There’s something vaguely discomfiting about seeing these two storylines on USA Today’s college football page this morning:
The NCAA didn’t exactly have a strong hand to play in opposing the Delaware legislation.
“From an NCAA perspective, we oppose all kinds of sports wagering,” NCAA spokesman Stacey Osburn said. “Sports wagering is a problem, not a solution (to budget woes) from our perspective.”
The NCAA met with Delaware officials in March, according to Osburn. If the bill becomes law, the NCAA would bar the state’s universities from holding NCAA championships.
Such a ban led Oregon to abandon its sports lottery three years ago, giving the state the ability to play host to NCAA men’s basketball tournament games.
Delaware lacks the facilities to host major Division I postseason contests.
That probably won’t bode well if Montana starts looking for a new source of revenue.