On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that sports gambling was legal, finally catching up with many other industrialized countries. This requires infrastructure put in place by the states, of course, so you can’t just go out and wager anywhere just yet. But we’re on our way to something resembling normalized sports betting.
From a fan perspective, that provides some extra fun provided you’re not suffering from gambling addiction (and if you are, there are options for help). But this does give college sports administrators something to think about, as the News & Observer detailed when looking at the ACC spring meetings.
Granted, I don’t necessarily think this puts a ton of stress on ADs and school presidents. Adopt a conference-wide policy to allow advertising (prudent), then decide whether or not that means anything is actually legal on-site (perhaps not just yet). If you want to create a policy to ban athletes or coaches from betting on games they’re involved in, that’s probably for the best. These aren’t hard decisions, as much as they’re just ones that need to be made. That may be over-simplifying, but thinking you have to be a sports betting expert to create these rules also seems overly cautious.
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In the longer term, though, everyone in college and pro sports is going to have to reckon with legalized gambling. Regulated and taxed, it’s a revenue stream that should long ago have been tapped for the public’s benefit instead of driven underground. The mechanics of how to do that, and the role NCAA and the pro sports leagues will play, remain undefined.
Doeren said the coaches would also discuss the impact of spring recruiting visits. Under the new recruiting legislation enacted last year, recruits can now take their official visits starting at the beginning of April and running through the June. The three-month window has caused a bit of concern for coaches.
The 14 players with the most on the line at the NBA Draft Combine (College Basketball Talk)
TYUS BATTLE, Syracuse*: Trying to figure out what to make of Battle as a prospect is difficult. On the one hand, he spent this season as an inefficient, shoot-first lead guard that had more turnovers than assists. On the other hand, he was more or less the only outlet offensively on a Syracuse team that didn’t provide him with much help and asked him to take a large number of bad shots.
Bromley, who shared a locker room with a handful of SU products in New York, will get to match up against former teammate Andrew Tiller in practice again. The Saints signed Tiller, a fourth-year offensive lineman, after he bounced around practice squads before breaking into a lineup with the San Francisco 49ers.
NBA Mock Draft 2018: Latest 1st-Round Projections for Best Prospects (Bleacher Report)
Brothers Caleb and Cody Martin from Nevada, who also boosted their stock in the NCAA tournament, Syracuse’s Tyus Battle and Maryland’s Bruno Fernando are among the prospects who could alter the complexion of the first round with strong combine showings.
Oben Enjoys Syracuse Visit (CuseNation)
Syracuse Football makes Top 5 for 2019 LB Omari Fiffer (Inside the Loud House)
SU elects new Board of Trustees members (Daily Orange)