Josh Shaw and the NFL’s Complicated Relationship With Gambling Andrew Brandt, Sports Illustrated · December 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm The NFL and sports gambling have always had a complicated relationship. Gambling is still a major taboo in the eyes of the NFL. The league has meted out discipline for not only betting on games but also for merely associating with casinos. Even a few short years ago, the NFL shut down a fantasy football convention involving Tony Romo and dozens of other players simply because it was to be held in a building adjoining a casino. Meanwhile, casinos are certainly not absent from the NFL landscape. In Green Bay, players spend nights before home games at the Radisson Hotel, abutting the Oneida Nation Casino (Oneida Nation was and is of the Packers’ biggest sponsors).