NCAA Suspends Five Richmond Baseball Players For Playing Fantasy Football
Over 50 million people played some form of fantasy sports last year. With that being said, it does not come as a surprise to find out that a few college kids down at the University of Richmond are involved in the exciting world of Fantasy Football. No big deal, right? That's what one would think, but the issue arises when you are playing, while being a collegiate athlete.
As reported by the Richmond-Times Dispatch, five of the Richmond Spiders premier baseball players are suspended while the NCAA completes its investigation on whether these players violated the NCAA's gambling policy.
Anyone can play Fantasy Football. This is true, but in any scenario where there is money being exchanged or put down the NCAA has strict rules in place that prohibit this kind of involvement. There can not even be an entry fee for whatever league one chooses to be apart of. The rules are clear cut:
“You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required.”
The season is underway for the Richmond Spiders and the five student-athletes are waiting to hear word on their reinstatement. This is tough lesson for the young guys, but rules are rules.
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