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. Joe Lockhart, the NFL's executive vice president for communications and public affairs voiced his issues on the situation. The event was canceled after Romo and other players involved were told by the league that fines could be levied if they participated. On March 27, NFL team owners voted 31-1 to approve the Raiders' application to relocate to Las Vegas during the annual league meetings in Phoenix.
The arm wrestling championship featured heavyweight and light heavyweight titles. Apparently, commissioner Roger Goodell or whoever else he instructs to take such action would do so with a straight face, even though the National Football League has gotten into bed with gambling more and more in recent years. I am an employee of the National Football League, and it's my job to follow the rules, and hopefully, they understand it was for a great cause. The league's policy against gambling bars players from taking part in promotional events at casinos.
That is the sticking point for the arm wrestling event, which was held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
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Even as the NFL has approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, the league's gambling policy is still not one with much gray area.
In the meantime, you know where you can find Harrison - in the weight room. That goes to what I consider the integrity of the game. After the news of the Raiders move broke, a Nevada brothel owner announced he was opening a Raiders-themed "sex palace" with player discounts. That prompted a question to Goodell about whether special policies will be needed for the Raiders.
"We have policies in place now", he said. Vegas, baby. What happens in Vegas (except in this case) stays in Vegas. "We don't see changing our current policies". It resonates on Park Avenue, too.