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Tony Dungy Not Happy With The NFL's Monday Announcement

Tony Dungy at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 06: Tony Dungy, former NFL head coach, is seen during his 2016 Class Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech during the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Sports gambling continues to be on the rise, and NFL legend Tony Dungy isn't a fan of the trend.

The NFL announced agreements with FOX Bet, BetMGM, PointsBet and WynnBet on Monday. All four are now the Approved Sportsbook Operators of the NFL for the 2021 season, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"Sign of the times: NFL has reached agreements with FOX Bet, BetMGM, PointsBet, and WynnBET to become Approved Sportsbook Operators for the 2021 NFL season," Schefter reported on Monday via Twitter.

Despite the overwhelming support for sports betting - even from professional leagues like the NFL - Dungy is in opposition. He complained about it on Monday afternoon.

"I really don’t like seeing this Adam. When I came into the league the NFL had a stance against gambling," Dungy said in response to the NFL's newest partnerships. "Now it seems like we’ve accepted it. I realize it’s legal now but we’ve all seen the damage gambling can do to lives. I don’t think we should be promoting it."

Tony Dungy is clearly in moral opposition of the NFL's latest decisions, but the reality is gambling is now as much a part of the NFL as the actual on-field play is. And no, that's not an exaggeration.

Sports gambling is spreading like wildfire across the nation right now. It's legal in more than two dozen states. That number will grow in coming years.

The NFL has made its stance clear. Gambling is a big part of the sport's future.