NCAA Sports Wagering Don't Bet On It

NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes, athletics department staff, and non-athletics staff with responsibilities over athletics from engaging in sports wagering activities.

The NCAA's prohibition on sports wagering applies to all competition at all levels (intercollegiate, amateur, or professional) in all sports in which the NCAA conducts a championship.

Institutional practice activities are also included in the sports wagering ban.

A wager occurs when a student-athlete or applicable staff member places a bet agreeing to give up an item of value (e.g. money, food, clothes) for the chance to win another item of value.

Examples of banned sports wagering activities include:

  • Use of a bookmaker
  • Internet betting
  • Pools and fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize

Penalties for engaging in sports wagering activities include loss of eligibility for student-athletes and potential termination for staff members.

NCAA rules and federal law also prohibit "point shaving," which is defined as purposefully holding down the score of a sporting event to impact who will win bets against a point spread

Providing information about a player to individuals involved in organized gambling activities is considered participation in a gambling activity and is prohibited.

Questions on sports wagering or any other NCAA rules? Contact the Weber State Office of Athletics Compliance at 801.626.8552.

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