Sporting events will never be the same again. One knowledgeable source expressed serious misgivings about the National Football League ever accepting legalized gambling a decade ago. Every penalty or dropped pass—the natural ebbs and flows of games—”inevitably will fuel suspicion, skepticism, and accusations of point-shaving or game-fixing,” according to the report. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was the moralist, stating the league’s opposition to extending sports betting outside of Nevada.
Part of the reason for the position’s existence was due to prior experience. Just before the championship game in 1946, the league learned that two New York Giants players had been offered bribes to toss the game to the Chicago Bears.