Goodell fields questions about possible Vegas pitfalls
By Norm Clarke
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PHOENIX, Ariz. — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league isn’t “contemplating at this point” a move that would prohibit Nevada sports books from taking bets on the Raiders.
Addressing the media during the owners’ spring meeting, Goodell said the “regulatory environment there would be beneficial in that case.”
He said the Raiders did not ask for any changes as far as sports books.
Goodell fielded a number of questions about potential pitfalls about having team in Las Vegas, a day after the Raiders’ relocation request was approved by a 31-1 vote.
On concerns that the players will need to be educated to avoid potential trouble: “I think we have an obligation to do that with all 32 teams. My experience is 21-year-olds can find trouble in a lot of different places, by the way. That’s one of the reasons why we focus so much on our personal conduct policies.”
Goodell said, “I think society in general has a little bit of a change as respect to gambling in general. We’ve seen that. I think we still strongly oppose in that (owners) room, and otherwise, legalized sports gambling. The integrity of our game is No. 1. We will not compromise on that.”
Asked how the league changed its stance so quickly on Las Vegas, he said, “Las Vegas is not the same city it was 10 or 20 years ago. It’s a much more diverse city. It has become an entertainment mecca. It is the fastest growing city in the country.”