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Offbeat NCAA to allow championship events in states with sports gambling

18:51  17 may  2018
18:51  17 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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NCAA to allow championship events in states with sports gambling . On the heels of the Supreme Court ruling, the NCAA said it will temporarily suspend its current policy and allow states that condone sports gambling to host championship events .

Per long-standing policy, the NCAA does not allow championship events to be placed in states where sports gambling is legal. Opening up Nevada enjoyed “strong support” by the NCAA ’s competition oversight committee last week during meetings in Indianapolis.

Roughly 72 hours after the Supreme Court paved the way for individual states to legalize sports gambling, the NCAA said it will temporarily suspend its current policy and allow states that condone sports gambling to host championship events.

In a news release Thursday morning, the NCAA announced that it is adjusting its policy in the wake of Monday's ruling to "ensure championship location continuity." The NCAA's policy had previously prevented states that allow "single-game sports wagering" from hosting championship events.

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The NCAA Board of Governors has decided to suspend its policy regarding hosting championship competition in states that allow legal sports gambling , the Association announced Thursday. The rule specifically stopped championship events from taking place in states that allowed

Five states — New Jersey, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware — already had passed laws legalizing sports gambling before the In its most recent round of championship - event distribution in April 2017, the NCAA awarded New Jersey just two minor events : the 2019 Division III

The organization also clarified that Monday's decision does not change its rules prohibiting sports gambling. NCAA coaches, administrators and staff are still not allowed to gamble on sports, nor are the more 460,000 athletes who compete in 24 sanctioned sports.

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Meanwhile, NCAA President Mark Emmert called for a federal regulatory framework for sports gambling, echoing other sports governing bodies like the NFL.

"While we recognize the critical role of state governments, strong federal standards are necessary to safeguard the integrity of college sports and the athletes who play these games at all levels," Mark Emmert said in the statement.

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Following this week’s Supreme Court decision, the NCAA announced Thursday it will suspend its ban on locating championship events in states that offer sports Its restrictions on sports gambling sponsorships and advertising for championships and FBS postseason bowls also remain in place.

The NCAA is opening a door for states with legalized sports gambling to host NCAA championship events and officials in Nevada are already set The move comes three days after the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that barred most states from allowing gambling on professional and college

Chris Grove, who oversees the sports betting practice of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming LLC, told USA TODAY Sports earlier this week that the timing of the Supreme Court's ruling — after most state legislatures have adjourned — will likely ensure that most states will not be able to legalize sports gambling until 2019.

Grove said about 20 states have considered, or are considering, the legalization of sports gambling — "and I expect that number to balloon." New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware and Mississippi are expected to be among the first states to open sports books following Monday's ruling.

Contributing: Steve Berkowitz

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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