"When on business, there is no gambling, whether it be sports gambling or otherwise," the NFL's VP of communications said this week
The NFL held a press conference call to emphasize the league's policy around gambling
Despite Super Bowl LVIII taking place in Las Vegas, the NFL's communications VP said the "rules are no different" this year
In 2023, the NFL suspended multiple players for violating the NFL's betting policy
With Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on the horizon, the NFL is reiterating its policy prohibiting players from participating in betting.
Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president of communications, emphasized the league's rules on a conference call with reporters this week, according to CNN.
“The rules are no different for the participating teams’ players and other personnel as they would be for any other game," Miller said on the call, per CNN. "When on business, there is no gambling, whether it be sports gambling or otherwise," he added.
Miller confirmed that "any player, coach, personnel," including himself, "who would be caught or identified gambling at a casino would be eligible for the disciplinary process."
According to the NFL's communications VP, that means anyone caught participating in betting "would be addressed in the normal course of discipline as we would any player or other personnel who there was evidence that was violating the rules around gambling," per CNN.
NFL general manager of sports betting, David Highhill, also addressed the league's policy around gambling amid the 2024 Super Bowl.
“We think about sports betting at the NFL every day, and you could distill it all down to two things: it’s through a prism of protecting game integrity, and then delivering experiences for fans that are interested in sports betting,” Highhill said during the conference call, according to CNN.
Highhill added, "I think those are the two primary orientations that we’re all working together to accomplish both at the same time.”
In 2023, the NFL suspended eight players who violated the league's gambling policy.
In April, the league announced indefinite suspensions for Quintez Cephus and C.J. Moore of the Detroit Lions and Shaka Toney of the Washington Commanders through at least the conclusion of the 2023 season for betting on NFL games.
The Lions were also hit with the suspension of Stanley Berryhill and Jameson Williams, who were barred for the team's first six regular season games of the 2023 season after betting from an NFL facility on non-NFL games.
"These players exhibited decision-making that is not consistent with our organizational values and violates league rules," a statement from Detroit Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager Brad Holmes reads.
Then in June, the NFL announced Indianapolis Colts players Isaiah Rodgers Sr. and Rashod Berry and free agent Demetrius Taylor were receiving indefinite suspensions for betting on games. The Tennessee Titans’ Nicholas Petit-Frere was suspended for six games.
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Soon after, Rodgers and Berry were cut by the Colts. The decision came after Rodgers apologized for gambling on games after a report earlier in the month indicated he was making bets from inside the Colts facilities.
"I know I have made mistakes and I am willing to do whatever it takes to repair the situation," Rodgers had said, adding that he was taking “full responsibility for my actions.”
"The last thing I ever wanted to do was to be a distraction to the Colts organization, my coaches, and my teammates,” he added. “I've let people down that I care about.”
Super Bowl LVIII kicks off Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.
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