NFLPA, MLB and NCAA: Don’t Forget About The Athletes Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle · January 15, 2020 at 11:04 am SAN DIEGO — Joe Briggs knows he might sometimes sound a little crazy. But he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his athletes safe. “Members of the NFLPA have come to us with concerns about how gambling will affect their lives on and off the field,” Briggs said during a panel last week at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. “If you saw an athlete who missed a couple of catches and said, ‘I am going to punch you in the face,’ that might be considered sports heckling. But if you add to that, ‘and I bet $10,000,’ well, it becomes a bigger thing.