NFL Fans learned today of five, fairly shocking, suspensions that were handled down by the NFL. 5 players, including former first round pick WR Jameson Williams, will miss substantial time this season. Outside of Williams, the other four include Stanley Berryhill and Quintez Cephus and safety C.J. Moore — along with Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney.

Unlike the other three, Williams and Berryhill will miss only 6 (!) games in the 2023-2024 season. The others are suspended indefinitely and the expectation is that they will miss at least an entire season. The reason? The players engaged in gambling activities in team facilities. They reportedly did not gamble on the NFL but did place wagers within the confines of team facilities which is where the violation occurred. NFL Teams are prohibited from engaging in gambling-related activities while at an NFL facility such as an NFL facility (which could be a locker room, team flight, hotel or any other similar facility).

Assuming this was accidental, as they could’ve walked a block outside the facility and placed the wager, one might ask how this could’ve been avoided?

By having their IT security place restrictions on accessing these websites while on the wifi of the team’s facility. This is one of the most basic maneuvers an IT administrator must fulfill so we’ll list them here.

  1. Access your router’s admin panel:
  • Connect your device to the Wi-Fi network you want to configure.
  • Open a web browser and enter your router’s IP address (commonly “192.168.1.1” or “192.168.0.1”) in the address bar. If you’re unsure of your router’s IP address, check the user manual or look for a label on the router.
  • Press Enter, and you will be prompted to enter your router’s username and password. If you haven’t changed these, they will likely be the default credentials found in the user manual or on the router’s label.
  1. Locate the website filtering settings:
  • Once logged into your router’s admin panel, look for settings related to website filtering, parental controls, or access restrictions. This may be found under tabs like “Security,” “Firewall,” “Parental Controls,” or “Access Control.”
  • The exact terminology and location of these settings will depend on your router’s make and model.
  1. Block the desired websites:
  • In the website filtering or access control settings, you should have the option to block specific URLs or domains.
  • Add the following URLs to the list of blocked websites:
  • Make sure to save your settings before exiting the admin panel.
  1. Test the settings:
  • Connect a device to your Wi-Fi network and attempt to access the blocked websites. If the settings have been configured correctly, the websites should not load.

You’ve done it!!! You’ve saved the Lions season!

Keep in mind that these settings will only apply to devices connected to your Wi-Fi network. Users can still access the blocked websites using mobile data or by connecting to a different Wi-Fi network. Therefore it would be a good idea to, on the first day in the facility, tell players the rules and give them the wifi password. Their phone will automatically connect to the wifi when in the vicinity and block them from accidentally accessing the website while still on team facilities.