The collegiate association NCAA has reiterated that his stance on sports betting is still the same, and said that it is against availability reporting.
US.- The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Board of Governors has once again stated that it supports the current NCAA rules. These restrict student-athletes and university staff for betting on sports or sharing information with companies related to gambling.
While the stance on has always been the same, the NCAA now determined that player availability reporting is also illegal. Michael Drake, chair of the Board of Governors and President of the Ohio State University, said that the board decided that player availability reporting would not contribute to student-athlete’s well being or the integrity of the competition.
Drake explained that they based the decision on the Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Wagering. The Board of Directors created the committee last October, a few months after the legalisation of sports betting.
“The ad hoc committee gathered thorough feedback from conference commissioners, athletics administrators, athletic trainers and student-athletes across all three divisions about potential player availability reporting. The membership has significant concerns about the purpose, parameters, enforcement and effectiveness of a player availability reporting model.”
NCAA ends sports betting policy
The collegiate governing body decided in June to end its policy that prevented championship games from taking place in states with legalised sports betting. The NCAA temporarily suspended that policy in 2018 after the US Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting.
The policy prohibited title games from taking place in places like Las Vegas, where single-game sports betting is legal. While the decision became permanent in a ruling dated June, the NCAA is still against legalised betting on amateur athletics.
“While the board stressed that an exemption of college sports in any federal or state legislation is desired, it emphasised that any proposed legislation should protect student-athlete well-being and the integrity of games,” reads the NCAA statement.