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NFL to reinforce its gambling policy to players

June 20, 2023 2

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NFL to reinforce its gambling policy to players

The NFL is taking steps to reinforce its gambling policy to players and educate them about prohibited activities in light of recent violations. All rookies will be required to attend mandatory education sessions, and league officials are making in-person visits to team facilities to emphasize the rules. The key rules include not betting on the NFL, not gambling at team facilities or while traveling, not having someone bet for them, not sharing team inside information, not entering a sportsbook during the season, and not playing daily fantasy football.

The NFL acknowledges that the rise of sports gambling and its increased accessibility necessitates a thoughtful approach to maintain the integrity of the game. Recent events, including suspensions of players and ongoing investigations, have prompted the league to intensify its monitoring and policy enforcement efforts. External monitoring firms and sportsbooks are involved in the process, with the sportsbooks cooperating to alert the NFL if a player places a bet under their own name. Geolocation technology is also utilized to trace bets to specific locations.

While the accessibility of gambling may create some ambiguity, the NFL emphasizes that the rules regarding gambling have been in place for a long time. The league rejects the notion of mixed messaging due to owners’ sponsorship relationships with sportsbooks, stating that the goal is to engage fans and provide opportunities for their participation while maintaining personal restrictions to protect integrity. The NFL aims to continue developing its monitoring tools and resources to ensure policy compliance and deterrence.

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