The League

David Carter
Sports Business Expert

David Carter

Executive Director, USC Sports Business Institute

Betting a Fine Line


The NFL should not change its stance on gambling due to any short-medium term economic challenges.

The league is well aware that fantasy sports and office pools, as well as legal and illegal wagering, play a vitally important role in driving continued interest in the NFL. But fundamentally repositioning the league and embracing an unspoken element of its business model due solely to current market conditions would be a mistake.

At the same time, the NFL needs to tacitly encourage it, while not officially endorsing it. While no doubt a fine line, crossing it could bring with it added scrutiny from advocacy groups, the federal government, and others that the NFL may not want to engage.

By David Carter  |  May 15, 2009; 6:40 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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As part of the effort to "tacitly encourage" speculation on their games, referee assignments should be made public in the days prior to the games (as the NBA currently does).

Posted by: ARCstats | May 18, 2009 8:50 PM

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