Penn State president requests no NCAA sports betting for 2 years

Penn State president requests no NCAA sports betting for 2 years

June 30, 2018 8:20 AM
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Penn State President Eric Barron, in a recent letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), is requesting that no betting be permitted in Pennsylvania on any games involving in-state colleges for up to two years.

Barron said the schools, their conferences and the NCAA all need that time to orient athletes, coaches and others in their athletic departments to the potential risks and problems associated with sports betting. Nearby New Jersey is currently declining wagers on New Jersey college teams, but will take bets on Penn State and other Pennsylvania schools.

Pennsylvania lawmakers have pre-authorized sports betting but have yet to finalize regulations or a tax structure for the new industry.

PGCB spokesman Doug Harbach said Penn State's concerns have been taken under advisement.

Barron's proposal, as reported by the website pennlive.com, does not call for a total exclusion of betting on collegiate sports, or even, necessarily, a permanent ban on betting on the local teams.

"We are asking for the time needed," he wrote, "... to initiate and strengthen our policies and procedures related to sports wagering in order to educate, train and protect our students, student athletes, coaches and staff members, as well as preserving the integrity of our colleges and universities and their associated athletic programs."