The NFL could have sanctioned the Raiders‘ move to vegas but that doesn’t mean it’s happy for its players to hold out in gambling enterprises, even for arm-wrestling contests.
LA Rams‘ Jamon Brown squares off against Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ Howard Jones during the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at the MGM Grand but are they about to get strong-armed by the NFL for engaging in casino activities that are promotional?
Over 30 players, including Maurkice Pouncey, Mychal Kendricks, Navarro Bowman, Kenny Stills, and Marquette King, could find themselves in warm water for competing in the inaugural ‚Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship‘ at the MGM Grand over the weekend.
The event had been co-hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and former running back Marshawn Lynch, a made-for-TV deal that is set to be broadcast on CBS on May 27 28.
But based on NFL policy, players are not permitted to ‚promote casino activities,‘ which includes casinos that are attending part of promotional activities, unless they look for pre-approval, which, in line with the NFL, is exactly what everyone apparently forgot doing.
‚Had we been asked in advance if this had been acceptable, we might have indicated that it was in direct breach associated with gambling policy,‘ Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s VP for communications and affairs that are public told USA TODAY Sports. ‚No one sought pre-approval.‘