Sports wagering has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests, and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community. Sports wagering demeans the competition and competitors alike through a message that is contrary to the purposes and meaning of "sport." Sports competition should be appreciated for the inherent benefits related to participation of student-athletes, coaches and institutions in fair contests, not the amount of money wagered on the outcome of the competition. It is for this reason that the NCAA, the GLIAC, the ECC, and Lake Erie College prohibit athletic department staff members and student-athletes from engaging in gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate or professional sporting events.

What is Sports Wagering?

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.

NCAA Gambling Policy

NCAA Bylaw 10.3 states:

The following individuals 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:

(a) Staff members of an institution’s athletics department;

(b) Nonathletics department staff members who have responsibilities within or over the athletics department (e.g., chancellor or president, faculty athletics representative, individual to whom athletics reports);

(c) Staff members of a conference office; and

(d) Student-athletes.

**The prohibition against sports wagering applies to any institutional practice or any competition (intercollegiate, amateur or professional) in a sport in which the NCAA conducts championship competition, in bowl subdivision football and in emerging sports for women.

Sanctions/Disciplinary Action

  • A student-athlete who engages in activities that involve wagering on the student-athlete's institution can permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.
  • A student-athlete who participates in gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics may lose eligibility for all regular season and postseason competition for a minimum of a period of one year and shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition. If the student athlete is determined to have been involved in a subsequent violation of Bylaw 10.3, the student-athlete shall permanently lose all remaining regular season and postseason eligibility in all sports.
  • Institutional staff members found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in Bylaw of the NCAA enforcement procedures.

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