The NCAA is vehement about its prohibitions on sports wagering, both legal and illegal. Reasons for this include:

  • The potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests
  • Jeopardy of the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community

What Does the NCAA Bylaws Regarding Gambling Contain?

NCAA Bylaws prevent student-athletes and members of athletic departments of member schools from knowingly:

  • Providing information to organized gambling activities about college competitions
  • Soliciting a bet on any college team
  • Accepting a bet on any team representing an institution
  • Soliciting or accepting a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item having tangible value
  • Participating in any gambling activity involving intercollegiate athletics or professional athletes through a bookie, a parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling

Other Prohibitions Not Expressly Contained in the NCAA Bylaws Concerning Gambling

The NCAA Interpretations Committee has made it clear that student-athletes cannot solicit or accept a bet for any material item that has tangible value. However, institutions competing against each other may agree to participate for a tangible item such as a trophy providing student-athletes receive no tangible item.

The Interpretations Committee also prohibited student-athletes and athletics department staff members from participating in gambling activities associated with professional sports, which the NCAA conducts championship competition, Division I-A football and emerging sports.

Can I Be Reinstated after Losing Eligibility Due to Gambling?

If you are a student-athlete who has lost his or her NCAA eligibility due to gambling, reinstatement will be difficult. The NCAA Eligibility Committee determined higher conditions for restoration should occur for cases involving gambling. The Eligibility Committee looks at precedent as well as other factors to determine whether to restore eligibility.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Gambling on NCAA events qualifies as one of the most serious offenses in eligibility. Consulting a qualified business lawyer could help you in regaining eligibility or fighting a charge.