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February 2000

The Interpreter, FSU Office of Compliance


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NCAA Backs Effort to Ban College Sports Gambling

The NCAA has officially embarked on an all out assault on gambling. Armed with a definitive purpose and a knowledge of the magnitude of the task at hand, the NCAA is heading an effort to ban legal betting on all intercollegiate sports.


At the request of the NCAA, Senators Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, will sponsor federal legislation that would make it illegal to wager on intercollegiate sports contests. The NCAA is spearheading this effort based on the following considerations:

  • The NCAA membership opposes both illegal and legal sports gambling.
  • Gambling on college sports threatens the integrity of the game and welfare of student-athletes.
  • The National Gambling Impact Study Commission’s Final Report recommended a ban on all legal gambling on collegiate sports.
  • Collegiate sports gambling has significant social costs.
  • Gambling on the performance of young people is inappropriate.


    Further, the NCAA believes that banning legal betting on all collegiate sports will serve the following practical purposes:

  • Eliminating an avenue for those participating in point-shaving to “spread out” their money.
  • Eliminating any legitimate reason for periodicals to publish point spreads on college games.
  • Eliminating the legitimacy of sports touts and other sports handicappers.
  • Resensitizing young people to the illegal nature of betting on college sports.
  • Limiting exposure and reducing the number of people who are introduced to sports gambling.


    If passed, legislation banning betting on collegiate sports would not be the first federal action in this area. The 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prohibits the expansion of state-sanctioned, authorized or licensed gambling on sports. However, this legislation grandfathered several states that already conducted, or were contemplating, some form of sports gambling within their respective jurisdictions.


    The NCAA’s proposed legislation would eliminate the aforementioned exemptions. The legislation would further eliminate college sports gambling in the only state in which it is currently legal, Nevada. This legislation is not only supported by the NCAA, but also by higher education associations such as the American Council on Education and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.


    So do you still think that gambling on collegiate sports is here to stay? DON’T BET ON IT!

    Chat Rooms & Internet Recruiting

    One of the latest sports crazes is Internet web sites that contain message boards and chat rooms. These sites allow an individual to post his or her opinions and viewpoints regarding a particular topic. Many of these sites contain a forum on recruiting, with several being dedicated solely to sharing recruiting information.


    According to NCAA Bylaw 13.01.5.1, representatives of an institution’s athletics interests are prohibited from making in-person, on- or off-campus recruiting contacts, or written or telephone communications with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardians. Bylaw 13.02.10 defines a prospective student-athlete as any student who has started classes for the ninth grade or is currently enrolled in a junior college.


    Posting a web board message directed to a prospective student-athlete is considered engaging in recruiting correspondence and is NOT PERMISSIBLE. Likewise, simply discussing or making general comments about a prospective student-athlete is considered recruiting publicity and is NOT
    PERMISSIBLE.


    All forms of electronic communication with a prospect is considered a recruiting contact by a representative of an institution’s athletics interests, and would hamper FSU’s ability to recruit that individual. Further, such contact may adversely affect the prospect’s future eligibility to compete for FSU. Prior to engaging in any form of communication with a prospective student-athlete, please remember to ASK BEFORE YOU ACT! You can contact FSU’s Compliance Office at 644-4272.

    From the Interpretation File

    Bylaw 12.5.2.2: Use of a Student-Athlete’s Name or Picture without Knowledge or Permission.


    If a student-athlete’s name or picture appears on commercial items (e.g., T-shirts, sweatshirts, serving trays, playing cards, posters, photographs) or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete’s knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics.


    Contest Questions

    1) Will a student-athlete’s eligibility be affected if another person auctions off their autograph on eBay?


    a) Yes

    b) No


    2) Will FSU face repercussions if a student-athlete (who has completed his or her eligibility), has
    memorabilia auctioned off on eBay?


    a) Yes

    b) No


    Please submit your answers to the Compliance Office by February 29th.

    ……In the News

    As the Tank Turns . . .

    In this edition of “As the Tank Turns”, embattled sports agent Tank Black has been accused of participating in an investment scheme used to defraud several of his clients out of their money. Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor lost his entire $5 million signing bonus after being advised by Black to invest in the scheme.


    Taylor was the biggest victim of a group of approximately 15 NFL players who lost roughly $15 million in a fraudulent investment plan also known as a Ponzi scheme. Attorney’s say Mr. Black did not know the Ponzi scheme was a fraud.


    NCAA in no Rush to Reinstate JaRon:

    The NCAA has suspended UCLA sophomore forward JaRon Rush for a total of 44 games for taking money from a sports agent and AAU coach.


    In addition to the suspension, Rush must also repay $6,125 for the value of benefits he allegedly received from an AAU coach. UCLA announced that it plans to appeal the NCAA’s penalties.


    A Limit to No Limit?:

    No Limit Sports, the agency founded two years ago by rapper Master P, has been dropped by four prominent NBA players in the last few weeks. The players were Ron Mercer of the Orlando Magic, Derek Anderson of the Los Angeles Clippers, Ricky Davis of the Charlotte Hornets, and Bonzi Wells of the Portland Trailblazers.


    Despite the defections, No Limit’s Managing Director Leland Hardy claims that he is still “encouraged about our (No Limit’s) future as a pre-eminent sports agency.”


    Federal Court Dismisses Adidas’ Suit Against NCAA:

    Adidas Inc., which claimed that the NCAA and its Bylaw 12.5.5 violated the Sherman Act (a federal antitrust statute), will not make it to the courtroom after a federal court dismissed the claim. The court held that Adidas failed to properly define the market where the NCAA allegedly restrained trade.


    Adidas filed the suit based on the NCAA’s enforcement of Bylaw 12.5.5, which limits the amount of advertising that may appear on a student-athlete’s uniform and equipment used during intercollegiate competition.


    The court’s holding that Adidas failed to state a claim was based on the fact that the NCAA is a voluntary unincorporated association, and can only be sued for the purpose of enforcing a federal right or where a statute so provides.


    WSU Hockey on Thin Ice:

    Wayne State’s hockey program may be forced to forfeit six wins because right wing Dave Peca played professional hockey. Peca, a freshman, played eight games in the Ontario Hockey League for $70 when he was 17.


    Important Reminders

  • There will be a coaches certification test on February 18th. The Compliance Office will send out practice tests once they are made available.
  • A video conference scheduled to aid high-school administrators, counselors, and coaches will be conducted on February 22 from noon to 2 p.m. E.S.T.
  • All coaches who’s teams are competing over spring break must submit their Form 9 for vacation period meal money to Pennie Parker.
  • All coaches must make sure that any foreign student-athletes have applied for, and received, a Social Security number.

    February Recruiting Calendar

    Men's Basketball
    Feb. 1 - Feb. 29...............Quiet Period
    
    Women's Basketball
    Feb. 1 - Feb. 29...............Quiet Period
    
    Football
    Feb. 1 - Feb. 3................Dead Period 
    Feb. 4 - Feb. 29..............Quiet Period
    
    Softball
    Feb. 1 - Feb. 29.....Cont./Eval. Period 
    


    Compliance Staff

    Mr. Bob Minnix

    Associate Athletic

    Director for Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Ms. Pennie Parker

    Director of Compliance Services

    Mr. Brian Battle

    Compliance Coordinator

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