On Monday, the NFL experienced the agony of defeat in the highest court in the nation. Soon, the NFL will experience the thrill of financial victory.
Ever proud of its track record in court, losing before the U.S. Supreme Court in the sports betting case undermines the league’s legal prowess. But it will result in the NFL making more millions (maybe billions) via increased interest in the sport sparked by wagering, along with the possibility that some states will be dumb enough to pay “integrity fees” to the sports leagues.
UPDATE 1:00 P.M. ET: The NFL has issued a statement on the issue, with a vow to lobby Congress for a “core regulatory framework” applicable to sports wagering.
In the aftermath of a closed-door meeting brokered by Governor Jim Justice (pictured), who has a clear conflict of interest by virtue of his ownership of a resort that does business with the NFL and the PGA, a West Virginia lawmaker is seeking access to any and all information discussed and disclosed during the session.
Shawn Fluharty, a Delegate from Ohio County, has sent a letter to the director of the state’s Lottery Commission seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act. The letter seeks all meeting notes, sign-in sheets, email messages discussing the meeting, handouts distributed during the meeting, visitor logs, and any video surveillance of the room at the Lottery Commission where the meeting was held.
The information should shed plenty of light both on the involvement of Justice and his advisors in attempting to cajole the state’s casinos into paying the integrity fee, along with whatever the sports leagues may be saying or doing to try to squeeze West Virginia to pay the fee.
When the 2018 season ends, Michel may outperform his fellow running backs, but there’s a strong possibility the rookie starts the season in a rotational role alongside three veterans already familiar with the offensive system.