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Goodell: NFL’s opposition to legalized sports gambling isn’t changing

Super Bowl Betting

Prop bets are displayed above the crowd before the start of Super Bowl XLVII in the sports book at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the football action. The San Francisco 49ers started out as a 5-point favorite but the Baltimore Ravens won 34-31. Odds makers say California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and the Lake Tahoe area with wagers on the hometown team, which hadn’t been in the Super Bowl since 1995. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chase Stevens)


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.