The NFL and the Arizona Cardinals have taken several steps to prevent its players, coaches, and team officials from wagering on NFL contests.
What is the NFL’s Policy on Gambling?
The NFL Policy on Gambling is fairly simple – NFL players are prohibited from wagering on any NFL-related activity. That includes all preseason, regular season, and postseason events sponsored by the NFL. Depending on the severity of the offense, an Arizona Cardinals player caught violating the policy could face a possible lifetime ban from the NFL.
The NFL Policy includes team personnel, including owners, team trainers, teamdoctors, or anyone else employed by an NFL team or the league.
The NFL Policy prohibits“ All NFL Personnel other than Players are further prohibited from placing, soliciting, or facilitating bets on any other professional (e.g., NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, USTA, MLS), college (e.g., NCAA basketball), international (e.g., World Baseball Classic, World Cup), or Olympic sports competition, tournament or event.”
Arizona Cardinals Team Officials Emphasize Six Keys Rules of Gambling Policy
For players and team officials to better understand the policy on gambling on the NFL, and in conjunction with the NFL, theCardinals require its players to attend mandatory meetings where the “Six Keys” are discussed. Those six keys are:
- Don’t bet on the NFL
- Don’t gamble at your team facility while traveling for a road game or staying at a team hotel
- Don’t have someone bet for you
- Don’t share team “inside information”
- Don’t enter a sportsbook during the NFL playing season
- Don’t play daily fantasy football
Now that we understand that policy, let’s consider what Arizona Cardinals players can bet on.
What Are Arizona Cardinals Players Allowed to Bet On?
Let’s say Kyler Murray wants to bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks to win the World Series – he can, just as long as he doesn’t stake the wager from the team facilities, the team hotel, or with an offshore betting account.
James Conner can bet on his Pittsburgh Panthers to win the ACC just as long as he does it away from the Cardinals facilities or accommodations the team provides, like a team hotel or his training camp dorm.
Suppose Zach Ertz tells his wife that Murray will return sooner than expected, but the information isn’t public knowledge. That’s okay, but if his wife uses that info to make a wager on the Cardinals, Ertz would violate the policy and face a possible lengthy suspension.
If Head Coach Jonathan Gannon gets a hot tip on a Diamondbacks baseball game, he is prohibited from making the wager. He’s not allowed to have someone wager for him, either.
The rules are very clear about what Arizona Cardinals players can bet on. They can wager on any sport other than the NFL, but they must do so away from team facilities. They aren’t allowed to use beards to bet for them, not hand out any inside info to their associates, and are to refrain from all Daily Fantasy Sports NFL football contests.
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