For the longest time, the NFL has carried an antiquated public stance on sports betting. Yet at league meetings Monday morning in Phoenix, team owners voted 31-1 in favor of the Raiders moving from Oakland to Las Vegas. The team’s first season here is expected to be in 2020.

That move to the sports betting mecca begs the question: Will the NFL seek any limitations of the legal, state-regulated wagering that takes place on the most popular professional sports league in the United States?

Sportsbook operators in Las Vegas and around the state certainly hope the answer to that is a resounding “no.” Late Monday afternoon, two key voices not only agreed with that sentiment, but wholeheartedly expect that NFL wagering will not be affected when the Silver and Black take the field at a brand-new stadium in three years.

“I don’t see why it wouldn’t be business as usual,” Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett told Covers. “The geographic location of a team is actually irrelevant these days. Las Vegas, Reno, Hawaii, England, we regulate it the same. For any game, anywhere, the same protections are in place.”

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, a driving local political force behind the effort to land the Raiders, fully believes that wagers on the Raiders and all NFL teams will go off in 2020 as surely as they will when play resumes this fall.

“Yes, absolutely. I’d be very surprised if it were anything different, nor do I expect it to be anything different for hockey,” Sisolak said, alluding to the NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights beginning play this fall at T-Mobile Arena.

Still, based on state statute, the possibility exists for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to petition the state and seek a limitation on betting. That could include requesting that there be no bets allowed on Raiders home games, or perhaps any Raiders game – up to and including the Super Bowl, should the team make it that far. The portion of the regulation the NFL could put into play reads:

“Any event, regardless of where it is held, involving a professional team whose home field, a court, or base is in Nevada, or any event played in Nevada involving a professional team, if, not later than 30 days before an event or the beginning of a series of events, the team’s governing body files with the commission a written request that wagers on the event or series of events be prohibited, and the commission approves the request.”

It would seem like a preposterous ask by the NFL – and the state could deny the request – but again, this is a league that won’t publicly acknowledge what has inarguably made its product so immensely popular: the pointspread and the ability to wager on it. So sportsbooks are cautiously optimistic about what the Raiders’ move to Vegas means for their industry.