Who is to blame for the NFL’s gambling problem?
The NFL had a decision to make as gambling became legalized in most states. Either fight them and resist the temptation to embrace the gambling aspect of the game, or join them to maximize revenue and hope you didn’t just open up Pandora’s box.
As all football fans now know, the league chose the latter. Being “in bed” with sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings, just to name a few, has now resulted in a growing list of players deal with suspension over gambling.
Some have been suspended indefinitely, while some have a specific game total attached to their suspension. Either way, a lot of the players who have dealt with the swift punishment of the league were not high-profile players, but fringe players who were cut immediately.
Who’s to blame for these issues?
Is it the NFL itself? As gambling entities have their names emblazoned on the side of stadiums and sportsbooks stake claim as “the official sportsbook of the NFL” the hypocrisy couldn’t be more evident.
On the flip side, the players absolutely should know the rules, even as vague as they currently are, and know how to keep themselves out of trouble when it comes to what they can, and can’t, gamble on. Not to mention where they can, or can’t, place those specific bets.
There is no easy answer with this debate. Some people will suggest it’s the league who should have all blame placed on their shoulders for the blatant hypocrisy. Others will say the players should also know the rules, and abide by those rules, despite what may or may not be legal where they currently reside.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below, and check out the latest “Opinion or Fact” podcast in the player below where co-hosts Jeff Hartman and Wesley Coleman debate this very topic on the FFSN NFL podcast feed.