NFL Likely to Allow Mobile Betting at Las Vegas Raiders Stadium
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the news that the Oakland Raiders are planning to move to Las Vegas in the next few years. After already having gotten approval on a 65,000-seat stadium that’ll cost nearly $2 billion, the Raiders received approval from league owners to pick up shop and relocate. The team will continue to play in Oakland until the new place is ready around 2020.
On Monday, we got some details regarding what Las Vegas has planned for the new stadium. According to ESPN’s David Purdum, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority unanimously approved a conditional lease agreement for the Raiders to make the move. NFL owners will subsequently vote on the matter this week at their meetings in Chicago.
What About Betting?
While the lease itself does prohibit any sort of gambling or gaming inside the actual stadium, there is nothing in the agreement that blocks access to any mobile sports betting apps offered by Nevada’s regulated sportsbooks. As long as bettors are inside Nevada’s state lines, they are allowed to place bets on sporting events via mobile apps.
If it wants, the NFL could request that the Nevada Gaming Commission prohibits access to these apps and sites inside the stadium by instituting a global technology restriction. However, the NGC says it has not yet heard from the league on the matter.
NGC chairman Tony Alamo said (via ESPN),
“The NFL has not approached me for any policy decisions. The Nevada Gaming Commission is the policy maker for the state of Nevada and gaming, and they have not approached us in any way, shape or form.”
NFL Remains Mum
The NFL has taken a hard stance against sports betting in the past, but they appear to be easing their views. Last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league would decline to request that Raiders games be removed from betting consideration at local Nevada sportsbooks. Of course, the Raiders won’t be playing in Las Vegas for the next several years. The league still has plenty of time to potentially alter the current policy.
As you may be aware, sports betting apps have exploded in terms of popularity in the state of Nevada over the last several years. Per ESPN, 53 percent of all money bet at the William Hill sportsbook in Nevada is done via their own mobile app. CG Technology, Wynn, Westgate and MGM are other big brands that offer their own mobile app.
The only place that currently hosts NFL games that also has legalized gambling is the United Kingdom. The NFL has taken a similar stance there to the one they seem to be leaning toward regarding the Raiders in Las Vegas. Betting kiosks located inside the stadiums themselves are shut down by the league during games, but fans are able to access betting apps freely.
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