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:
Further, the NCAA believes that banning legal betting on all collegiate sports will serve the following practical purposes:
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
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 220.127.116.11: 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.
1) Will a student-athlete’s eligibility be affected if another person auctions off their autograph on eBay?
2) Will FSU face repercussions if a student-athlete (who has completed his or her eligibility), has
memorabilia auctioned off on eBay?
Please submit your answers to the Compliance Office by February 29th.
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.
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