The NFL American football league Commissioner Roger Goodall has spoken out about his concerns for integrity towards the sport.
These concerns come in the wake of New Jersey pursuing for a nationwide regulation of sports wagering in the US particularly looking to overturning the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
PASPA makes it unlawful for governmental entities to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, licence or authorise betting, gambling or wagering schemes that are based on games played by amateur or professional athletes.
Currently Nevada is the only state where PASPA does not apply, however the US Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on New Jersey’s case around the middle of the year which it is assumed will certainly open the market nationwide.
There still seems to be a fair amount thought going into the possible move by the professional sports leagues in the country who were initially against this move, however a number have recently stated that they could support the move providing there are benefit to their respective competitions.
Roger Goodall aslo said:-
“You want to be certain that there are no outside influences on our game and that fans don’t even have any issue with that, they understand, whether there’s a perception or not, that there’s no influence in our game – and that’s something that we stand firmly behind on the integrity of our game.”
“We see changes going on; obviously I don’t think 10 years ago most people would have looked at having an NFL franchise or an NHL franchise in Las Vegas.
“Clearly there are changes occurring, the Supreme Court is considering changes potentially in laws with respect to gambling across our country.
“And I think we’re going to be prepared as a league to address those, no matter how the Supreme Court comes out, but also how things continue to evolve.