The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Board of Governors has affirmed its stance on athlete regulations in place to prevent corruption in college sports.
Current rules prohibit student-athletes and university administrators from wagering on sports or distributing information to other parties that are related to sports betting.
The decision was outlined by chair of the Board of Governors and President of the Ohio State University, Michael V Drake, who, following a meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Wagering emphasised that player availability would not advance student-athlete well-being nor the integrity of competition.
Drake commented: “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.”
The board has also encouraged the NCAA national office and member schools and conferences to provide additional educational resources to help protect student-athlete well-being and the integrity of competition.
It follows a decision in May, that saw the governing board of the NCAA vote to rescind the ‘NCAA Championships Policy Related to Sports Wagering’, which prohibited hosting championship competitions in any state that allows single-game sports betting.