%^$Over the last several years, gambling and sports wagering have seen dramatic increases in the number of people who are participating in such activities. In fact, although the internet has become one of the fastest and most-used learning tools on college campuses, it has also made the temptation for college students to gamble much greater. Although internet gambling only contributes to a small part of the overall revenues from gambling activities, it has quickly become the fastest-growing segment of gambling. The reason for this drastic increase has much to do with the fact that students have access to the internet at all hours of the day and all that is required to gamble on the internet is a credit card. Today, 45 percent of college students’ own credit cards and 20 percent of the students own four cards. In fact, the average college student maintains an average balance of $2,500 (Mitchell, Sports Business Journal Feb. 1-7 1999). This is an issue that clearly will not go away as it continues to grow significantly on a daily basis and must be addressed on college campuses as well as in society.%^$
%^$In an effort to try and combat these issues, the NCAA has adopted rules prohibiting gambling on college and professional sports for student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, and athletics conference and NCAA staff. NCAA Bylaw 10.3 addresses the issue of gambling by stating:%^$
%^$NCAA Bylaw 10.3: Gambling Activities
%^$Staff members of a member conference, staff members of the athletics department of a member institution and student-athletes shall not knowingly:%^$
%^$(a) Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition,%^$
%^$(b) Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team,%^$
%^$(c) Accept a bet on any team representing the institution,%^$
%^$(d) Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value, or%^$
%^$(e) Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling.%^$
%^$The following contains a list of questions about what is and is not permissible in regards to gambling activities.%^$
%^$1. Is it permissible for a student-athlete to place a wager on any OSU sporting event?
%^$NO. According to NCAA regulations, student-athletes, coaches, or other staff members of the athletics department shall not knowingly solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate team representing the institution.%^$
%^$2. Is it permissible for a student-athlete to solicit or accept a bet on any professional sport team?
%^$No. Student-athletes and athletics department staff are prohibited from participating in any gambling activity associated with professional sports in those sports that the NCAA conducts a championship. Permissible gambling activities for those who are of legal age would include: horse racing, dog racing, and casino games (e.g. blackjack, slot machines, etc.).%^$
%^$3. Is a student-athlete allowed to gamble on the internet?
%^$No. Student-athletes are not allowed to gamble on the internet. Not only is internet gambling considered an NCAA violation, it is also illegal.%^$
%^$4. Is it permissible for a student-athlete to place a bet with a student bookmaker?
%^$No. It is not permissible for a student-athlete to use a student bookmaker to place bets or any other method employed by organized gambling.%^$
%^$5. Is it permissible for a student-athlete to change the outcome of an athletic contest because of a bet?
%^$No, it is not permissible for student-athletes to change the outcome of an athletic contest as this is referred to as shaving points or actively altering the outcome of a game and constitutes a NCAA violation.%^$
%^$6. Is it permissible for student-athletes and athletics department staff to participate in office pools for the NCAA March Madness Tournament?
%^$No. Student-athletes and staff are not permitted to participate in office pools for the NCAA tournament by filling out brackets or any other related activity because that is a form of gambling that is associated with a NCAA sanctioned championship.%^$
%^$7. Are fantasy football and baseball leagues permissible gambling activities under NCAA regulations?
%^$No. Because both the fantasy football and baseball leagues involve using “real” players in professional sports, it is considered an impermissible gambling activity.%^$
%^$8. What are some of the consequences for student-athletes and athletics department staff found to be in violation of the gambling regulation?
%^$According to Bylaw 10.4, “Prospective or enrolled student-athletes found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be ineligible for further intercollegiate competition, subject to appeal to the Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet for restoration of eligibility. Institutional staff members found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in enforcement procedures, whether such violations occurred at the certifying institution or during the individual’s previous employment at another member institution.”%^$
%^$Please remember that the above information addresses only the key issues of the extensive NCAA Bylaws concerning Gambling Activities and is not an exhaustive discussion. For questions or to receive more information, please contact The Ohio State University Compliance Office at (614) 292-2681.