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Bylaw 10.3 • Staff members of a member conference, athletics department of a member institution and student-athletes shall not knowingly: • Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate competition; • Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
Bylaw 10.3 (continued) • Accept a bet on any team representing the institution; • Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has a tangible value; or • Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.
Keep in Mind: • NO sports “pools,” including March Madness bracket. • Contests that award a prize and require a fee to participate. • NO Internet gambling on sporting events. • NO fantasy leagues that award a prize and require a fee to participate.
Keep in Mind: • NO sports wagering using “800” numbers. • NO exchange of information about your team with: • ANYONE who gambles. • In other words, no information about injuries, new plays, team morale, discipline problems or anything else.
Sanctions • Minimum year suspension from collegiate participation if you solicit or accept a bet or participate in any gambling activity (college or professional) through a bookie, parlay card or other method of organized gambling. • If you accept or place a bet on any team at your school, you will be declared PERMANENTLY INELIGIBLE. Bylaw 10.3.2
Recent Sports Wagering Scandals • January 2011, a former University of Toledo men’s basketball player pleaded guilty to conspiring to influence sporting events between 2004 and 2006. • 5 more former student-athletes have been indicted and are working on plea deals. • April 2011, two former University of San Diego men’s basketball student-athletes and a former coach were indicted on conspiring to influence sporting events between 2004 and 2006.
Case Precedent • Graduate assistant trainer has been betting on college and professional football games with a bookie. • Basketball head coach resigned after participating in fantasy leagues that ranged from $100 to $300. • 28 men’s baseball student-athletes withheld from competition after participating in March Madness tournament pool. • Golf student-athlete sold institution issued golf clubs to pay sports wagering debt. The student-athlete was dismissed from the University.
Fantasy Sports Case Precedent • The Division II Committee on Infractions issued a violation of Bylaw 10.3 because of dealings with fantasy sports leagues. • The head coach owned and operated a fantasy football league enterprise and employed student-athletes. • The fantasy football league awarded prizes over $100,000.
Educational Materials • www.Dontbetonit.org. • Men’s and women’s basketball video. • Don't Bet On It posters. • AGA Newsletter. • Sports Wagering Tool Kit. • Sports Wagering Brochure.
Guest Speaker Former University of Maine Women’s Field Hockey Student-Athlete Lesa Densmore