Windfall On The Way To Bucs?April 12th, 2012
Joe wouldn’t mind seeing advertisements all around the Bucs’ home turf and website pushing fans to head to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an evening of blackjack, cocktails and the debauchery that usually follows.
Of course, Joe far prefers the more laid-back, smoke-free and friendly poker and simulcast wagering confines at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, not to mention the unmatched feast at the Derby Club and live greyhound racing.
The point here is Joe is a pro-gambling guy and doesn’t think adult wagering corrupts society.
This is on Joe’s mind after the Sports Business Journal, via ProFootballTalk.com, broke word today that the NFL will now allow teams to take in casino gambling ads for the next two years.
Despite significant restrictions (including placement of the ads high enough in the stadium to keep them out of the range of TV cameras), Kaplan estimates that each team can raise “millions” via such efforts. Only casinos without a sports book are eligible, and each casino must contribute five percent of the value of the ad to the NFL’s anti-gambling program for its employees.
Joe has no clue how Team Glazer feels about gambling. But Joe suspects they might be in favor of bringing in a new seven-figure check. The Seminole Tribe running the Hard Rock spends a load of dough on marketing.
Perhaps there’s a way to get the Indians to gobble up Bucs tickets and brand some Buccaneers slot machines that spit out pairs of game tickets when a spin nets three Rachel Watsons in a row.
Joe’s just thinking/hoping that creative minds find a way to knock out a blackout or two.