The NFL may have sanctioned the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas but that doesn’t mean it’s happy for the players to hang out in gambling enterprises, even for arm-wrestling contests.
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 getting 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, could find themselves in heated 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 running back Marshawn Lynch, a made-for-TV deal that is placed 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 activities, unless they look for pre-approval, which, based on the NFL, is exactly what everyone apparently forgot to complete.
‘Had we been asked in advance if this ended up being acceptable, we would have indicated that it was in direct violation of the gambling policy,’ Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s VP for communications and public affairs, told USA TODAY Sports. ‘No one sought pre-approval.’