Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

NFL Calls For Congress To Standardize Sports Betting

NFL Calls For Congress To Standardize Sports Betting

We welcome a robust discussion with an eye toward passage of legalized sports betting through which Iowans and the state of Iowa can get a piece of this popular activity.

Roger Goodell has long maintained a public opposition to legalized sports betting, but is making adjustments in the wake of last week's historic Supreme Court ruling. I've watched for years as fantasy football has evolved from a dorky affair that nobody talked about too loudly to a dorky affair that everybody participates in and will talk about for hours, and the same will happen with sports betting. "So it's something that baseball is working really hard to protect and to be a part of in a pro-active way".

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

Goodell said in a statement said that his main priority was protecting the integrity of the sport. But the Supreme Court on May 14 struck down a federal law that had limited expansion of such wagering.

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New Jersey and DE are expected to begin offering a full menu of legal sports betting in June, with more states poised to move forward by football season.

Yet the National Football League also has tried to distance itself from gambling, and its holier-than-thou stance on sports betting was tested last week when the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 ruling that kept most states from legalizing sports betting.

"We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalised sports gambling and are prepared to to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners".

The principles include ensuring law enforcement authorities have the "resources necessary to protect our fans and penalise bad actors at home and abroad".

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