Greg Sankey welcomes our new sports books overlords.

Sure, he’s not gonna roll over today, but rest assured, he’ll be ready when the time comes.

Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey said the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal law barring gambling on sports could cause the league to require schools to issue weekly reports that list the status of injured or ineligible players.

Speaking to reporters Monday at the start of the league’s annual media gathering, Sankey stressed gambling’s potential effect on games is one of the most important issues facing the league, but the SEC is unlikely to require weekly reports in 2018.

Sports books often use information on injured or ineligible players to hedge the line.

“FERPA and HIPAA requirements, academic suspensions, other team or athletics department-imposed suspensions and NCAA eligibility issues make something more like an availability report relevant for discussion,” Sankey said Monday. “I do not believe this has to happen before the 2018 season, either on the part of this conference or the national level.

“I expect, however, the change in sports gambling could be and will be likely the impetus for the creation of such reports in our future.”

As long as they’re getting paid, they’ll do what needs to be done.  Shocking, I know.

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2 responses to “Greg Sankey welcomes our new sports books overlords.

  1. Macallanlover

    I don’t see gambling as one of the most important issues facing the SEC, nor the NCAA, but it is getting a lot of attention…perhaps because they haven’t figured a way to extort money yet. If they do, and the cost of betting legally is substantially higher than continuing to bet through other methods, smart bettors will simply stay away. I think the SC was right in their ruling, should have been 9-0 given the circumstances challenged by NJ, and I don’t have an issue with taxes being collected on profits from gambling; what I fail to see why the schools and conferences should get any money. They don’t currently and betting on CFB is huge, larger than the NFL last season. All they are being asked to do is give a player’s status for that week (Questionable, Unlikely to play, Suspension, etc.) just like the NFL has been doing for many years. Doesn’t cost them anything, they get asked about it every week in press conferences and interviews already.

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  2. UGA '97

    No one can enforce this, as NCAA is not a medical institution.

    But, Saban’s on the mother and likely will just release 85 guys names on the “injury report” every week.

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