NFL Commissioner Goodell ready for legalized sports betting
He may not like the idea, but at least he’s willing to accept it. Despite being opposed to legalized sports betting, NFL Commission Roger Goodell says that the league will embrace it if the Supreme Court overturns PASPA. The courts are expected to rule in favor of reversing PASPA at some point this year.
As an entity, the NFL doesn’t want to see sports betting become legally accepted. The league has continuously opposed the idea and will continue to do so. Goodell is concerned that players might be influenced by gambling, and wants to ensure the integrity of the game. However, if PASPA is reversed, Goodell understands that the NFL will virtually have no choice other than to accept and deal with it.
PASPA was enacted in 1972 and limited sports gambling to only a few states. New Jersey launched a case in Supreme Court last year, requesting that the act be abolished. The court has indirectly given an indication that it will side with New Jersey, and other states have been lining up alongside the Garden State in anticipation of the court’s ruling. The NBA has also taken its position beside the states, asking that it receive 1% of all sports bets if PASPA is reversed.