Anyone who has watched a live sporting event over the last few months has likely noticed the deluge of advertising for daily fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel, which have games for NCAA football and basketball. Today, the NCAA announced that it has barred the websites from advertising during championship events, including the NCAA Tournament next March.
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ESPN has more on the announcement:
The NCAA has informed daily fantasy operators DraftKings and FanDuel that they are barred from advertising during championship events, including television broadcasts, according to a letter obtained by ESPN on Wednesday morning.
The championship events include the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, according to the New York Times, which first reported the NCAA's letter Tuesday night.
NCAA bylaws include a long-standing section "that states we will not accept advertising from sports wagering entities" during championship events, the NCAA told ESPN. Leagues and organizations often have the right to approve potential advertising partners, just as the NFL has made Super Bowl broadcasters pass on ads in the past.
As of now, the websites plan to continue their college sports games, but the airwaves will slightly less cluttered with tales of new millionaires. Instead, we'll just have to sit through that commercial with Neon Trees a few thousand times.