SBD/June 19, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL, Charity Reach Settlement After Bowling Event Moved Due To League's Gambling Policy

Strikes for Kids wanted to question Goodell about the NFL's decision making
The NFL has "reached a settlement with a youth charity that sued the league for fraud over how the league enforced its gambling policy" at a casino near Las Vegas in '15, according to Brent Schrotenboer of USA TODAY. The agreement to close the federal court case "comes about a week after the charity asked for a federal judge to compel" NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to "testify under oath about the league's gambling policy." The charity, Strikes for Kids, sued the league last year, saying it was "misled by the league and lost revenue after being forced to relocate a bowling event for kids" in '15. More than 100 boys and girls were invited to the event at a bowling alley that was to "feature more than 25 NFL players as the star attraction." The NFL said that the problem was the location, as the event "originally was to take place at a 72-lane bowling alley inside the Sunset Station hotel and casino." Before the event took place, an NFL lawyer "notified the charity that this would violate the league's gambling policy, which forbids players and personnel from making promotional appearances at casinos." In response, the charity "moved to the Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley with only 16 lanes available but physically not located inside a casino building." The NFL said that this location was "OK even though it was still part of the LINQ casino promenade near the Las Vegas strip." To "push its case, the charity wanted to question Goodell about why one casino-related bowling alley was OK but the other was not." The charity said that it "lost money and sponsors because it was forced to move to a smaller venue" (USA TODAY, 6/17).
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