Perhaps it’s just me.

It may just be the libertarian in me, but I don’t get the general response to this story.

If you see Ohio offensive lineman Mike Eynon around campus this week, shake his hand and give him a pat on the back. He is the luckiest man in Athens after winning the second tier of the Ohio Lottery Mega Millions, worth $250,000.

After taxes, Eynon will receive $172,500.

The NCAA views the lottery as a game of chance (such as a raffle) and winning it is not in violation of any rules.

“I talked to coach (Jason) Grooms, to make sure this was okay,” Eynon said. “They cleared it all up and said it was fine.”

Hmm.  Last time I looked a “game of chance” = gambling.  So how come the NCAA isn’t up in arms about this?  And how come people aren’t up in arms because the NCAA isn’t up in arms about this?  Could it be because the lottery is government sponsored (and the profits get plowed into higher education)?  Because I doubt everyone would be so sanguine if Eynon had won the same amount of money shooting craps in Vegas.

So I don’t get the logic here.  And before you jump my case for overreacting to this, consider the current debate over beer advertising on telecasts of NCAA sporting events, where the NCAA is being admonished for being insufficiently pure on the subject.  How is this vice any different?



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2 responses to “Perhaps it’s just me.

  1. AceG8tr

    I agree with you 100%, Senator. Typical NCAA two-faced-ness.


  2. NM

    I dunno, I think the big problem the NCAA and pro sports have is with sports gambling, since that can lead to fixing games. It’s all to easy to go down the Pete Rose slippery slope of “I bet on sports but never bet on MY sport… well, OK, just not on my team… well, I mean, I never bet on my team to lose.” I don’t think Pete Rose fixed games, but lots of people have.

    OK, so then non-sports casino gaming. If you’re already in a casino, we don’t know you’re not betting on sports. And even if you’re not, if you owe a casino money through your other gambling, and let’s say you have a crappy job performance at some point (like this Big Ten ref), there can be a perception of fixing, which is just as bad as the real thing for the NCAA.

    With lotteries, there’s no risk of that. So the NCAA is right to move on.