National Football League could fine players for arm wrestling at Las Vegas casino

Posted April 13, 2017

Additionally, Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Navarro Bowman and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King were reportedly participants in the big event.

Secondly, and far more importantly, the National Football League really needs to figure out its mind-numbing, double-standard on casinos and gambling before the Raiders complete their move to Las Vegas. League policy dictates that NFL personnel are prohibited from making promotional appearances at casinos.

That the event was staged at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has captured the attention of the suits at National Football League headquarters on Park Avenue.

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The league's stance is that besides games of chance, casinos in Las Vegas also have legal bookies that accept bets on sporting events.

The NFL will fine a group of players, including the Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison, for violating the league's gambling policy, NFL Network Insider's Ian Rapoport reported.

USA Today reports that a portion of the prize money for the event, which will reportedly be broadcast on CBS in May and June, will be donated to a charity of the winning players' choice. ESPN has reached out to event organizers for comment.

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As a close friend of Harrison's said, "The casinos own everything" in Las Vegas.

At the age of 39 and in perhaps his final season, it might not even be the last time that the Steelers linebacker will face league discipline.

In the big picture, the arm wrestling event is a fresh test of the NFL's gambling policy.

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What the arm wrestling incident has brought into focus is the fact that in three years, the No Fun League is going to set up shop in a city whose express goal is to facilitate the exact types of jovial times it wants to restrict. Bringing a team to the gambling capital of the world may present some unique challenges for the NFL.