For the first time, the NFL is hosting the Super Bowl in Las Vegas, a major transformation from its previous stance against the city’s casino and sports betting environment. This change aligns with the nationwide expansion of legal sports gambling following the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision. The NFL’s embrace of sports betting is evident as it prepares for Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders.
The upcoming Super Bowl, set for February 11, will feature teams determined by the AFC Championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, and the NFC game with the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.
NFL Issues Guidelines to Players in Las Vegas
With Las Vegas’ vibrant gambling scene, the NFL has issued specific guidelines to ensure player safety and game integrity. Players from non-participating teams can visit casinos and engage in gambling, except for sports betting. However, players from the two competing Super Bowl teams are strictly prohibited from all gambling activities, including casino games and sports betting. This directive extends to all team personnel involved in the Super Bowl.
The NFL’s gambling policy forbids all associated individuals, including players and coaches, from betting on NFL games, regardless of their involvement. This prohibition extends to all sports betting while on duty, but allows betting on non-NFL sports during the offseason and when not with the team.
Super Bowl Betting Expectations
With Super Bowl LVIII being the first in Nevada, there’s anticipation of a record-breaking betting handle, surpassing the previous record set in Super Bowl LVI in 2022. Bookmakers are particularly interested in a Ravens vs. Lions or 49ers matchup, noting some betting fatigue with the frequently participating Chiefs. This year’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas presents an exciting combination of sports and entertainment, amplified by the city’s unique gaming landscape.
The NFL’s historic decision to host Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas marks a significant shift in its stance towards the city’s gambling scene. With strict guidelines in place for players and team personnel to uphold game integrity, this year’s Super Bowl is not just a sporting event but also a reflection of the evolving relationship between professional sports and the betting industry. As the city prepares for unprecedented betting action, the event is set to be a remarkable fusion of sports, entertainment, and gaming.