With the NHL’s Golden Knights starting play in October and the NFL’s Raiders in Las Vegas in 2020. it is going to be hard to stop more states from operating sports books like the ones in Nevada.
A sanctimonious Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of a league where 30 owners, his bosses and the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors gave approval for one of their own, the Raiders Mark Davis to move his business from Oakland, California to the heart of legalized sports betting in the United States, Las Vegas, Nevada, is still on record saying his league does not support legalized sports gambling. Goodell told Monday Morning Quarterback the league “is not changing our position as it relates to legalized sports gambling. We still don’t think it is a positive thing. We want to make sure that the integrity of our game is the primary concern and we do everything possible to protect that. And that people are watching it for the outcome, and they know that it is not being influenced by any outside influences. We are very determined to continue that, and we will; that’s a first priority for us.”
At some point, Congress may reconsider a 1992 piece of legislation that allows sports gambling of various degrees in just Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware, beyond those four states. Goodell might have to appear before Congress to lobby against sports gambling. The NFL has been fighting the establishment of a sports book in New Jersey since voters said yes to opening up sports books in the state in 2011. A judge has backed the NFL’s fight by blocking the will of the New Jersey voters hiding behind the 1992 federal legislation. The NFL stopped major sports gambling expansion in Delaware. It is going to be difficult for Goodell to reconcile his anti-gambling stance with a team in Las Vegas and developing business interests in London, England where there is sports gambling. Goodell has to defend owners who embrace sports gambling when it suits them, such as fantasy sports partners yet fight it on some imaginary moral ground.
The Raiders franchise will move to Las Vegas in 2020