The NFL could have sanctioned the Raiders’ move to Las vegas, nevada but that doesn’t mean it’s happy because of its players to hold out in casinos, 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 get strong-armed by the NFL for engaging in casino marketing activities?
Over 30 players, including Maurkice Pouncey, Mychal Kendricks, Navarro Bowman, Kenny Stills, and Marquette King, could find themselves in hot water for competing in the inaugural ‘Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship’ at the MGM Grand over the weekend.
The event ended up being 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 according to NFL policy, players are not permitted to ‘promote casino activities,’ which includes attending casinos as part of promotional occasions, unless they seek pre-approval, which, based on the NFL, is really what everyone apparently forgot to complete.
‘Had we been asked in advance if this had been appropriate, we’d have indicated that it was in direct violation of this gambling policy,’ Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s VP for communications and affairs that are public told USA TODAY Sports. ‘No one sought pre-approval.’