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NCAA March Madness – Sports Wagering Reminder

March 1, 2012

It’s that time of year again! March Madness is almost upon us and the Athletics Compliance Office would like to remind you about NCAA rules regarding sports wagering. Specifically, we wanted to remind you that the NCAA prohibits student-athletes, coaches, and all athletic department staff members from wagering on college or professional athletic events. Even activities you might consider to be “harmless” are prohibited and all sports wagering activity is subject to penalty. Sports wagering has been defined as putting something at risk, such as an entry fee, with the opportunity to win something in return. As such, student-athletes, coaches and administrators may not participate in competitions where there is both a required entry fee and an opportunity to win a prize. Thus, it is not permissible for individuals from any of the following groups to bet on the men’s or women’s basketball tournaments:

  • Student-athletes*;
  • Coaches;
  • Athletics department staff members;
  • Nonathletics department staff members who have responsibilities within the athletics department; or
  • Nonathletics department staff members who have responsibilities over the athletics department (e.g., chancellor or president, faculty athletics representatives).

* Coaches – Please share this message with your student-athletes.

Please review the list below which includes examples of impermissible sports wagering:

  • Entering a pool at work or at any other location;
  • Placing a bet on the internet on a college or professional sports event;
  • Entering online pools (including the current basketball pool on and other websites);
  • Placing a $5 bet with your co-workers, family members, or friends;
  • Participating in fantasy leagues that require an entry fee or offer any type of winnings (e.g., cash, gift certificates, merchandise, discounts, etc.);
  • Purposely affecting the outcome of a game or contest in which you are involved; and
  • Providing information about your team, teammates, or other student-athletes to anyone who places bets on college or professional sports.

To view an important message about sports wagering from the NCAA, please click on the on the following link: Don’t Bet On It!

Please contact the Athletics Compliance Office if you have any questions or concerns related to sports wagering.


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