The Raiders are moving to Vegas but this city means there is more at stake than before. The Raiders have to sort out a new stadium but even more than that it will test the league’s policy on gambling as well as current policies which exist at the moment in the NFL.
The league policy right now prohibits players from appearing at casinos for any promotional purpose. The policy is now going to be put to the test as Jarrett Bell of USA Today reported a large group of players in Vegas for the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship and according to the NFL those players are “in direct violation” of the league’s gambling policy.
The event will air on CBS in late May and will feature a number of high profile NFL players such as Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, Raiders punter Marquette King and Patriots safety Patrick Chung. The NFL has stepped in on events of a similar nature in the past.
In 2015 a fantasy football convention was being staged by Tony Romo and it was shut down by the league as it was going to happen at a casino. Now they are preparing to move a team to Las Vegas and spoiler alert – there are a lot of casinos.
Players were unhappy when the fantasy football convention was shut down in 2015 and chances are they are going to be unhappy at the prospect that they will not be able to earn additional money because they are standing in a casino.
NFL executive vice president for communications and public affairs Joe Lockhart has commented on the upcoming arm wrestling event.
“Had we been asked in advance if this was acceptable, we would have indicated that it was in direct violation of the gambling policy. No one sought pre-approval.”
It sounds like the players in question will be hearing from the league very shortly and it doesn’t sound like it is going to be friendly either.