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Giants Might Enter Lotto

From Bob Glauber of Newsday:

Less than a week after NFL owners passed a resolution allowing teams to sign licensing deals with state-sponsored lotteries, two NFL teams have already signed up for lottery deals. The Giants could be next.

The Patriots and Redskins announced deals with Massachusetts and Virginia respectively, and a Giants official told Newsday that the team is considering deals with New York and possibly New Jersey.

“We are looking at those potential opportunities closely,” said Pat Hanlon, the team’s vice president of communications.

The Patriots announced a deal with Massachusetts on Thursday, and the Redskins announced their deal with Virginia on Friday.

“We envision a game that will link lottery fans with the Redskins in new and exciting ways,” Redskins chief operating officer Mitch Gershman said.

The NFL has a strict policy deterring any association with gambling, but opted to allow sponsorships with state lotteries because they are not based on the outcome of NFL games. The league took action as a way to create new revenue streams in a struggling economy.

It’s uncertain if the Jets will take the plunge, although New York lottery officials are in discussions with the team. Several other teams are talking with their respective state lottery officials. The Michigan Lottery is discussing a deal with the Lions, the Minnesota State Lottery is talking to the Vikings, and the Titans have indicated they’d consider a deal in Tennessee.

The San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals said they have no plans.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at last week’s owners meetings that other leagues have affiliated with lotteries without allowing gambling to jeopardize the integrity of the games. In Massachusetts, the state lottery has sold scratch-off tickets since 2006 with the logos of the Red Sox and Celtics, as well as the World Series and NBA championship trophies.

– the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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