NFL opposes online gambling, not just sports
Representatives from major
amateur and professional leagues are against all forms of online
gambling, including poker, and not just sports betting.
According to an
article by Jessica Holzer from
TheHill.com, Martin Gold, a lobbyist at Covington & Burling who
represents the National Football League (NFL), stated in a
letter sent by e-mail to the offices of Financial Services
Committee members the following:
“Our sports organizations
would very strongly oppose any effort to legalize any online
sports gambling. We would also oppose any legislation that would
legalize and regulate non-sports gambling online, because we do
not believe that differential treatment of sports gambling and
other gambling online would be sustainable in the current
NFL Vice President Joe Browne
confirms the view expressed by the lobbyist.
When did NFL become the
Almighty of what we do at home, is unknown. Should we go and buy
an "NFL-approved" cups and koozies before we watch the latest
NFL game from the comfort of our own couches? How about the
washing machine detergent, is there a brand that NFL does not
approve me washing my socks with? The idea behind NFL telling us
that they do not approve online poker or online blackjack is of
the same ridicules proportion.
NFL did not stop by, or at
least call, to ask me if I approve their new sponsor, so NFL has
no right to tell me what they think I should do with my own
money at my own house. When I had to fork out $70 on a NFL
"original" jersey, when I could easily bought a "counterfeit"
one for $10 - you better stay away from my at-home business.
Sure, we all enjoy a good NFL
game, but we all pay for it by watching hidden and open
advertisements such as of NFL's approved apparel; going as far
as fining Urlacher $100,000 for wearing a hat with a sponsor not
approved by NFL. So if I want to bet $10 on the next game - shut
up and take it. You already make more than enough.
NFL would go on and on about
how sports betting corrupts the games. No, it's not the
bookmakers and bettors who corrupt the game.
Do you remember the Toledo
point shaving scandal? Yeah, it was the bookmakers who blew the
whistle, because it's in the sportsbooks' own interest to avoid
any tampering with the games, as they would loose from it. But
it was the player who took the bribes.
Even so, NFL has the right to
say that they do not approve of people gambling on their games.
But to tell us that we should not be playing online poker?
That's way over the line. NFL's job is to provide us with
countless hours of football entertainment, and that's it.