The NCAA is known as being the first step into venturing off towards a professional career at the highest level – especially in baseball, basketball and football. However, the NCAA is also known for having strict punishments for what society deems normal (signing autographs for money, a kid’s gotta eat, right?) and today is no different.
Unfortunately for any NCAA athletes, participating in fantasy sports is strictly prohibited and could result in a loss of a year of eligibility. Oliver Luck, an NCAA executive said this to a group of athletes Tuesday.
… any athlete found to be gambling on college sports (includes daily fantasy such as Draft Kings) automatically loses a year of eligibility.
— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) September 22, 2015
Now, I can see if you’re betting against your team or anything relative to what your team is doing, but banning fantasy sports is absurd. They can’t participate in NFL fantasy, or any for that matter?
Athletes are allowed to play fantasy if there is no financial compensation for winning, so they basically aren’t allowed to gamble – except that gambling is legal in many States in which the gambling takes place.
Arguments have been made that fantasy-daily-football is skill based and luck, and isn’t technically gambling where you’re rolling the dice, playing cards etc. But executives don’t see it that way, and for the time being, all NCAA athletes need to steer clear of any fantasy.
I do believe that it is possible to play fantasy without being caught. Use a fake email, use your mom as the team owner etc. There are many loopholes and roundabouts that can allow athletes to continue to participate, even though it is technically not legal in NCAA standards.