Official betting is a specialized type of sports gambling that is done through official channels and sanctioned by the NFL. It involves a legal, regulated wager on any game or event in the league, but it is still subject to rules and regulations as laid out in the NFL’s Code of Conduct. Among the code’s prohibitions are seeking, offering or accepting a bribe to fix a game or event, betting on a match or any event within a match and sharing inside information for betting purposes.
Sports betting as a regulated industry continues to grow rapidly after the Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on legal sports betting in 2022. The NFL’s approach has been to embrace the change rather than fight it – it has signed partnerships with MGM, Caesars, FanDuel and DraftKings and plans to open sportsbooks in its stadiums on game days this year.
The league also works closely with regulators, sportsbooks and integrity monitoring companies to identify suspicious betting activity. In addition, the NFL’s in-house investigations team can investigate any alleged misconduct and suspend a player or staff member for violating its gambling policies.
The NFL’s approach to sports betting has been a model for other sports. Major League Baseball has a similar policy, with players prohibited from placing bets on the sport while at team or league facilities or on any games they play when away on travel. The league collaborates with independent integrity monitors and its own in-house investigation department to detect any potential violations.