Statement From NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell On Sports Betting

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2018

On May 14, the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional and opened the door for states to legalize the action.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who has always been a proponent of legalized sports betting, also believes the NBA and other professional leagues should receive a portion of the revenue created by the industry.

"We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling and 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".

In the just-completed legislative session, proponents of legalized sports betting in Iowa pushed for a new state law in anticipation of the Supreme Court decision, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

An ability for the leagues to "protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it".

The principles include ensuring law enforcement authorities have the "resources necessary to protect our fans and penalise bad actors at home and abroad". Everyone knows sports betting helps the league, but the league itself has never wanted to admit it publicly.

The leagues originally asked for sports betting operators to pay 1 percent of the amount wagered on their games but have since lowered the request to 0.25 percent. John Bonacic does include a stipulation that 0.25 percent of the amount bet goes to the sports leagues.

As states begin to roll out their gambling legislation, it's a win-win for consumers (except when they lose, obviously).

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported a record $4.8 billion of sports wagering in 2017, compared to $2.1 billion in 2010. Bookmakers say the National Football League accounts for approximately 50-55 percent of that money.

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