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05-21-2009, 12:03 PM
Pats Pounce On New Lottery Rules
Posted by Mike Florio on May 21, 2009, 12:12 p.m. EDT

With the ink barely dry on the document allowing NFL teams the ability to sell sponsorships to state lotteries, the Patriots have announced a deal with the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission to do just that.

And so the Patriots name and logo(s) will appear on instant tickets before the start of the 2009 season.

“This is going to be a hugely successful collaboration,” owner Robert Kraft said. “We are looking forward to helping the Lottery generate much needed revenue for the cities and towns of Massachusetts.”

“We look forward to being the first NFL team to partner on an instant ticket,” added Patriots president Jonathan Kraft. “We know it will be beneficial for the Patriots, the Massachusetts State Lottery and for local communities.”

We agree, with a caveat. Lotteries often are described as a tax on the poor and/or the stupid. And for good reason. Every time I visit the local convenience store, folks arrive in beat up old vehicles (including a ‘68 VW bus), and they somehow find a way to consistently plunk down ten bucks — five for a pack of cigarettes, and five for a fistful of scratch-and-lose tickets.

If they’re really lucky, they’ll win just enough money to do it all over again.

That said, we’ve got no issue with the Patriots or any other team maximizing revenues. The timing is just a bit odd to us, given that the league has been working so hard to prevent sports betting in Delaware.

Though we believe there’s a fundamental difference between the two types of gambling, we doubt that everyone will see it that way.


I can certainly see the difference between playing the Big Four and blowing Timmy's college fund on the ponies.

Gambling, however, is gambling. Florio doesn't go into detail about this, but isn't there a bit of a double standard concerning our very own Steelers?

NFL teams are allowed to sponsor the lottery, but some of the Rooneys owning 16% of the team and casinos/racetracks are caught in a conflict of interest?

Again, I see the difference between the lottery and horse-racing.

I also see the difference between sponsorship and ownership.

I AM having trouble seeing:
a.) why this is at all necessary when you are trying to separate yourself from gambling (as Florio points out).
b.) why Goodell continues to flirt with slippery slopes.

05-21-2009, 10:58 PM
It's all about finding additional revenue streams for the NFL and their owners.

Being a part owner of a casino or race track does not open up additional revenue streams for the NFL as a whole, but does in some people's mind put the league under unnecessary scrutiny.

Finding a new place to license an NFL logo on the other hand brings in additional revenue for each and every owner. In addition the league and the teams are far enough away that they are under no scrutiny - unlike being a part owner of a gambling establishment.

05-21-2009, 11:01 PM

Guy is money hungry. You can relate almost every stupid thing he does to the unbridled want for more revenue.
True, but I doubt that is Goodell acting on his own; in my opinion that is based on orders from the people he works for - the 32 NFL owners.