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N.F.L. IS AWASH IN GAMBLING CONTRADICTIONS
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Posted by Drew Martin
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Interesting article in the New York Times:

As It Embraces Las Vegas, N.F.L. Is Awash in Gambling Contradictions

When N.F.L. owners voted overwhelmingly last month to move the Raiders to Las Vegas, some of them went out of their way to say the city was no longer the corrupting influence they believed it once was and now very capable of supporting a franchise.

The Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, a prime backer of the move, said the city most closely associated with gambling is not your fathers Las Vegas. Even the N.F.L.s commissioner, Roger Goodell, who continues to oppose legalized sports gambling, admitted that Las Vegas was not the same city it was 10 or 20 years ago.

Las Vegas has evolved enough for us to bless it with our presence, the league seemed to be saying.

But the decision to leave Oakland and embrace Las Vegas presents conflicts for a league that has long stood vehemently against gambling. A franchise will live in Sin City a notion considered a nonstarter just five years ago as a neighbor of the casinos and sports books that for so long were the enemy.

The question, then, is how the league continues to prevent the perception, real or otherwise, that games might be influenced by gamblers, while also adapting to a changing world in which casinos and gambling in general are becoming more pervasive.

We have to make sure that we continue to stay focused on making sure that everyone has full confidence that what you see on the field is not influenced by any outside factors, Goodell said last month. We will not relent on that.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/sports/football/as-it-emb races-las-vegas-nfl-is-awash-in-gambling-contradictions.html ?referer=https://t.co/3wfD2A3m5G&_r=0


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