Chris Christie Rips NFL For Efforts to Block Sports Gambling: ‘What Are You Kidding Me?!’


After his failed sports talk radio audition in July, Chris in Trenton is back at it.

As part of a segment about sports gambling during the latest edition of Real Sports set to air Tuesday night on HBO, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) blasted sports leagues including the NFL and NHL for their efforts to block sports gambling in his state and others, while simultaneously putting teams in Las Vegas — where full sports betting is legal.

“The hypocrisy is just so overwhelming,” Christie said. “They say because we have the [NFL’s New York] Giants, and the [NFL’s New York] Jets, and the [NHL’s New Jersey] Devils, that somehow we shouldn’t be allowed to have gambling here because somehow it would threaten the integrity of the game. What are you kidding?! How isn’t it threatening the integrity of the game in Las Vegas for the NHL and the NFL?”

The governor seems to have a fair point [insert broken clock reference here]. There would seem to be no way for professional sports leagues to credibly oppose other municipalities who wish to legalize sports betting after bringing teams to Las Vegas — the sports gambling capital of the U.S.

Recently retired sports broadcasting mainstay Brent Musburger concurred.

“If you want to sit in your ivory tower and pontificate about the integrity of your beloved game, why would you put one of your franchise within walking distance of several sports books?” Musburger said. “Answer me that, Mr. [Roger] Goodell [NFL Commissioner].”

Watch above, via HBO.

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