NCAA establishes exploratory sports betting committee

NCAA establishes exploratory sports betting committee

Monday, October 29, 2018 Posted by News Team
Committee has been tasked with ensuring NCAA rules and policies on sports betting are fit for purpose

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) has established a committee tasked with exploring the growing US spots betting landscape and the market’s potential impact on the association’s current rules. 

The committee will also look at how sports betting impacts on the NCAA’s educational efforts and player availability reporting, as well as any other risk that may arise as more states legalise betting. Its members have not yet been announced.

“The NCAA and its members continue to take a thoughtful approach to the issue of sports wagering,” NCAA board of governors chair and Georgia Tech president G.P. ‘Bud’ Peterson said. “The core values of protecting student-athlete well-being and the integrity of competition are at the heart of these efforts. We must continue to evolve and adapt our approach as the landscape continues to change and sports wagering expands in the United States.”

The NCAA currently prohibits student athletes or athletics employees, including coaches, from betting on sports, and these rules will remain in effect. 

The committee will work with the NCAA’s national office staff, student athletes and other relevant organisations to ensure its rules, policies, research and education initiatives are all fit for purpose. 

“Protecting our student-athletes through education related to gambling prevention is an important aspect of our efforts,” NCAA board vice chair and Henderson State president Glen Jones explained. “As the prevalence of legalised sports wagering continues to expand, we are focused on our responsibility as educators and administrators to equip student-athletes with the information and tools they need to understand the expanding sports wagering environment.”

This will be supported by a sports wagering and wellbeing summit, which will be organised by the NCAA Sport Science Institute and is scheduled to take place in March 2019. 

The summit looks to bring together sports betting operators and professionals specialising in mental health and gambling addiction. It is designed to help the NCAA identify tools and initiatives that could help protect college students from developing gambling problems. 

The announcement of the committee’s establishment again saw no mention of sports integrity fees. This follows NCAA testimony to an Indiana committee examining sports betting legislation failing to support calls from the US professional sports leagues for betting operators to pay the fees in order to safeguard the competitions from corruption.

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