According to ESPN, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the college's sports governing body, wants the federal government to step in and regulate sports betting.
Sports gambling became legal at the federal level in 2018 thanks to a decision by the US Supreme Court to lift a nationwide ban outside of Nevada. This didn't make sports betting legal in every state. Instead, the Supreme Court ruled that individual states now have the right to legislate on the matter. Now the NCAA doesn't agree with that.
The current state of sports betting in America
Prior to May 2018, Nevada was the only state with licensed, legal bookmakers. Every year, millions of sports enthusiasts came to Las Vegas to attend a variety of sporting events.
Since the Supreme Court ruling in favor of bookmakers, 11 states have legal sports gambling, most recently Indiana and Iowa. The states with legal sports betting are as follows (in order of enactment): Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arkansas, New York, Iowa, Indiana.
Some Indian tribes in New Mexico and Oregon may also accept sports betting. But neither state has a full sports betting bill.
Another six states have passed laws, but bookmakers are not yet operational. Expect soccer betting in Illinois, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Tennessee soon.
The NCAA wants federal sports betting laws
The NCAA is not fighting to ban sports betting in America. However, the governing body of collegiate athletics in the United States does not fully approve that states should have the right to make their own laws.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R-Utah) are working together on a two-party bill that will allow the federal government to step in and regulate sports betting.
The proposed law has not yet been presented in the Senate and the timetable for its implementation has not been defined. At this point, that's just the starting point for the two politicians who are aboard the NCAA.
The NCAA wants the federal government to legislate for sports betting, not individual states. They say it would be best if there was only one set of laws.
"We fully support federal regulation," said ESPN, NCAA's vice president of Hearing Surgery, Naima Stevenson Starks, sports betting specialist. “It's hard to think that each state would have a different set of laws. Having certain minimum standards, we are very supportive and actively advocate. ”
"The Supreme Court in its decision posed a challenge so that the complete separation of an athletics academy would not be something that would be legally questioned at the end of the day," said Starks. “Surely, if there was an opportunity to do some kind of sculpting in college athletics, that would be the thing that would support me the most. Whether that would be something the proposed federal legislation would provide, given that states already do, I think it may pose a challenge to passing the bill, which is the ultimate goal. "