The point you are still somehow missing is that the league does not allow them to do it (promotions in casinos).
The NFL does not "act like gambling doesn't exist"--you made that up. They don't want their players representing the NFL inside casino events and getting paid for it by the casinos. ALL players agreed to this rule--and the one that requires them to consult the league before anything like this.
You are making this much harder than it is...
I'm not making harder than it is. I just view the situation differently than you. That's fine, we can agree to disagree. The league is going to move a team to Vegas in a few years. I think that makes it very ironic and hypocritical to ban players from doing promotional events at casinos. Vegas was built on the back of casinos. It would be like banning players in NYC from appearing in ads for financial institutions.
My opinion that the NFL likes to pretend that gambling doesn't exist stems from the ban on promotional appearances at casinos. Why else does this rule exist? The sole purpose of the rule is to give the league a dignified appearance. The league wants to give the appearance that they are not remotely influenced by gambling interests. It's simply an archaic outlook in a world with gambling everywhere that the league still clings to. An outlook that makes little sense with a team moving to Vegas.
The players may have "agreed" to the rule, but when the league baragians with the players union compromises are made. As is the case with all negotiations both sides must agree to conditions that they don't necessarily agree with. It doesn't mean that the players as a whole agree with the rule. The players for the Las Vegas Raiders will be losing out on a good deal of money not being able to cash in on promotional appearances with casinos. As other posters pointed out the league should be concerned about player safety with the arm wrestling situation. Instead they are worried about the violation of the casino promotional appearance rule.
Edited by DriveFor1Outta5, 10 April 2017 - 11:42 AM.