Legalized sports gambling has come into play throughout the United States following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down earlier legislation that prohibited states from authorizing legal sports betting.
This has forced major sports leagues to think about how to manage the new landscape, and a major concern is protecting the integrity of the game.
The NFL has consistently been against legalized sports betting, and it has been cracking down on players who have allegedly been involved in the practice.
NFL insider Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that several players are set to be suspended for the entire 2023 season as a result.
A handful of NFL players, including Colts cornerback and kick returner Isaiah Rodgers, are expected to receive season-long suspensions this week for allegedly gambling, sources told ESPN. pic.twitter.com/7hPaqJOQlN
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) 28 June 2023
Last season, Calvin Ridley, a standout wide receiver, was suspended for the entire program for allegedly betting on games, including against the Atlanta Falcons, the team he played for at the time (then He has since been traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars).
The NFL clarified its rules regarding players and other team employees engaging in gambling, and it prohibited them from betting on any NFL game and gambling at team facilities or while traveling with their squad. Is done.
The main concern appears to be protecting the integrity of the game and preventing any conflict of interest from having any effect on the results of the game.
Old sports fans will remember when Major League Baseball legend Pete Rose was banned from the league in the late 1980s after it was revealed that he had bet on games involving his Cincinnati Reds.
Perhaps the NFL wants to prevent something like this from happening again.
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