Coping with the affect of regulated sports activities betting is likely one of the greatest points the NCAA has on its plate as of late. NCAA President Charlie Baker addressed these considerations just lately on the Way forward for Faculty Sports activities convention with some eye opening feedback about how school sports activities can deal with, and even monetize, the challenges of world the place sports activities betting is entrance and heart.
Baker doesn’t see regulated operators as an enemy of school sports activities, he sees them as potential enterprise companions. “That’s a significant alternative, proper in entrance of us. We have now a significant alternative to get into the sports activities betting area,” he mentioned in feedback reported on by Forbes.
The NCAA’s massive boss then went on to, seemingly, dismiss current controversies concerning the partnerships between Division I universities and gaming operators including, “… anyone who has a cellphone (being) in a position to guess from anywhere they need and two-thirds to virtually three quarters of all folks between the ages of 18 and 22 betting on sports activities.”
A number of main universities together with LSU and the College of Colorado have just lately damaged ties with sportsbooks due to criticism that they had been probably pointing school college students in direction of downside playing. The American Gaming Affiliation has additionally urged its membership to chop ties with faculties and universities for that exact same purpose.
Undeterred by actuality, Baker continued on saying, “The reality is, if there are many youngsters on campus betting on school sports activities and betting on the groups on their campus, this places student-athletes in a really tough place. … (The NCAA must) create a program that we hope we’re going to get everyone to endorse round serving to them develop the instruments and strategies (athletes are) going to wish to take care of these items.”
Whether or not or not Baker’s concepts make their means into the world of school sports activities stays very unclear at this level.