Players’ unions weigh in on potential legalized sports gambling nationwide

The players’ unions from North America’s major professional sports leagues on Thursday issued an unprecedented joint statement regarding the potential for betting on their respective games being legalized across the United States.

The statement — released on the NFLPA’s Twitter feed — appeared to be a preemptive move by the unions ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling by late June on a case under which New Jersey, through a suit filed by then-Gov. Chris Christie, is seeking to strike down the federal law that prevents states, besides Nevada, from allowing gambling on sports.

Earlier this year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said (via Legal Sports Report) that his league’s stance on wagering remained much the same as it has been historically: The NFL isn’t embracing sports betting nor is it actively opposing it.

“The time has come to address not just who profits from sports gambling, but also the costs,” their statement read, in part. “Our unions have been discussing the potential impact of legalized gambling on players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility of our businesses.”

King was released by the Raiders because new head coach Jon Gruden reportedly had issues with the veteran’s personality. However, King said he never even met Gruden. Six days after he was cut, King agreed to a three-year deal with the Broncos.

There’s no way any other invitation Reid gets can be viewed as anything other than window-dressing. If there ever is another visit, expect the same result, the same line of questions, the same process and the same tactics.

But in reality, don’t expect another visit. The NFL can cross Reid off its list. It can no longer be said, “Nobody even brought him in to talk.” The same routine was pulled on Colin Kaepernick last offseason; if nothing else, the teases with the Seahawks and Ravens, as clumsy as they were, saved other teams the trouble of going through those motions this offseason.seahawks_004

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