Goodell: NFL’s opposition to legalized sports gambling isn’t changing
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell affirmed Friday that the league remains committed to opposing further legalization of sports gambling.
“As you know, we fought legalized gambling, sports gambling, for a long time, most recently here in New Jersey, and I would see our position in the same vein going forward,” Goodell said.
Goodell’s response stemmed from a question about the league’s support of fantasy football and distaste for sports betting.
“We don’t put fantasy football in that category at all,” Goodell said, referring to gambling.
Goodell relayed a story of a father and teenage daughter bonding over fantasy football and playing in the same league.
“Fantasy has a way of people engaging more with football, and they do it in a fun, friendly, in this case, a family manner,” Goodell said.
Sports betting is legal in four states, most notably Nevada. Just short of $99 million was legally wagered in Nevada on last year’s Super Bowl, according to the state’s gaming control board.