The NFL could have sanctioned the Raiders’ move to Las vegas, nevada but that doesn’t mean it’s happy for the players to hold out in gambling enterprises, even for arm-wrestling competitions.
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 obtain 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, may find themselves in warm water for competing in the inaugural ‘Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship’ at the MGM Grand over the weekend.
The occasion had been co-hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and former operating right back Marshawn Lynch, a made-for-TV deal that is defined 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 events, unless they seek pre-approval, which, based on the NFL, is what everyone apparently forgot to accomplish.
‘Had we been asked ahead of time if this was acceptable, we might have indicated that it was in direct breach regarding the gambling policy,’ Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s VP for communications and public affairs, told USA TODAY Sports. ‘No one sought pre-approval.’