Statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling invalidating the federal ban on sports betting

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May 14, 2018

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling invalidating the federal ban on sports betting:

“This decision could allow states to make their own decisions about how to handle gambling on college sports. The Knight Commission encourages states to prohibit wagering on amateur and college sports. There should be a clear distinction between wagering on the outcomes of sport professionals and betting on students who compete for their college and high school sports teams.”

About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote a reform agenda that emphasizes the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission provides financial data about Division I college sports to enhance financial transparency. For news about the Commission’s May 7 meeting, visit www.knightcommission.org.