does anticipate change, but called for an ongoing focus on integrity in the sport.

Goodell spoke to ESPN, “To me it it’s very clear, which is about the integrity of the game, you don’t want to do anything that’s going to impact negatively on the integrity of our game.

“You want to be certain that there are no outside influences on our game and that fans don’t even have any issue with that, they understand, whether there’s a perception or not, that there’s no influence in our game - and that’s something that we stand firmly behind on the integrity of our game.

“We see changes going on; obviously I don’t think 10 years ago most people would have looked at having an NFL franchise or an NHL franchise in Las Vegas.”




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