Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

National Football League looking into arm wrestling contest

National Football League looking into arm wrestling contest

That's right, Sin City.

The NFL is moving to Las Vegas once the Oakland Raiders wrap up the whole pesky "building a stadium" thing and head for the desert in 2020.

To be exact, this exhibition of testosterone and bicep strength was held at the MGM Grand.

The league's gambling policy states that NFL players are not allowed to participate a promotional events at casinos.

When asked for comment on Monday, Bill Parise, Harrison's Beaver County-based agent, politely declined. Though it's tough to imagine players getting more than fines over this - the Rob Gronkowski boat-cruise situation went nowhere - Harrison probably feels he can't go more than a few months without encountering the suits in NY. It will probably test the league's policy on gambling, but it's also casting an interesting light on the current setup in Vegas.

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And it was put on in partnership with the Giving Back Fund, a nonprofit that sets up charity events and has worked with the NFL Players' Association and the NFL Trust, a fund for retired players. Harrison posted several social media pictures of himself at the event, which seems innocuous in nature and was hardly secretive, as evidenced by the sheer volume of pro athletes involved. But only now did the league act? However, with so many ways to gamble on your phone nowadays, you really don't need to move to Vegas to exacerbate fears of gambling. The Steelers are one of them - Draft Kings advertises on the scoreboards at Heinz Field.

A few years ago, the National Football League would have never dreamed of putting franchise in the gambling capital of the USA. Those players probably thought it was a harmless event, but it's going to cost them some money.

Rare is the human being that can make Jams Harrison, one of the league's most intimidating players with a history of questionable hits, a sympathetic figure.

Brandt wrote that "the walls between the National Football League and gambling are being broken down, in large part due to new monetization angles and revenue streams flowing from Daily Fantasy Sports". If New Jersey would win, other states surely would follow.

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