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NewLasVegasstadiumforNFLRaiders。

TheNationalFootballLeague’s(NFL)longstandingstanceagainstgamblingisbeingchallengedasfansatLasVegasRaidershomegamesmaybeabletobetviamobiledevices。

UnlesstheNFLchangestheleaseterms,theNevadaGamingCommission(NGC)planstoallowfanstobetonsmartphonesandtabletsinsidetheRaiders’newstadium。

TheconditionalleasewhichtransferstheRaidersfromOaklandtoNevadawheresportsbettingislegalwasrecentlyapproved。

Thestrictanti-gamblingstanceremains,withtheleaseprohibiting“anyGamingorGambling,themaintainingoroperatingofaGamingEstablishmentand/orsportswageringoranywageringonracingorothernon-sportsevents。



Theleaseexplainsthat“‘Gaming’or‘Gamblingshallmeantodeal,operate,carryon,conduct,maintainorexposeforplayanyGame,gamingdevice,inter-casinolinkedsystem,mobilegamingsystem,interactivegamingsystem,slotmachine,racebookorsportspool,oranyotherformofgamingorgamblinghereafteraddedtoNRSChapter463oranysuccessorstatutes。



ButtheNGChasfoundaloophole,withtheregulator’schairman,TonyAlamorevealingmobilebettingmaybeallowedsincethelanguagedoesnotprohibitmobilebookmakerapps。

Nothingintheleasemakesitillegalsobettorsmaybeabletoplacewagersinthestadiumastheyarewatchingthematches。

WhiletheNFLcouldstillasktheNGCtoprohibitaccesstothemobilesportsbettingappsatthestadium,ithasnotdonesoyet。

“TheNFLhasnotapproachedmeforanypolicydecisions,”Alamosaid。

“TheNevadaGamingCommissionisthepolicymakerforthestateofNevadaandgaming,andtheyhavenotapproachedusinanyshape,wayorform。



WhenESPNreachedouttotheNFLforcomment,spokesmanBrianMcCarthysaidinanemailtheRaidersarerequiredtoabidebyLeaguerulesonthematter。

WhileNFL’sCommissionerRogerGoodellsaidinMarchitwouldnotrequestNevadabookmakerstoremovebettingmarkets“inlargepartbecauseyouhavetheregulatoryenvironmentthere,whichactuallycouldbebeneficialinthiscase”,thereisstilltimeforapolicychange。

TheRaiderswillnotbeplayingattheLasVegasstadiumuntil2020。

Sincetheleaseisconditional,theNFLcouldamendthepolicytostoppuntersfromusingabookmaker’sapp。

ThesportingcodealreadyshutsdownbettingretailoutletslocatedinsidevenueswhentheNFLplaysintheUKwheresportsbettingislegal。

Still,mobilewageringremainslegalhereandoccurs。

SportsbettingisincreasinginpopularityinNevada,asisbettingonmobiledevices。

AccordingtoESPN,datashowsaround53percentofwagersatWilliamHill’sNevada-basedbookmakerisdoneviasmartphonesandtablets。

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