NCAA con­sid­ers cham­pi­onships in states with sports bets

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

The NCAA is open­ing a door for states with le­gal­ized sports gam­bling to host NCAA cham­pi­onship events and of­fi­cials in Ne­vada are al­ready set to get in the game as soon as they can.

The gov­ern­ing body for col­lege sports on Thurs­day an­nounced a “tem­po­rary” lift­ing of a ban that prevented events like col­lege bas­ket­ball’s NCAA Tour­na­ment from be­ing hosted in states that ac­cept wagers on sin­gle games. The move comes three days af­ter the Supreme Court over­turned a fed­eral law that barred most states from al­low­ing gam­bling on pro­fes­sional and col­lege sport­ing events.

NCAA Pres­i­dent Mark Em­mert said the board of gov­er­nors will con­sider per­ma­nently re­vis­ing its pol­icy at fu­ture meet­ings. But the NCAA said it will not change its rules that pro­hibit gam­bling on sports by ath­letes and all ath­letic depart­ment em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing coaches. Em­mert also is calling for fed­eral reg­u­la­tions of sports gam­bling, join­ing the NFL and NBA.

As for host sites, most of the NCAA’s ma­jor cham­pi­onship events are al­ready booked through 2022, in­clud­ing all rounds of the men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment. Women’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment sites are booked through 2020.

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