Super Bowl LVII: NFL Welcomes Arizona Sports Betting With Open Arms

Super Bowl LVII: NFL Keeps Arms Open For Arizona Sports Betting
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Millions of viewers and thousands of spectators are expected to watch the fourth Super Bowl being held in Arizona next week.

Numerous individuals, including users of Arizona betting apps, have placed bets of different sizes on the forthcoming matchup between the AFC champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arizona will make history as the first state with legalized sports betting to host Super Bowl LVII, which is set to kick off just after 4 p.m. local time on Feb. 12.

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The NFL faces challenges and contradictions as it bans players from participating in sports betting while simultaneously benefiting from partnerships with three sports betting companies (Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, DraftKings Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook) that generate over $1 billion in revenue.

In addition to current partnerships with BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona, WynnBET, Fox Bet, and PointsBet, the league has solidified new agreements with these sportsbooks, ensuring they have a significant presence during Sunday’s game.

The debate over the appropriate boundaries the league should set for gambling is reignited as players such as Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley receive yearlong suspensions for betting on games.

The NFL’s approach to sports betting

As per Alex Riethmiller, the NFL’s vice president of communications, the league has been meticulously developing its position on sports betting since the repeal of PASPA five years ago, as stated on

Riethmiller and the NFL are dedicated to upholding the integrity of the sport and preventing any betting scandals that could tarnish their reputation. While facing challenges with differing sports betting laws, Riethmiller is content with the Arizona sports betting legislation.

According to Riethmiller, is collaborating with partners to involve enthusiastic fans in a respectful manner by providing legal sports betting content for interested individuals, while also ensuring inclusivity for non-bettors. He stressed the significance of promoting responsible betting on their platform and highlighted that in 2021, they introduced a national program, making them the pioneering U.S. league to do so.

According to Daniel McIntosh, a senior lecturer at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and an expert in sports economics, the NFL’s increasing partnerships with gambling companies can be attributed to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NFL teams had to play the 2020-21 regular season with restricted or no fans in the stands, leading teams to explore alternative revenue streams.

According to McIntosh’s report on, the Green Bay Packers, a publicly traded team, transparently disclose their revenue information. In the 2020-2021 season, their local revenue saw a $170 million boost due to fan attendance at games. This significant increase, when extrapolated to all 32 NFL teams who did not reduce player salaries, underscores a significant disparity in revenue distribution.

The repeal of PASPA by the Supreme Court paved the way for a closer relationship between these two entities, which was further accelerated by the pandemic as revenue demands surged.

Operators view Super Bowl LVII as a valuable chance.

National sportsbook operators, like Caesars Sportsbook, are acutely aware of the special opportunity for NFL betting in Arizona this week.

Ken Fuchs, the Chief Operating Officer and sports head at Caesars, expressed in an email to that the company views Super Bowl LVII as a prime chance to demonstrate sports betting to a broad audience, particularly with the upcoming Big Game in Las Vegas next year.

Fuchs was excited about the Super Bowl being held in a state with legalized sports betting for the first time, suggesting that future Big Games may be held in states with legalized wagering, such as Las Vegas next year.

Fuchs highlighted that Caesars, working alongside the Arizona Diamondbacks and Ak-Chin Indian Community, has a special advantage in seizing various betting opportunities leading up to and during Super Bowl LVII. This includes offering customized betting bonuses specifically for Arizona customers.

Fuchs confirmed that Caesars Sportsbook has been in Arizona since the inception of sports betting and is fully confident in their capacity to offer customers an exceptional experience at various locations, including Caesars Sportsbook, Guy Fieri’s DTPHX Kitchen + Bar at Chase Field in collaboration with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Harrah’s Ak-Chin. They are excited to provide sports enthusiasts in the area the opportunity to engage in responsible betting, regardless of their familiarity with sports wagering.

Increasing fan engagement through sports betting

Riethmiller energetically talked about how incorporating sports betting can increase fan engagement and the significance of gametime statistics for the league.

He stated that despite player suspensions and off-field issues, the NFL has experienced more successes than setbacks. He also mentioned that the NFL is ready for the upcoming showdown between the Chiefs and Eagles in Arizona.

Riethmiller highlighted the enhanced fan engagement that sports betting at casinos can provide, especially when the Super Bowl is held in a state where it is legal, like Arizona. This allows for broader participation from both residents and attendees. The Super Bowl typically offers a wider range of prop bets compared to other NFL games, and the increasing popularity of online sports betting has made it easier for fans to place bets in real-time using their mobile devices.

The NFL is fully committed to embracing sports betting moving forward.

Riethmiller firmly denied the idea that the NFL’s increasing partnerships with sports betting could result in relaxed regulations for team employees participating in gambling.

Allowing players and staff to bet on NFL games could create a conflict of interest and damage the league’s reputation, making this change unlikely.

Riethmiller emphasized the NFL’s commitment to protecting the integrity of the game, ensuring that fans can enjoy the pure efforts and professionalism of players and coaches free from any outside influence. He explained that the league’s regulations on sports betting are carefully crafted to maintain the game’s integrity.

In a September interview with, Jordy Nelson, the former Pro Bowl wide receiver for Green Bay, stressed that NFL players are well-informed about the rules of sports betting and gambling. He emphasized the importance of having a thorough understanding of the regulations to avoid any mistakes.

Nelson, who was the first person to make a bet at FanDuel’s retail sportsbook near Wichita, Kan. in September, emphasized the importance of players refraining from gambling. He highlighted the suspension of Ridley from the Falcons as a warning of the consequences of not following this rule, which is reminded to them every year. The bottom line is clear: players must avoid casinos.

Maintaining focus and self-discipline is vital for players to protect their careers. It is best to avoid risky situations that could jeopardize your future success. Instead, focus on maximizing your time on the field. If you are contemplating gambling, it is advisable to wait until after retirement. Players should steer clear of casinos and sports betting to preserve their reputation and future prospects.

Despite this, the NFL will maintain a strong connection with sports betting, and it is expected that the league will profit from the bets placed before the game starts at State Farm Stadium on February 12, regardless of the outcome.



Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has dedicated more than seven years to covering sports and sports betting in Arizona, having held positions at, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He currently serves as the lead writer at

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