In its never-ending vendetta against
legalized sports betting, the NCAA’s Management Council last week approved a
proposal that would prohibit certification of sporting events at venues that
offer wagering on college sports.
The NCAA’s board of directors will
review and most likely vote on the proposal at their Thursday meeting in
Although the measure does not mention
Nevada by name, it implicitly targets the state’s casinos, which in the past
have sometimes hosted NCAA basketball tournaments.
“The measure is designed to provide
criteria that currently do not exist,” NCAA spokesperson Jane Jankowski told GamingToday
on Friday. She added that the bylaw change reflects the NCAA’s ongoing
opposition to all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering.”
The issue arose this past summer when
it was announced that Paris Las Vegas would host three NCAA-certified basketball
tournaments in November and December.
Jankowski said that member schools may
not participate in any tournament unless it is certified. But since the venue
was subsequently changed to Valley High School in Las Vegas, she said there was
no way to gauge whether the tournaments would have remained certified (under a
grandfather clause) should the NCAA board approve the bylaw change.
“It became a moot point when they
changed the venue,” she said.
The bylaw change would also apply to
summer basketball leagues seeking NCAA certification and other athletic events
that seek participation of member schools.
Officials at UNLV, which often hosts NCAA tournaments, were unavailable for comment on Friday.