GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With the “March Madness” of the NCAA Basketball Tournaments across all three divisions upon us, it is a good time to reflect on the NCAA’s “Don’t Bet on It” campaign, which supports the organization’s policy of prohibiting student-athletes, athletics department staff members, conference office staff and its own employees from engaging in sports wagering.
As the NCAA notes, the organization “opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering, which has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community.” NCAA member colleges and universities have defined sports wagering as “putting something at risk – such as an entry fee - with the opportunity to win something in return.” Because of this, student-athletes, coaches and administrators from an institution, as well as all staff members from a conference office, may not participate in bracket competitions where there is both a required entry fee and an opportunity to win a prize. Likewise, non-athletics department staff members who have responsibilities within or over the athletics department, such as the school president or faculty athletics representative, cannot participate in such an activity either.
For student-athletes, the penalty involved in sports wagering on their own institution is permanently losing all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports. Also, a student-athlete who is involved in any sports wagering activity that involves college sports or professional athletics, through internet gambling, a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling, will be ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition for at least one year. Athletic adminstrators found in violation of this rule could potentially be terminated from their position.
To help educate student-athletes, coaches, athletic administrators and the general public about its rules regarding sports wagering, the NCAA has established a “Don’t Bet on It” website that can be customized for the individual student-athlete by gender, sport and division. CBS basketball commentator Clark Kellogg, a former Ohio State University student-athlete, serves as host throughout the navigation of the site.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) would like to spread this important message as well. Thus, this month’s NEAC Trivia Contest will revolve around “Don’t Bet on It,” with a fictional scenario being laid out and a question evolving from that regarding sports wagering then being asked. Be sure to check back on both the NEAC Facebook and Twitter pages Thursday afternoon for the trivia question and have a chance to win a prize! Be sure to also look for the hashtag “#NEAC10” on both of those media outlets for clues on when the contest will begin.
The NEAC is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this academic year and will hold multiple events throughout the year to commemorate the occasion. One such event will be holding a monthly trivia contest for all students on member campuses, where they can win various NEAC prizes. For full details on the NEAC’s anniversary plans for this year that were announced back in September, click here. The themes of prior NEAC trivia contests can be found below:
The North Eastern Athletic Conference has twelve NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College. Bryn Athyn College and Pennsylvania College of the Technology will both join the conference as full members in 2014-15. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis). The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.