When baby needs a new pair of shoes…

A couple of random points about the brave new world of sports betting coming down the turnpike and how that might affect college football in ways we haven’t thought about too much yet:

  • We all know what kind of control freaks college head coaches are when it comes to their rosters and the information flow.  (Jim Harbaugh, for example, doesn’t even publish a depth chart.)  So, this is going to be interesting to watch, to say the least:

Even if South Carolina doesn’t jump in the betting pool, enough other states will create a ripple that requires the NCAA and/or college conferences to adopt a uniform policy of injury reporting in football and basketball.

The weekly NFL injury report is all about gambling, to eliminate (lofty goal) or limit (more likely) inside information on injuries.

Such a college policy would take lots of pressure off the student trainer and walk-on punter, ideally cutting down on inquiries from guys who are just curious about how the starting running back’s knee feels this week.

As it is, some college teams keep injury reports to themselves. Others are only slightly less murky.

Look around at a lot of their “crowds” during those lonely Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday night games and you know it’s not a sustainable business in and of itself. These schools are basically being subsidized because the cable channels need content and gamblers need juice. That’s the only reason they exist.

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8 responses to “When baby needs a new pair of shoes…

  1. sniffer

    Gambling in the South is a mine field with voters. I think, all you have to do is tell the Baptists they can wager on who’s going to hell.

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  2. ApalachDawg

    Baptists ducking in and out of the pub since 1606.

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  3. Cousin Eddie

    So will the new LOI have a HIPPA form attached so the coaches can talk about injuries on the teams pay per view gambling site?

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  4. Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see this “will create a ripple that requires the NCAA and/or college conferences to adopt a uniform policy of injury reporting in football and basketball.” being true.

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  5. UGA '97

    Vegas always knows

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