Daily Archives: July 15, 2016

UPDATE: NFL to Cease Fantasy Football Marketing Efforts to Minors

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the unfortunate direction the NFL took regarding fantasy sports. Several non-profit organizations, including The National Council on Problem Gambling and the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood, reached out to the NFL to express legitimate concerns over their marketing practices. In a letter to the Commissioner Roger Goodell, they outlined how them directly and aggressively seeking kids to participate on fantasy sports games like “NFL Rush” was promoting a culture of gambling. These games offered prizes that, according to the letter, “may encourage children to spend excessive amounts of time trying to win these prizes, thus planting the seeds of addiction.” These corruption allegations were heard by the NFL and they have stated they plan significant changes. An online source explains:  

The NFL confirmed Wednesday it has informed several advocacy groups that it will make significant changes to the game. The school curriculum based on the game has been discontinued and the league has promised it will not promote fantasy sports in schools in the future.

“We are pleased that the NFL has agreed to make these changes, and young children will no longer have a financial stake in the outcome of its games,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “It is also good news for parents that the league will no longer enlist teachers and schools in an effort to get children into the habit of playing fantasy sports.”

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