Don't Bet On It!

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: February 01, 2012
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As the Super Bowl kicks off on February 5 and with the March madness of men's and women's basketball on the horizon, this is a reminder on the NCAA's strict rules against gambling/betting on sports. 

All athletic department staff members (coaches, secretaries, ADs, etc.) and student-athletes shall not knowingly participate in sports wagering activities or provide information to individuals involved in or associated with any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics competition.

Sports wagering includes placing, accepting or soliciting a wager (on a staff member's or student-athlete's own behalf or on the behalf of others) of any type with any individual or organization on any intercollegiate, amateur or professional team or contest.  Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize.

Along with the strict rules come strict sanctions.  A memorable instance of a sports wagering problem occurred with former Washington Huskies' and current UCLA Bruins' football coach, Rick Neuheisel.  Coach Neuheisel's involvement in a NCAA men's basketball pool, along with other issues, led to his release at Washington.

Please remember that involvement in a NCAA tournament pool can lead not only to a letter of reprimand, but also to the loss of a job.

Although pools that do not require an entry fee, but do award prizes (Facebook, ESPN) are not illegal per se under NCAA rules, the NCAA "strongly discourages" participation in such pools.

All coaches should talk with their student-athletes about the problems/concerns that the NCAA men's basketball tournament can bring.  Coaches should educate their student-athletes on the rules and make sure that the student-athletes are not involved in any NCAA pools.

No Super Bowl pools, squares, etc.

No Basketball Bracket pools

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