It’s a fantasy, alright.

It looks like college sports has found its next crusade.

How to legislate the participation of collegiate athletes and staff in fantasy leagues turned into a hot-button topic Tuesday as NCAA Division I athletic directors met in Dallas.

With the legality of daily fantasy sports being examined by lawmakers at the state and federal levels, Oliver Luck, the NCAA’s vice president of regulatory affairs, told athletic directors that the NCAA feels fantasy leagues fall under its gambling rules. NCAA Bylaw 10.3 stipulates that an athlete who is found to have participated in any gambling activity, in any sport, college or pro, will lose one year of eligibility.

Of course, the devil’s in the details, since the feds don’t define daily fantasy as illegal gambling.

Plus, money.

Scott also said the Pac-12 Network would not accept ads from DraftKings or FanDuel, but Pac-12 spokesman Erik Hardenbergh later clarified to that it was, in fact, still running daily fantasy advertising within its game broadcasts, including this weekend.

Yeah, this is going to end well.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

6 responses to “It’s a fantasy, alright.

  1. Rp

    ESPN is really pissing me off with their endorsement of Draft Kings. They actually have segments on the NFL Sunday broadcast that are effective advertisements for Draft Kings. I can no longer watch football, listen to sports talk radio, or read about football without seeing or hearing 15 Draft Kings or Fan Dual ads per hour.

    Does GTP have a Draft Kings endorsement deal in the works?


  2. sectionzalum

    it will be delightful when Emmert finds a big name school who’s whole OL shares a fantasy NFL league…


  3. AusDawg85

    Let me get this straight…the major sport businesses own a piece of these fantasy games, so they rule it’s not gambling, but then prohibit players and employees from participating because…it’s gambling. Well…at least it’s just not about the $$$$.



    They must ne making a fortune, me I don’t get the appeal. I root for my team, not some QB from Idaho. The ads are never ending and getting worse, obviously someone is playing and losing.


  5. Macallanlover

    Genie is out of the bottle now, fantasy football is here to stay. I don’t like it, never have participated in it one time, but I think the states are nuts to not legalize the real sports gambling. Huge revenues, and the industry is going to operate whether they legalize it, or not.