Why the NFL Stopped Seeing Gambling as a Threat—and Started to See a Windfall

For decades, the NFL’s high-level conversations about legalizing sports betting centered only on how problematic it would be. The NFL was long resolute in its belief that legal sports gambling would be a threat to its integrity, even as the NBA and others warmed to the idea. Just last year, when NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, commissioner Roger Goodell made the league’s stance clear: “We still strongly oppose, in that room and otherwise, legalized sports gambling,” he said.

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