Sports gambling has grown exponentially over the past few years, as countless fans have made wagers on both college and professional sports. There is a ton of support for sports gambling, but none of that support is coming from Pittsburgh athletic director Heather Lyke.
On Wednesday, Lyke asked members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to forbid gambling on college sports. She said all ACC presidents oppose feel the same way about this issue.
“I know I speak for all athletic directors when I say that we strive to foster academically, athletically, and personally life-changing opportunities for our student-athletes and enable student-athletes to excel after their collegiate careers,” Lyke said. “While sports wagering might create revenue opportunities for states, it will ultimately undermine the integrity of intercollegiate sports and the academic, personal and social experiences of students and student-athletes at our institutions.”
The main issue is that Lyke believes gambling will affect the integrity of the game. It’s tough to prove that’s actually true, but clearly she’s not the only athletic director that sees gambling as a negative for the NCAA.
Pitt AD Heather Lyke is arguing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that there shouldn’t be legal betting on college sports. pic.twitter.com/FgYkiQWNHt
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) July 22, 2020
We’ll find out soon if the Senate Judiciary Committee gives Lyke’s request any consideration.
According to ESPN, over $900 million was gambled on college football last season. There is a huge market for NCAA sports, regardless if athletic directors like it or not.
It’s fair to say that gamblers will be anxiously waiting to place wagers on college football games this fall. Gamblers haven’t been able to place many bets this year due to the lack of sports.