NFL Okays Vegas Ads for Super Bowl TelecastPublished December 25, 2009 by OCR Editor
League has been known for quite some time as one of the major opponents of sports betting.
In a surprising about-face, the National Football League has gone ahead and approved the airing of advertisements for gambling destinations during the Super Bowl telecast.
The NFL, which has long been known as a staunch opponent of sports betting, will permit ads for gambling destinations such as Las Vegas, although it will maintain the ban on advertising specifically for casinos or on making references to anything related directly to gambling.
The new policy comes into effect for the entire NFL postseason, which will begin Saturday January 9 with Wild Card Weekend, and end on Saturday February 7 with Super Bowl XLIV at Miami's Dolphin Stadium.
The announcement will come as a surprise to many observers, given the NFL's public campaign against betting on its matches, which reached a peak earlier in 2009 when it began threatening a lawsuit against the state of Delaware after its Supreme Court allowed the state to open the only legal sports books in the United States outside of Nevada.
On the betting front, the AFC's Indianapolis Colts - who are 14-0 just a couple of weeks out from the playoffs - and the NFC's New Orleans Saints, 13-1, appear to be on a collision course for a classic Super Bowl. The Colts are 5/2 to win the Super Bowl and the Saints are 3/1, with the next best option being the San Diego Chargers, who are listed at odds of 5/1.
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