As excitement grows for Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reminded all 32 teams about the league’s strict gambling policies. In a memo sent out on February 1, Goodell emphasized the importance of upholding the integrity of the game, especially with the backdrop of Sin City hosting the event for the first time.
Goodell’s memo highlighted the regulations surrounding any form of betting on the Super Bowl, including traditional practices like squares and pools, as well as similar contests. The memo also clarified that access to Las Vegas sportsbooks during the Super Bowl is strictly limited. Individuals are only permitted to pass through sportsbooks to reach designated areas, and sharing of confidential information is strictly forbidden.
The memo also outlined specific guidelines for various personnel categories within the NFL community. While “non-player personnel” have been temporarily authorized to engage in casino gambling activities such as blackjack and slot machines during off-hours, this privilege does not extend to players affiliated with either participating team.
Goodell stressed the importance of collective responsibility in safeguarding the integrity of the Super Bowl, emphasizing the global anticipation and significance of the event to fans worldwide. He stated in the memo, “We must all do our part to protect the integrity of our game and avoid even the appearance of improper conduct.”
This reinforcement of the NFL’s gambling policies comes as scrutiny surrounding sports betting intensifies, particularly with the Super Bowl being held in a city synonymous with high-stakes gambling. The NFL remains steadfast in its commitment to maintaining fairness and transparency in all aspects of the game.
The league imposes severe penalties for athletes involved in gambling activities, including a minimum one-year suspension for betting on NFL games and a lifetime ban for any involvement in game fixing or providing inside information. While modifications in 2023 allowed players to bet on sports other than the NFL under certain conditions, they are prohibited from entering sportsbooks during the NFL playing season, except for specific circumstances.