The NFL joined other sports leagues earlier this month in protesting sports gambling in the state of Delaware. The NFL in particular alerted the Delaware Supreme Court that skills plays “an impermissible” role in the art of sports gambling and therefore should not be legal.
(It’ll be just as classy as this; promise!)
However, choosing your parents’ anniversary date as your Pick 4 numbers doesn’t count as skill in the NFL’s eyes, which is why they’re encouraging your favorite team to belly up to the state lottery trough and partner up for special games based around NFL teams. Why not? Guessing if Brett Favre will return has the same amount of skill as scratching a $5 vending ticket.
The New York Jets and New York Giants are considering special games just for them (”If the player number at the top is in the Tom Coughlin doghouse below, you win the dollar amount wasted by that player this month…”). The Washington Redskins and New England Patriots are already signed up for their own games. (No word on how you can cheat on the latter.)
At least five other teams have shown some level of interest in helping schools stay funded through non-traditional means. (You may stop laughing now.) Mind you, all of this has happened since the NFL lifted its restrictions on lottery associations a week ago.