At all times take the over. On Friday morning, the NFL announced the suspension of 5 gamers for playing coverage violations. Quintez Cephus, C.J. Moore, Stanley Berryhill, and Jameson Williams of the Detroit Lions, and Shaka Toney of the Washington Commanders apparently all ignored how Calvin Ridley missed all of last season due to gambling on football.
Cephus, Moore, and Shaka are suspended for a minimum of all of this upcoming season and might petition for reinstatement when the season is over. They are going to greater than seemingly be reinstated, provided that Ridley’s suspension set a precedent. Berryhill and Williams are out for the primary six common season video games and might take part in all offseason and preseason actions, together with preseason video games. They gained’t be “suspended” till after the ultimate roster cuts.
The league’s playing coverage prohibits anybody within the NFL from “participating in any type of playing in any membership or league facility or venue, together with the apply facility.” Nevertheless, that wasn’t the case in 2017.
“We aren’t altering our place because it pertains to legalized sports activities playing,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell once told Peter King of MMQB. “We nonetheless don’t assume it’s a constructive factor.”
What the NFL stated in 2017 about playing
That 12 months — 2017 — was additionally the identical 12 months that the league released a statement saying this:
“Because it was for my predecessors, there is no such thing as a larger precedence for me because the Commissioner of the Nationwide Soccer League than defending the integrity of our sport. Our followers, our gamers and our coaches need to know that we’re doing every part doable to make sure no improper influences have an effect on how the sport is performed on the sector. Final week’s ruling by the Supreme Court docket has no impact on that unwavering dedication.
Now we have spent appreciable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports activities playing and are ready to deal with these modifications in a considerate and complete manner, together with substantial schooling and compliance trainings for our golf equipment, gamers, staff and companions. These efforts embody supporting commonsense laws that protects our gamers, coaches and followers and maintains public confidence in our video games. We’re asking Congress to enact core requirements for states that select to legalize sports activities betting that embody, at a minimal, 4 core rules:
1. There should be substantial shopper protections;
2. Sports activities leagues can defend our content material and mental property from those that try and steal or misuse it;
3. Followers may have entry to official, dependable league information; and
4. Legislation enforcement may have the sources, monitoring and enforcement instruments needed to guard our followers and penalize unhealthy actors right here at dwelling and overseas.”
By 2021, the league had announced Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel as a few of its official sports-betting companions.