The Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act was repealed five years ago on May 14, 2014. The US Supreme Court overturned the law that limited sports betting in Nevada. This led to a rapid growth of the industry across the nation.
In five years, only a few states have launched the legal sports betting, while over 30 have already legalized it. The NFL initially opposed expanding the activity. However, they eventually opened it up and signed partnerships with the leading operators FanDuel DraftKings, and Caesars, as official partners.
As sports betting became more popular, concerns arose about possible violations of rules and integrity of games. The NFL works with sportsbooks, tracking platforms and regulators to ensure that the rules are followed. A new report from ESPN has revealed that the NFL will be investigating a second wave of possible violations of its gambling policies, citing various sources.
The investigation is referred to as the “second wave,” because it comes after multiple suspensions announced last month by the NFL . The League announced at the time that it had begun an investigation into five players who may have violated the League’s gambling policies. Four players were suspended from the Detroit Lions. These included receivers Quintez Cephus and Stanley Berryhill as well as safety C.J. Moore. Shaka Toney was the fifth player suspended. He is the Washington Commands’ defensive line.
Which teams or players are under investigation? If the investigation continues, then additional suspensions could be imposed by The League.
Ensure compliance with the rules
is the League‘s top priority. This includes ensuring the integrity of games, and the compliance of coaches, players and other NFL personnel. It has partnered with platforms like US integrity to monitor bets made by individuals.
To ensure that these individuals are not involved in betting, the League provides a list of those who are prohibited from using such platforms and bookmakers. It’s still important to note that the NFL does allow players to wager on non-NFL matches, but they are restricted from doing so at team or league facilities.