A different pay to play

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.


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8 responses to “A different pay to play

  1. This will be effective, of course, because nobody can bet through the internet on single games.


  2. Macallanlover

    There will be no more risk on fixing games than before in the “local book system. The new money will be from small bettors previously unable, or willing, to go against the law. Sports betting increased a few years ago when the online, overseas books became available, I didn’t see any significant change in it except let people who only bet $1-25 on games get in on the action. Big players were already in, to the tune of a few billion dollars. Only change I have seen is the amount bet on CFB exceeded the amount on the NFL last season for the first time, that seemed to be more of a reaction to the popularity changes for the 2 sports, and the willingness to run up scores by college teams.

    As for the venue position change, the NCAA getting involved with awarding tournament venues based on social issues/opinions should never have been instituted, so this is a good change and should be expanded.