NFL Holds Double Standards Over Gambling

Published June 24, 2009 by OCR Editor

NFL Holds Double Standards Over Gambling

League accused of back flip on gambling stance in order to make profits.

The National Football League has come under heavy fire from critics recently over the apparent double standards in its gambling policy.

The NFL has run an ongoing public campaign against allowing betting on its matches, yet in a major back flip recently it announced its decision to sell its team brands to state lotteries for advertizing on scratch-offs.

Articles in major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press pointed out the irony of the NFL's confusing policy given, citing the fact that gamblers helped found the league.

Major US newspapers have also focused recently on the criticism being leveled at the NFL from around the country.

The Wall Street Journal reported that fans and state officials see the league's stance as unfair because of the public funding the NFL has received. One professor of sports economics was quoted as saying the NFL has taken in nearly $17 billion in taxpayer stadiums to build new stadiums in the past two decades.

Sports marketing expert from Boston University was quoted in the Boston Globe as saying that the NFL'S back flip was a money-grab because of losses caused by the nationwide financial crisis.

"It's another way for them to promote the teams and to get a cut for licensing the logos," the expert was quoted as saying.

With the NFL currently threatening a lawsuit against the state of Delaware after the supreme court recently openedthe way for the state to open the only legal sports books outside Nevada, the NFL will either have to change its stance or the barrage of criticism will continue.

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