New NCAA Survey Shows That 25% of Schools Were Aware of an Athlete Being Harassed by Gamblers

  • NCAA surveyed campus compliance directors at all Division I, II, and III schools
  • Some directors had concerns about the ease of which people can hide their betting
  • NCAA President Charlie Baker called on sportsbooks and regulators to help more
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A new NCAA survey shows that 25% of college campus compliance directors are aware of an athlete receiving harassment from a gambler. [Image:]

A rise in betting-related issues

A new NCAA survey looks into the effectiveness of betting-related education for athletes and staff on campuses all across the US. The college sports organization released its findings on Wednesday after speaking with campus compliance directors at every Division I, II, and III member school in July and August.

27% of the schools had a sports betting-related issue involving either staff or athletes

One of the key findings was that 27% of the schools had a sports betting-related issue involving either staff or athletes over the past 12 months. This represents a significant increase from the same survey question in 2019. A similar number of directors were aware of an athlete being on the receiving end of harassment from a gambler either online or in person.

Over 95% of people involved in college sports at Division I schools are receiving some type of betting education, as well as at the majority of lower-tier schools. The topics up for discussion include the NCAA bylaws, the passing of insider information, state laws, and addiction.

A need for more support

Many of the compliance administrators want to get more wagering resources from the NCAA. Staff are currently working on new educational modules that will be available in the coming weeks.

The survey results come off the back of high-profile betting scandals at the University of Alabama, Iowa, and Iowa State.

Some of the concerns highlighted in the survey responses included the ability for people to easily hide their betting behavior by using other peoples’ betting accounts and the difficulty in providing engaging and varied education to continue to capture the attention of coaches and students.

A rallying cry

NCAA President Charlie Baker wanted this survey so the organization could analyze sports betting trends in colleges and see what types of education athletes and staff are getting. He spoke about how “Student-athletes are getting harassed by bettors, and billion-dollar ad campaigns are targeting young people across the country.”

Another NCAA survey from May shows the proliferation of sports betting among the general student population, with 67% of on-campus students engaging in sports wagering.

Baker believes that sportsbooks and regulators also need to do their part to protect these people and the integrity of games. The intention is to take the results from the survey and turn them into tools that will help schools to better deliver wagering-related information.

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