Published: May 22, 2018

Roger Goodell, NFL ask Congress for 'uniform standards' on sports betting

In response to last week’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports gambling, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement Monday asking Congress to enact “uniform standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting.”

Specifically, in its statement, the NFL says it is asking for standards that include at least four core principles: Consumer protections, protection of content and intellectual property, the open availability to “official, reliable” data, and for law enforcement to have resources to monitor and impose punishment to “bad actors.”

The Supreme Court ruling puts the onus on individual states to decide whether to legalize sports gambling, which could create several complications. Mainly, the laws and regulations issued by one state could vary significantly with those enacted by another.

With major national sports leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL each having franchises across the country, this could create a mess of distinctive regulations that could be challenging to enforce.

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