Would I like to know about NFL injuries before everyone else? You bet. I’d love to be “in the know,” not just to be the first, but because it allows me to formulate thoughts and opinions before everyone else. So when I heard about the Washington Redskins’ plan to update their season ticket holders about injuries “even before the NFL,” I believed that was a good thing right? Well, no. Actually my first thought was that there’s no chance this ends up being allowed by the league. Why you ask? Simple, it all comes down to appearances.
The NFL makes teams release an injury report not because they want fans to be up to speed on the various groin injuries of grown men, but rather to make sure everyone out there is on equal playing field when it comes to, well, playing the field. Sure, the NFL will deny the injury report is about gambling, but we all know differently by know. Plain and simple, the NFL doesn’t want an inside source using unknown private information to his or her own benefit, or the benefits of big-time gamblers. It’s a wink-nod agreement with Vegas, and we all know it.
So imagine the idea of a Washington Redskins season ticket holder knowing something before the general public does. Sure, that information is going to get out as soon as one season ticket holder tweets it out, but even if it’s just a matter of minutes that’s an edge that a well-connected gambler could use. If Alfred Morris pulls his hamstring during Friday’s warm-up, then all of sudden the Redskins just took a hit, and perhaps they suddenly are less likely to beat the spread as a 4-point underdog.
Is it unrealistic to think such a thing could happen? Perhaps so. Perhaps information is so instantaneous now that by the time you or someone you know tries to place a bet against the Redskins Vegas could have taken the Washington game off the board. But, the perception of potential abuse is there nonetheless, and for that reason alone I don’t see this decision ultimately getting through the NFL’s watchful eyes.