The NCAA weighs in on the new world of sports betting.
To ensure integrity in sport, the NCAA supports a federal model addressing legalized gambling and has suspended its championship host policy related to sports wagering.
“Our highest priorities in any conversation about sports wagering are maintaining the integrity of competition and student-athlete well-being,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “Sports wagering can adversely impact student-athletes and undermine the games they play. We are committed to ensuring that laws and regulations promote a safe and fair environment for the nearly half a million students who play college athletics.”
Now, mind you, throwing games is illegal under state law and the Supreme Court’s ruling doesn’t affect that in the slightest. But that’s not the cause of Emmert’s anxiety, in any case. This is all about keeping student-athletes away from sports books by criminalizing yet another NCAA regulation. Good luck with making that work.