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NFL Announces Updates to Sports Betting Policy

Written by: Michael Savio
Published October 2, 2023
6 min read
NFL Announces Updates to Sports Betting Policy

The NFL announced updates to its sports betting policy with significant changes to violation punishments. The new policy change comes as all major sports leagues attempt to prevent sports betting violations better. Previously, the NFL had been handing down indefinite suspensions and judging each case, but the new changes will set punishments depending on a few factors.

Under the new sports betting policy, violations will incur the following punishments:

  • Players who wager on a bet involving their own team will receive a suspension of at least two years
  • Players who place a bet on an NFL game not involving their own will be suspended for at least one year
  • Players who wager on non-NFL games from a team facility or on team-related travel will be suspended for two games for their first violation, six games for their second, and one year for their third.

 "We periodically review the NFL Gambling Policy to ensure that it is responsive to changing circumstances and fully addresses our commitment to protect the integrity of the game," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a memo regarding the change. "... The revised gambling policy that we are issuing today provides that clarity and focus, and gives clear guidance to players about the consequences of violating the policy."

New Policy Allows Lions’ Rookie to Make Season Debut

While the penalties for betting on the NFL are stricter, the new rules around betting on non-NFL games will benefit several players who recently committed those. One of the biggest winners from these changes is Lions’ receiver Jameson Williams. The 2022 first-round pick managed just one reception in six games last season but was suspended indefinitely before this year due to betting on a non-NFL game.

The Lions have been excited to see how Williams will contribute to their offense, and they will be able to do just that starting next week. The NFL announced the new policy, which means Williams can be reinstated as soon as Monday.

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Michael Savio

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Michael is an avid sports fan and a veteran bettor from Milwaukee. He learned the trade from his grandfather in Las Vegas as a kid and has turned that into a successful career. He cheers for all Wisconsin pro teams along with his Alma Mater Arizona State. He specializes in baseball betting, but has experience in football, basketball, and hockey as well. When he isn’t pouring over stats, he’s spending time with his two young children.

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