NFL Flexes Muscles Over Players’ Arm Wrestling Contest at MGM Grand

NFL Flexes Muscles Over Players’ Arm Wrestling Contest at MGM Grand

The NFL might have sanctioned the Raiders’ move to vegas but that doesn’t mean it’s happy for its players to hang out in gambling enterprises, even for arm-wrestling competitions.

LA Rams’ Jamon Brown squares off against Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Howard Jones during the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at the MGM Grand but are they about to get strong-armed by the NFL for engaging in casino activities that are promotional?

Over 30 players, including Maurkice Pouncey, Mychal Kendricks, Navarro Bowman, Kenny Stills, and Marquette King, may find themselves in hot water for competing in the inaugural ‘Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship’ at the MGM Grand over the weekend.

The occasion ended up being co-hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and former running right back Marshawn Lynch, a made-for-TV deal that is scheduled to be broadcast on CBS on May 27 28.

But according to NFL policy, players are not permitted to ‘promote casino activities,’ which includes attending casinos as part of promotional events, unless they look for pre-approval, which, based on the NFL, is exactly what everyone apparently forgot to accomplish.

‘Had we been asked ahead of time if this was acceptable, we would have indicated that it was in direct breach of the gambling policy,’ Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s VP for communications and affairs that are public told USA TODAY Sports. ‘No one sought pre-approval.’

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