NCAA considers championships in states with sports bets
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.