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Stance of the NFL on Legalized Sports Betting


Roger Goodell makes a statement about the Stance of the NFL on Legalized Sports BettingIn the aftermath of the Supreme Court Ruling about legalized sports betting, sports organizations have been vocal about the ruling.  On Monday, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell had his say about the Stance of the NFL on Legalized Sports Betting.

 In his statement, Goodell expressed his opinion that legalized sport betting should be governed by the federal government.   In addition, he suggested to Congress that they should enact “Four Core Principles” for sports gambling.

According to his statement which reiterated their previous stand on sports betting:

”(We) are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners,” he said. ”These efforts include supporting common sense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games.”



“Four Core Principles” for sports gambling


  1. There must be substantial consumer protections;
  2. Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it;
  3. Fans will have access to official, reliable league data; and
  4. Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.

Furthermore, he also emphasized protecting the integrity of the NFL and mentioned that the Supreme Court ruling would have no effect on its “unwavering commitment”.

Several Bookie Pay Per Head websites like, the top Sportsbook Pay Per Head provider in the industry, are speculating the meaning of these “Four Core Principles because people have been legally betting on the NFL in the Nevada for years.  In addition, when they mention protecting their “content and intellectual property” does this mean that they are looking to get a piece of the pie?

One part of the “Four Core Principles” that had sports handicappers curious was about fans having access to official league data.  Does this mean that the content on the website is inaccurate?  In addition, what exactly does the league date refer to?  Are they talking about injury reports?

It seems like his statement has brought about more questions than answers.

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