Pete Carroll ‘disappointed’ Thomas skipping minicamp

The Seattle Seahawks kicked off mandatory minicamps Tuesday, but took the field without their senior presence on defense.

Given the league’s well-earned reputation for putting the almighty dollar first — and the potential to horn in on the billions of dollars that illegal sportsbooks are believed to rake in yearly in America — it hardly seemed unreasonable.

But while the NBA and MLB have already partnered together to introduce legislation in several states that, if passed, would allow them to get a cut of those profits, Sportscorp Ltd.co-founder Marc Ganis — whose sports business consulting firm has worked closely with the NFL and its owners for years — told Yahoo Sports that America’s biggest sports league is wise for eschewing action at the statewide level in favor of a more holistic approach.

Roger Goodell and the NFL have asked Congress to enact ‘four core principles’ for sports gambling.

More Federal legislation is by far preferable, rather than having to debate this in each state legislature,said Ganis, who is so respected in league circles that he’s jokingly referred to by some as the league’s 33rd owner.

Ingram also said: It’s not added pressure. I was taught you’ve got to speak stuff into existence. If you want to do something, you’ve got to say you’re going to do it and then you’ve got to go do it.

I find this stuff entertaining, but there’s no question that if the Chargers don’t reach the Super Bowl (and I think there’s a chance they do), Ingram will be reminded of this quote.

One question that some players have asked me: Why didn’t the league use its tremendous PR skills and ability to sway public opinion to defend players when their protests first started, namely Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid?

It’s something that’s been discussed privately by players and team officials alike for months. The belief is the league could have done a much better job explaining to fans exactly what the players were protesting and avoided a lot of this mess.

The league did all it could to restore Ray Lewis to prominence. To rehabilitate his image. To put him back in a terrific light…after he PLEADED GUILTY TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN A MURDER CASE. I saw first hand how hard the league worked at this (featuring him in promotional spots, painting him in the most favorable light, etc.). I never understood it then, I don’t understand it now.

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