Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) will not discuss gambling during its broadcast of the 2019 Super Bowl.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said that the network decided to enforce this rule because not every state has legalized sports betting.
While at an event to promote the network, McManus said: “It’s only legalized in a few states, we just had made the decision that it’s not the right thing to do now.”
Even with the spread of sports betting across the US and the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), this should not come as a surprise.
CBS presenters have not been allowed to mention or discuss gambling throughout the whole NFL season.
However, this doesn’t just apply to CBS as it is very unusual to hear sports announcers make direct references to gambling during NFL games.
This news comes a week after the NFL named Caesars Entertainment as its first ever casino sponsor which goes to show just how much the attitude of the sports leagues has changed when it comes to gambling.
The 2019 Super Bowl will take place on 3 February at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Georgia.