When it comes to legalized sports wagering, the NFL definitely plans to try to squeeze money out of the various states that allow it. However, the NFL won’t be using the goofy “integrity fee” label that has been pursued by other leagues.
Still, the league will at least try to get a cut from the states that allow gambling. And if the NFL can find a plausible way to demonstrate that the states are getting value in return, that will go a long way toward addressing the obvious concerns triggered by couching the payment in terms of a money-for-nothing notion of integrity, which should exist regardless of any fee.
“It’s rare in our profession that you see family members on the same team, let alone father-son, let alone on the same side of the ball,” the younger Kacy said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “It’s been a great experience so far. I’m loving it.”
“It’s a production business, so it wouldn’t matter if my dad were the head coach and my name was Kacy Bowles or if my dad owned the team and my last name was Johnson,” Rodgers said. “None of that matters. It’s a production business. I’ve known that my whole life. I’ve been a coach’s kid for 26 years now, so I know how it goes. I’m just excited for the process.”
Tom Brady regularly has participated in the Patriots’ OTAs in the past, but the quarterback will not be at the opening of the voluntary session Monday, a source told ESPN.
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was not at OTAs on Monday due to an ongoing contract dispute. Cornerback Marcus Peters, acquired in the offseason, said the team should “pay the man.”
The OTAs are voluntary. The next mandatory activity is veteran minicamp, scheduled to be held June 12-14.