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NFL To Siphon Money From Players Over Charity Arm Wrestling Tournament: Reports

League Says It Didn't Know About Event


The NFL is allowing the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas, but one shouldn’t think it means that the league has changed its position on gambling.

NFL rules still state that players can’t be involved with any promotional event at a casino. About 30 former and current players were reminded of that pesky rule this past weekend.

A group of active players that includes Steelers linebacker James Harrison and center Maurkice Pouncey, Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman, Raiders kicker Marquette King and defensive end Mario Edwards, and Patriots safety Patrick Chung participated in a charity arm wrestling match inside a nightclub at MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip.

The event was filmed for TV and will air on CBS late next month. Encinal Entertainment Group organized the event, according to ESPN.

The league plans to fine the active players who participated, according to reports.

NFL players can gamble at casinos, like some have done in the past at the annual World Series of Poker, but they can’t be used in any way to promote an event.

The league, which takes in about $13 billion a year, claims that it didn’t know about the five-day arm wrestling tournament until after it concluded.

Despite approving a team for the gambling capital of America, the NFL is still resisting calls for a nationwide federal sports betting framework. All the other major sports leagues have been warming to that idea, while the NFL still claims that gambling hurts the integrity of the sport.