For years, the NCAA Tournament has not been able to hold games in Las Vegas. This is due to an NCAA bylaw that prohibits official championship events from being held in places where gambling is legalized.
That is going to be changing due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling about sports gambling in the United States. The NCAA Tournament should be coming to Sin City.
The NCAA announced this morning that it will no longer prohibit championship events from being held in places where gambling is legalized.
“The NCAA supports a federal model addressing legalized gambling and has suspended its championship host policy related to sports wagering,” the NCAA announced this morning.
The NCAA supports a federal model addressing legalized gambling and has suspended its championship host policy related to sports wagering: https://t.co/q9EMdYioob
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 17, 2018
“Our highest priorities in any conversation about sports wagering are maintaining the integrity of competition and student-athlete well-being,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “Sports wagering can adversely impact student-athletes and undermine the games they play. We are committed to ensuring that laws and regulations promote a safe and fair environment for the nearly half a million students who play college athletics.”
“While we recognize the critical role of state governments, strong federal standards are necessary to safeguard the integrity of college sports and the athletes who play these games at all levels.”
The NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas is going to be a ridiculous amount of fun. Vegas is already a destination for the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament due to how much people want to bet on the games. That is only going to increase now that Las Vegas will likely be an NCAA Tournament site at some point in the future.