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Compliance Corner March 2013
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NCAA Gambling Rules
NCAA Position Statement
“The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering on college sports. Sports wagering has become a serious problem that threatens the well-being of the student-athlete and the integrity of college sports.”
• Who is prohibited? NCAA Bylaw 10.3 expressly prohibits student-athletes, athletic department staff members, conference office staff, and non-athletics department staff members (i.e. any staff with responsibilities over the athletics department) from engaging in sports wagering.
• Which sports does this prohibition apply to? Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 10.3.1, prohibitions on sports wagering applies to any institutional practice or competition (intercollegiate, amateur, or professional) in sports the NCAA conducts championship competitions, including bowl subdivision football and emerging sports for women.
• What happens when a student-athlete becomes involved in point shaving? A student-athlete involved in “point shaving” or sports wagering on the student-athlete’s institution shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and post-season eligibility in all sports. (NCAA Bylaw 10.3.2(a))
• What happens when a student-athlete becomes involved in sports wagering? A student-athlete involved in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics through the Internet, a bookmaker, or parlay card shall be ineligible from all regular and post-season contests for a minimum of one year from the date the institution determined a violation occurred. (NCAA Bylaw 10.3.2(b))
NCAA Legislation means:
• NO wagers for any items (e.g., cash, dinner) on any professional or college sports event.
• NO Facebook March Madness pools.
• NO sports pools, including those run by your friends.
• NO Internet gambling on sports events.
• NO fantasy leagues that award a prize and require a fee to participate.
• NO sports wagering using “800” numbers.
• NO exchange of information about your team with ANYONE who gambles. No information about injuries, new plays, team morale, discipline problems, or anything else.
Gambling Away Your Eligibility
Sports wagering is an extremely serious violation that may result in a permanent loss of eligibility, loss of your job, or even subject to federal punishment. The following stories are excellent examples of where student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators alike, gambled away their eligibility to play sports, their jobs, and ultimately, their reputations:
• University of Auburn: Point Guard Varez Ward was suspended by Auburn University after the institution became aware of an ongoing FBI investigation for point shaving involving the player.
• University of Toledo: Adam Cuomo, a running back on the 1999-2003 University of Toledo football team, had a relationship with two Detroit area gamblers who agreed to bankroll a point-shaving scheme. Players on both the Toledo football and basketball teams pled guilty to conspiracy charges, including another former running back who admitted that he accepted $500 to fumble in a 2005 bowl game. Cuomo is currently awaiting sentencing and is expected to receive 24-30 months in prison.
• University of Tulsa: Former University of Tulsa Athletic Director Ross Parmley was fired after the FBI notified the University of the coach’s involvement in an Oklahoma City gambling ring.
• University of Washington: Winning close to $20,000 over the course of two years, the former University of Washington coach Rick Neuheisel was fired for participating in off-campus auction pools with neighbors during two NCAA basketball tournaments. Although Neuheisel was the “big name” punished, there were 13 other athletic department employees reprimanded for office gambling pools, including other coaches, an equipment manager and athletic trainers.